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             Borusan Kocabıyık Vakfı

             Educational Activities

            Borusan  Kocabıyık  Foundation  has  a             try.  Borusan  Kocabıyık  Foundation  also

            long-standing commitment to education,             disbursed 133 scholarships to students
            which  Asım  Kocabıyık  believed  was  cru-        studying in Turkey and abroad in 2016.
            cial for determining Turkey’s future. Boru-        Scholarships for classical music educa-
            san Kocabıyık Foundation has built many            tion are pivotal, with 26 students having
            schools: Borusan Otomotiv Zehra Nurhan             benefited to date, and four current recip-
            Kocabıyık Primary School, Gemlik Borusan           ients.  BKF  also  contributes  to  improving                          Women
            Primary School, Borusan Asım Kocabıyık             Turkey’s educational sector by supporting
            Industrial Vocational High School, Kocaeli         platforms such as the Education Reform                                 Empowerment
            University Asım Kocabıyık Vocational Col-          Initiative.
            lege.  The  Foundation  has  also  provided                                                                            Borusan believes that women have the               sexual  discrimination  and  in providing
            major support to other projects, such as           Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation also coor-                             same social and economic rights as men.            equal opportunity for the professional de-
            the restoration of Istanbul University’s Fac-      dinates Ertuğ and Kocabıyık Publications,                           Women comprise only seven million in               velopment for all employees.
            ulty of Economics Library. In some cases,          which publishes books of exquisite quality                          Turkey’s  37  million  working  population
            BKF  directly  supports  the  schools  it  has     and content that focus primarily on the Ot-                         and  one  in  five  Turkish  women  lives  in      As in Turkey overall, the number of female

            built while, in others, it does so indirect-       toman, Byzantine, Roman and Hellenistic                             poverty. According to the World Econom-            employees at Borusan working in tech-
            ly through agreements with local govern-           eras. The publication of these books, which
            ments to meet the schools’ needs. Its ac-          contain scholarly articles and stunning                             ic Forum’s Gender Equality Index, women            nology, engineering and management is
            tivities include donating books to schools         photographs,  is  a  joint  project  of  Ahmet                      hold only 12% of administrative positions          low and there are hurdles to hiring wom-
            and, in 2016, it donated 7,575 books to            Kocabıyık, Chairman of Borusan Holding,                             in Turkey.                                         en for factory employee positions. Boru-
            the libraries of 41 schools across the coun-       and architect-photographer Ahmet Ertuğ.                                                                                san established its “Equal Borusan Social
                                                                                                                                   In response, Borusan supports its wom-             Equality” platform to tackle these issues.
                                                                                                                                   en employees as a matter of company
                                                                                                                                   policy, promoting gender equality, and it          Moreover, Borusan has signed many rele-
                                                                                                                                   provides infrastructure and financial sup-         vant protocols and commitments, the first
                                                                                                                                   port to enable women in other sectors              and foremost being the UN Women’s Em-
                                                                                                                                   of society to participate in professional          powerment Principles.

                                                                                                                                   life. Borusan develops its projects in the
                                                                                                                                   belief that the women empowerment in               Borusan was elected and invited to be
                                                                                                                                   economic and social life is a prerequisite         a member of the UN Women’s Empow-
                                                                                                                                   of  a  sound  economy,  a  more  equal  so-        erment  Principles  Leadership  Group  in
                                                                                                                                   ciety, development, sustainability, human          2015, becoming the first and only Turkish

                                                                                                                                   rights, and a rising quality of life.              company to achieve this status. Through
                                                                                                                                                                                      its  work  on  women’s  empowerment,  it
                                                                                                                                   Borusan’s human resources policies have            has become a leader of the cause, not
                                                                                                                                   made  significant  headway  in  eliminating        only in Turkey, but the world.

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