Our Sustainability Approach

Sustainability is the most substantial aspect of our management approach. We strive to benefit people, society, and the environment by observing the Sustainable Development Goals in all our business processes.

Sustainability Policy

We support sustainable growth and development at every step of our value chain, structured around an integrated service approach. The Sustainability Policy that we have created in this context offers us a comprehensive road map in all areas we operate with our group companies.

Recognizing our duties to society and nature and our desire for a clean future, we strive to effectively manage our social, economic, and environmental impacts and support sustainable development worldwide, especially in the regions and sectors we operate.

Our commitments in line with our Sustainability Policy:
  • Acting in compliance with the relevant local and international legislation in the regions where we operate
  • Carrying out activities that support national, regional, and local development
  • Implementing the integrated risk management approach in all our business processes to take the necessary measures for this
  • Conducting our operations in accordance with ethical business principles and within the framework of corporate governance principles
  • Effectively managing the direct impacts of our actions and taking appropriate measures to safeguard biodiversity and natural resources.
  • To act with business processes and policies that care about human rights, occupational health, and safety, to provide a safe and decent work environment, and to convey this understanding to all our employees.
  • To closely monitor the risks and opportunities posed by climate change, to conduct the appropriate studies and collaborations
  • Adopting technologies and practices that support the circular economy, energy, and resource efficiency
  • Supporting technological development and implementing pioneering projects with an understanding of R&D and innovation
  • Adopting digitalization approaches that improve the efficiency and integrity of our manufacturing operations.
  • Based on the continuous performance improvement approach with the goals we setBased on the continuous performance improvement approach with the goals we set
  • To prioritize the development of our local suppliers within the framework of the understanding of supporting the local communities with which we interact
  • Establishing effective and transparent communication with our stakeholders and ensuring stakeholder participation
  • Continuing to add value to society through social responsibility projects
  • Continuously increasing the positive impact created within the scope of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Prioritization Analysis

Our sustainability management is determined based on our activities' social, economic, and environmental impacts and stakeholder expectations. To identify these impacts and expectations, we carry out a comprehensive prioritization process by analyzing a variety of research and stakeholder opinions.

During the prioritization analysis process, we evaluate GRI Standards, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Industry Priorities, Global Mega Risk Trends Research results, international reporting practice and reader evaluation research, competitor practices, and sectoral resources. As a result of the evaluation, together with our group companies, we create a pool of social, economic, and environmental impact areas that are targeted to be included in our sustainability portfolio.

We conduct screening studies with more than 300 employees and 25 senior executives working in our central unit and group companies, especially for the pool we have created. We test the issues identified in the process with the risk and opportunity analysis. The study also evaluates the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition, we receive opinions from more than 250 participants representing our external stakeholders, including financial institutions, customers, suppliers and business partners, media and non-governmental organizations, and universities. We reveal our sustainability priorities from internal company studies and external stakeholder analysis.

1st Degree Issues 2nd Degree Issues
Economic Performance Local Purchasing
Use of Advanced Technology Employee Performance Management
Customer Satisfaction Employee Engagement
Ethics Local Employment
Contribution to Society (CSR)
Employee Satisfaction
Positive Social Impact
Corporate Governance
Market Positioning
Indirect Economic Impacts
Supply Effects
Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption
Anti-competitive Behavior
Risk Management
Energy Management
Renewable Energy
Water and Waste Water
Stakeholder Relations

We believe that one of the key indicators of the management quality of companies is the ability to demonstrate a participatory management approach. With this perspective, we establish communication based on transparency, accountability, and lasting and mutual trust with all our internal and external stakeholders.

We facilitate the involvement of all our employees in management and create communication channels to increase the mutual exchange of information. We communicate with our employees continuously, periodically, or instantly through many communication channels. These communication channels include an integrated corporate intranet, internal surveys, e-mail and e-bulletins, corporate TV, posters and banners, reputation and satisfaction surveys, training practices, performance management system, interviews, working groups and committees, and complaint and suggestion systems. Employees of the contractor company also have access to many communication channels, particularly the complaint and suggestion systems.

We aim to strengthen our communication with all our stakeholders. We use various channels to create a participatory, timely, transparent, and two-way communication environment with our external stakeholders and employees. Many of the management systems we follow are shaped by stakeholder communication methods.

Furthermore, among our stakeholders with whom we frequently communicate are our customers, shareholders and investors, public institutions and local governments, trade unions, suppliers and contractors, professional organizations and non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, educational institutions, media organizations, and local people.

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include 17 goals that call for urgent action by all developed and developing countries globally. These goals are closely linked and intended to address the world's significant issues.

The SDGs help end poverty, protect oceans and forests, fight climate change and guide all of us in the environmental, social, and economic spheres, such as reducing inequality and promoting economic growth.

