Our Working Areas
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As Center for Social Innovation, we design corporate sustainability strategies and support the implementation processes with applications that act with social values and have a high awareness of responsibility.
In order to create long-term value in companies, we call corporate sustainability the process of considering economic, environmental and social factors together with corporate governance principles in company activities and decision mechanisms and effectively managing the risks associated with these factors.
The fact that the huge problems facing humanity can be solved with a holistic solution process involving all social actors; the public expectation that companies, as ‘Good Legal Citizens’, should be sensitive to the needs of their society, the individuals that make up the society, and the planet; the needs of companies to strengthen their corporate sustainability and competitiveness; economic processes alone are not sufficient for the company to establish a successful future; adding social and environmental performances as well as economic performance to company valuation criteria; the preference of investors for companies that are sustainable, socially sensitive, preferred by consumers and successful in attracting talent has made sustainability studies the main agenda of companies.
What social, cultural, environmental and financial results do our actions / business processes produce? What are the expectations from our institution? What do we expect from sustainability studies? Questions such as these constitute the most basic issues when starting out.
Today, citizens (consumers) expect companies with whom they have an economic exchange relationship to remember that they are a part of a whole; not to be content themselves with only providing quality products and services; not to act insensitively, only by complying with legal conditions; to adopt and implement good governance standards; to determine a strategic approach; to act in accordance with the country and company culture, global connections and the requirements of the sector in which they operate; to design preparation, implementation and monitoring processes well; to always aim for the better in terms of preparation and potential; to create a holistic, systemic and sustainable impact; to be open to stakeholder participation and involve their employees in the process and, to do what they say, to say what they do.
Sustainable Development and Companies
It is also in relationship with many different concepts such as corporate sustainability, social responsibility, responsible investment, employee volunteering, supply chain, philanthropy, social innovation, corporate citizenship, responsible business, inclusive business models, social impact, social entrepreneurship.
The understanding of sustainable development, defined as a development model that can meet the needs of today’s generations without compromising the ability to meet the needs of future generations, requires companies to consider the environmental and socio-economic development perspective while protecting/ increasing their profitability. It aims to adopt an approach based on the sustainability of the planet, where societies achieve a just and equal standard of living, live in prosperity in harmony with nature, and in order to achieve this, all institutions cooperate for a fair and inclusive peace environment.
At this point, companies need to be aware of their roles aiming at social inclusion in order to eliminate the factors that prevent individuals and groups who have been exposed to social exclusion due to economic, social and cultural reasons from taking part in economic and social life, and to ensure their integration with the society by increasing their quality of life. In making this happen, they are expected to support inclusive businesses and business models that offer essential products and services to the low-income, or that include low-income workers as suppliers or entrepreneurs in their supply chains.
Carrying out sustainability activities of the companies, its positive effect on the brand value, trust and reputation of the company; increased profitability with reduced costs in the medium and long term; ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified workforce; raising awareness of new business opportunities and innovation opportunities; contribute to the development of innovative products and services; easier access to capital; This results in a number of positive results, such as effective risk management and, as a result, prolonging the life of the company.
As Center for Social Innovation, we set out with the goal of a sustainable and quality life for people, society and the planet. It’s no secret that our planet is on the verge of (or indeed is) serious ecological problems. Environmental organizations and activists, as well as scientists, warn us almost every day. Sometimes you have to put doing something for the planet before even working for people and society. Because what you do for people and society may pose a threat to the sustainability of the planet. There is an often misconception that the environment and sustainability in general are costly. However, with a socially innovative approach, you can reduce your environmental impact and control your costs. Most institutions and companies tend to do their production and operation processes in the way they know. However, what we need is to review with all the elements of the business particulars about whether it is possible to do what we do otherwise. It is often possible to see that many environmental and even financial impacts can be easily mitigated with this holistic review process.
“Companies are living organisms, we keep bringing in mechanics, but we need gardeners”, says Peter Senge. Organizations that do not restructure their activities in a meaningful way on the basis of environmental impact and corporate sustainability today have no chance to survive in the long run. Because in the communication age we live in, it is impossible for an institution to provide customer satisfaction and belonging by harming the planet and the quality of life. A major crisis is ahead, and if you manage to survive, a huge cost of restructuring awaits you. However, starting corporate sustainability studies by creating a socially innovative corporate structure can spread this cost over time, and the developments you reveal can provide you with significant returns in the short term. At this point, it is one of the urgent responsibilities of corporate managers to add experts who can look at processes from different angles to the professionals who have similar perspectives, concerns and habits that they are accustomed to work with.
As Center for Social Innovation, it provides companies with expertise in corporate sustainability issues, and we provide process consultancy for the determination of the economic, social and environmental impacts of the institution and the development of social innovative solutions required for the improvement of related processes.