The Global Compact Turkey has step forward to fight with plastic pollution through a cooperation with TUSIAD and Business Council for Sustainable Development Turkey (BCSD) which is managed by Ebru Dildar Edin, Corporate and Investment Banking Executive Vice President in Garanti BBVA and created “Business Council Plastic Initiative.” The companies which aim to be the part of solution by answering the need of initiative will declare their plastic commitment in 2021.
Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts with the support of Koç Holding, the 16th Istanbul Biennial has spread the plastic problem and its effects to the wide masses by using the strong visuality of art. Global Compact Turkey, BCSD Turkey, and TUSIAD created Business Council Plastic Initiative through stepping forward the fight with plastic pollution. The Business Plastics Initiative was established to encourage private sector organizations to create commitments for plastic and to transparently report their commitments annually. The plastic commitments of the companies in the venture will be regularly reviewed and progress will be shared with the public every year.
The introductory meeting for Business Council Plastic Initiative was held in ARTER at 20th November 2019. Within the scope of the event, information was provided on the subject.
26 companies that responded to the initiative’s call announced that they will set their plastic commitments by 2021. Business Council Plastic Initiative will continue to encourage the private sector on this issue by repeating this call for companies.
The welcome speeches of the Business Council Plastic Initiative introductory meeting were made by Koç Holding CEO Levent Çakıroğlu and IKSV General Manager Görgün Taner.
Levent Çakıroğlu: I find this determination very important
In his speech at the opening of the meeting, Koç Holding CEO Levent Çakıroğlu emphasized, “The private sector’s responsibility on global problems is increasing day by day” and he continued as follows; “plastic issue is one of the topics where the private sector can produce a fast and distinctive solution with its innovation and technology capacity. I believe that as the studies in this area progress and the scale grows, alternative materials will become more competitive. As Koç Group, we have committed to ending disposable plastic consumption by the end of 2020. However, we see this as a beginning. In the coming period, we will further expand the scope of our work on plastic. We are still working in different focus areas in Koç Group companies, from reducing the use of plastics to producing plastic alternatives or installing circular systems. We will expand and accelerate these works. When Turkey and considering the urgency of the solution to be developed for the plastic pollution in the world to act together very big problem for this complex and of great importance. The number and scope of collaborations have been developed by the private sector on a global scale are increasing rapidly. A wide range of activities are carried out from supporting circular economy models, investing in innovative solutions to reduce plastic pollution, developing industry guidelines, and reducing primary plastic use. For this purpose, today I find it very important to that bring together around for a common vision through the Global Compact Turkey, Business Council for Sustainable Development and TUSIAD.”
Görgün Taner: As IKSV our target is to create a consciousness for waste management
İKSV General Manager Görgün Taner; “This year, the Istanbul Biennial was focused on one of the most important issues today with the title“ Seventh Continent ”. Especially to plastic waste. The biennial had far-reaching effects. While hundreds of thousands of viewers visited the biennial, they had the opportunity to think about the effects of human activities on the world and other living species. Many different cultural institutions have started working on programs that address this issue. Different collaborations have been developed for savings that can be made in resource use, such as reducing plastic and paper use. In this process, we, as İKSV, reviewed our ways of working and started to implement new applications. As İKSV, our goal is to contribute to the measures taken against climate change by saving on resource use, and to raise awareness about waste management. For this reason, we will start the process of becoming a part of WWF's Green Office program. ”
Following the opening speeches, a panel was moderated by Yekta Kopan. Head of the Global Compact Turkey Ahmet Dördüncü, Business Council for Sustainable Development Chairman Ebru Dildar Edin and TUSIAD Chairman Simone Kaslowski gave information about the Initiative in the panel.
Ahmet Dördüncü: I call on other companies to join this initiative
Chairman of the Global Compact Turkey Ahmet Dördüncü, drawn the importance of Sustainable Development Goals, "Sustainable Development Goals call for action in nature consisting of 17 objectives for the current development level of different countries. "The conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development is the13rd of these Goals". Touching on the importance of the oceans and seas for human life and the contribution of the related sectors to the economy, Dördüncü said, “We cannot solve our problems with the thoughts and actions that create them. If we want to maintain our level of prosperity, we must change our behavior, he said, and pointed out that new business models to be developed on plastic can be an incredible opportunity for the business community.
"Today, it is very precious that 26 companies announced to report their commitments to the plastic until 2021. We will use our global experience and knowledge as Global Compact Turkey and will provide expert support through the international network. In addition, we will contribute to spread successful examples emerged in Turkey's progress by sharing regional and global network." he said. Saying that they are not late for the companies that have not yet joined the Initiative, Dördüncü said, "I call on other companies to put their hands under the stone and join them."
Ebru Dildar Edin: We believe that the solution for plastic pollution can only be developed with the cooperation of the private sector, public, civil society and academia.
Ebru Dildar Edin, Chairwoman of the Board of Business and Sustainable Development Association, expressed the following in her speech; “As a business association that has been acting with the mission of keeping sustainability at the top of the agenda of business leaders for 15 years, we are happy to launch the Business Council Plastic Initiative today.
Due to the pressures on the ecosystem and the risks on human health, the world is transporting from the linear economic model we call “produce-use-throw”; It goes into the "circular economy" model, where waste is seen as a resource that is actually recycled and used. The Ellen Macarthur Foundation, which has contributed greatly to the concept of Circular Economy to enter the world terminology, launched an initiative called Global Commitment in 2018 on plastic pollution, involving the business world and all relevant stakeholders.
Signed by over 400 organizations and continuing through the cooperation of World Economic Forum (WEF) we have become one of the signatories as BCSD Turkey. By signing this commitment, we underline that we support a vision that plastic never becomes waste in the circular economy.
In line with our commitment to deliver mission of BCSD Turkey as business solutions and we knew it would need support in the production stage. In this regard, we will provide broad support to companies in capacity development, good practice development and creative solutions. We also attach great importance to the solution for plastic pollution. We believe that the solution can only be developed with the cooperation of the private sector, public, civil society and academia. ”
Simone Kaslowski: We invite our stakeholders to adopt 'Responsible Production and Consumption' targets with the Business Council Plastic Initiative
TUSİAD Chairman Simone Kaslowski said the following about the Business Council Plastic Initiative:
“Our planet faces serious risks. Climate change and plastic pollution issues are among the highest in these risks. Studies say that plastic, which weighs about 8 million tons per year, joins the seas and oceans, and more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic float on our planet. This point shows us that we need to make important transformations in our production and consumption patterns.
It is very important that all stakeholders adopt the problem with active participation and take steps towards solution. With this understanding, we aimed to create the "Business Council Plastic Initiative" and bring the business world, which is an important transformative force in the plastic issue.
To adopt 'Responsible Production and Consumption' targets to our stakeholders with the Business Council Plastic Initiative; We invite you to pursue the vision of reducing the ecological footprint. We should develop a solution at the source before the plastic problem occurs with changes to the production and consumption patterns. In this way, it can also increase raw material savings and resource efficiency; we can make a significant contribution to waste management work and most importantly to the protection of the environment and ecosystems. The public is rapidly developing strategies for plastic pollution recently. As TUSİAD, I see our most important role as integrating the knowledge and experience provided by the initiative into policy making and advocacy work on plastics. I also believe that this initiative has a strong ground for cooperation with the public.”
Companies included in Business Council Plastic Initiative
Through the scope of Business Council Plastic Initiative 26 company has announced that they will be the part of solution by determining their plastic commitments until 2021.
The companies included in Business Council Plastic Initiative mentioned below (alphabetical)
Coca Cola İçecek
Nestle Waters Türkiye