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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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