We all have a responsibility to implement the SDGs, not just governments. We advocate that the SDGs be understood and implemented as a priority for collective action by businesses, non-governmental organizations, and humankind.

We support SDGs at every stage of our value chain and focus on carrying out our work by expanding our social, environmental, and economic sphere of influence. We serve a total of 8 Sustainable Development Goals in line with the dialogues we have with our stakeholders and the global standards set by national and international industry associations:

Goal 5 : Gender Equality
Goal 6 : Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7 : Accessible and Clean Energy
Goal 8 : Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 : Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Goal 12 : Responsible Production and Consumption
Goal 13 : Climate Action
Goal 17 : Partnerships for the Goals

In addition to contributing to the country's economy, we have social responsibility initiatives that create added value for society. We participate in social projects by cooperating with universities, public institutions, non-governmental organizations, and local administrations. In this way, we not only offer valuable solutions that make a difference in society but also enable our employees to take part in awareness-raising actions and internal communication activities that feed their potential, with the awareness of sustainability and co-production. Through cooperation, we aim to contribute to the sustainability of social and economic life throughout the country, especially in the regions where we operate.

We support shifting the scientific power from our universities to industry. Our R&D and Innovation Center is working to create solid university-industry collaborations with its open innovation model. Our emphasis is on technologies that will increase efficiency and develop costs and competitive advantage, as well as the energy sector. As a result of our energy-intensive and, therefore, emissions-intensive business lines, we place a high priority on technologies that will reduce our carbon footprint. To this end, we are planning and developing international renewable energy projects to produce petrochemical raw materials.

Within our university-industry collaborations, we carry out the “Catalyst Development Project for DME Synthesis from Carbon Dioxide” with İzmir Institute of Technology (İYTE). In this project, we are developing a catalyst and process for converting carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere at Petkim's production plants to dimethyl ether (DME), a valuable product.

We aim to develop a more efficient catalyst and process with high selectivity for the synthesis of raw materials suitable for petrochemical input in the chemical recycling of plastic waste, with the “Development of Raw Materials Suitable for Refinery and Petrochemical Inputs from Waste Polyolefins Project” initiated in cooperation with our R&D and Innovation Center and METU. In the presence of a catalyst, waste polyolefins are transformed into high-value-added products under milder conditions. This is of great importance in reducing the harmful effects of plastic pollution and developing a circular, sustainable economy.

In 2021, we established the SOCAR R&D Gebze Process Systems Center at Gebze Technical University Technopark. Here, we carry out commercialization projects in cooperation with start-ups and universities working in areas such as sustainability, energy transition, waste management, and digital transformation. We transfer the experience of SOCAR R&D to universities and start-ups. By providing the development of domestic and commercial products, we both add value to the economy and have the opportunity to be a catalyst in implementing sustainable technologies.

Responsible Unit

Corporate sustainable development activities require a shared responsibility starting from senior management. We emphasize improving sustainability management as part of our business culture. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we established the Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee to determine, implement and monitor the performance of our group's strategies in sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

We are aware of our responsibilities to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. We monitor all our activities' environmental, social, and economic impacts and adopt a practical communication approach based on transparency with all our stakeholders. We periodically conduct ESG assessments with impartial supervisory firms to understand the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risks in our operating regions, measure how these risks will be managed, and identify improvement areas. We carry out continuous improvement studies with the outputs obtained from the evaluation. In addition to the progress of these studies, local and global developments and legal regulations are followed by the Sustainability Committee. Our committee makes suggestions and recommendations for initiatives that will ensure SOCAR Türkiye has the highest corporate governance standards and for the development of corporate governance.

Structure of Our Committee

Our Sustainability Committee, which operates under the SOCAR Türkiye executive committee, is chaired by our SOCAR Türkiye CEO and co-chaired by the Head of Strategy and Communications and Public Relations President, who directly report to our CEO. The Sustainability Committee also monitors and manages the areas covered by the Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee, which operates under the SOCAR Türkiye Board of Directors.

We focus on building policies based on the values of our organization. The most comprehensive of these policies are the SOCAR Türkiye Code of Ethics, Anti-Corruption and Trade Sanctions Policy, and SOCAR Türkiye Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment Policy. Our group companies use internationally recognized management system standards to address sustainability issues in their business areas. In addition, the 'SOCAR Aims for Efficiency' (SAFE) OHS Management System, implemented to cover our group companies, creates a healthy, safe, and environmentally friendly working environment in all areas, from offices to high-hazard activity areas.

Along with our activities, products, jobs, and economic values that we create, we adopt to support local and national social development through corporate responsibility projects, donations, and sponsorships we carry out in the social field. Our approach in this direction includes supporting environmental growth, sports, education, and culture and arts.

Sustainability is an integral part of our management approach with the mission of 'operating and developing efficiently and sustainably with experienced, knowledgeable and committed human resources at every level in our entire value chain'.

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