Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations in 2015, guide the business world in terms of contributing to social development by opening important windows of opportunity. The financial services sector should be reshaping market opportunities in line with the society’s needs, to ensure a comprehensive, strong and stable economy for all individuals and to achieve social welfare. Our sustainability vision combined with our ambition of leadership in the banking sector includes activities integrated with the Sustainable Development Goals. While the work we carry out serves a more inclusive, low-carbon and resourceefficient economy, it also guides us in broadening our range of products and services and in carrying out leading practices in the sector.
This work includes developing responsible products and services targeting different income groups, investing in the supply chain, contributing to the employees’ welfare and happiness by developing their skills and efficiency, and investing in renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Besides, as a finance provider, the fact that we manage our environmental, social and governance risks and finance our projects in a responsible manner, contributes to our goals of creating sustainable and inclusive economic growth and raising awareness in the sector. Based on our strong belief that educational reforms are an essential pillar of social development, we support quality education our social investment programs. We encourage gender equality both within the organization and the society in general through our programs and products which ensure the empowerment of women and the value we place on people as well as our inclusive and egalitarian human resources policies. We contribute to the supporting of our employees with decent job opportunities to increase the competency of our skilled human resources. We combat against climate change, support the projects aiming to spread responsible consumption and production models, and finance advanced and innovative infrastructure investments. We also offer products to increase the move towards renewable energy resources. We are aware that the cooperation with various sectors enables all these goals to be achieved. We cooperate with peers, suppliers, nongovernmental organizations and governments by our sense of leadership in terms of sustainability and by taking advantage of new opportunities through determining best practices and product samples at a global level.
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In 2021, Garanti BBVA contributed TRY 60 billion to the efforts aimed at raising awareness and know-how transfer to a variety of stakeholders including public bodies, policy makers, private companies, universities and NGOs for sustainable development. 76,26% of this amount was contributed to lobbying activities for climate change, 14,81% was contributed to lobbying activities for sustainable finance and 8,93% was contributed to other lobbying activities. Garanti BBVA's contribution to election campaigns or donations to political parties was 0 in 2021.