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BORUSAN LOJİSTİK NAMED FINALIST FOR “MOST SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERING AWARD” AT AWARDS FROM THE HEART

Borusan Lojistik has been named among the four finalists shortlisted for the Most Successful Volunteering Program Award at the Private Sector Volunteers Association’s (ÖSGD) Awards attended by many companies. Borusan Lojistik made it to the finals thanks to its volunteering projects contributing to education, the environment and society. Awards from the Heart aims to nurture a dynamic relationship among companies in the private sector and lead to popularization of the concept of volunteering. 

Borusan Lojistik has an important place in corporate culture with its work with respect to the environment and people. The company’s social responsibility activities mainly include activities related to education and the environment. Borusan Lojistik focuses not only on logistics activities, but also on adding value to Turkey through its social responsibility studies. 

Borusan Lojistik’s largest social responsibility project, which is still being carried out today, is the 1 million tree planting project known as “7 Trees Forest”. Another comprehensive social responsibility project which the company recently completed was the complete overhaul of Atmaca Elementary School in Mardin to meet all the needs of its pupils. 

Support towards the development and education of children 

In its social responsibility work oriented to educating children, Borusan Lojistik focuses on meeting the various needs of the school and supplying books for children. Under this work, the company completely refurbished Atmaca Elementary School in Mardin. Meanwhile, donations from volunteer Borusan Lojistik employees also ensured that the children’s clothing and stationery needs were fulfilled. Borusan Lojistik has also built a Borusan Lojistik Library at a school within the scope of the Read-Think-Share project, organized in cooperation with Young Guru Academy. The company’s volunteers received activity leadership training and met the brightest students from 6th and 7th grades at Şemsi Paşa Primary School, Borusan Lojistik’s sister school, in 1.5 hour sessions for 13 weeks. The volunteer activity leaders organized creative games, discussions and brain storming exercises each week on selected topics. These activities were aimed at improving the children’s imagination and encouraging them to learn to think differently. 

Borusan Lojistik’s volunteers aim to inspire elementary school students to gain a love for books and encourage reading habits through the “Curious Books” events coordinated with the Private Sector Volunteers Association (ÖSGD). At the “Curious Books” events, which started in Istanbul in 2010 and were also held in Ankara this year, the volunteers are trained first and then meet and work together with the children. The event aims to improve the imagination of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade primary school children. 

The company’s projects aimed at child development also include activities such as “Share Your Toys”, “Culture Ants”, and “Raise Your Hand If You Want to Share”. Borusan Lojistik supported the toy libraries that the Foundation for Women’s Labor Assessment (KEDV) established for children without toys living in poor neighborhoods of Mardin. As part of the company’s campaign the non-violent, educational toys donated by volunteers were sent to Mardin. 

The aim of the “Culture Ants” activity was to teach the children about the cultural and historical structure of the city in which they live. Within the project, cultural values were conveyed to the children using the methods of traveling, seeing, feeling, perceiving and learning by doing. Borusan Lojistik provided support via donations of storybooks, novels and fairy tales for elementary school children in the project conducted by the Ministry of Education, the Foundation for Educating Children (TOÇEV) and Cartoon Network. 

Finally, Borusan Lojistik has recently launched a book donation campaign for the newly opened library of İzmir Captain Ali Rıza Sadak Primary School in line with the request of the school’s English teacher. New or second hand novels, stories and poetry books that will improve the pupils’ imagination will be collected at all Borusan Lojistik locations and donated to the school. 

Environmental projects 

Borusan Lojistik, which carries out all its activities in accordance with the relevant environmental standards and works to protect the environment within the company, also supports the protection of the environment with its social responsibility projects and raises awareness of the issue. Among the important projects of the company is the 7 Trees Forest whose protocol was signed with the Foundation for the Protection and Promotion of Environmental and Cultural Heritage (ÇEKÜL) in June. Borusan Lojistik will plant 1 million trees in the areas allocated by ÇEKÜL within the scope of the program which will continue until 2015. In order for this campaign to have good results, the forest areas created will be surrounded by barbed wire. The trees will be protected for 5 years in cooperation with ÇEKÜL and the regional Ministry of Forestry, until they reach the age where they can continue unsupported. 

Another continuing project of the company is the Acorn Collection project. Within the scope of the project, corporate volunteers and their families collect oak acorns every year in October at Belgrade Forest in cooperation with the ÖSGD and the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, Reforestation and Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA). They plant the acorns they collect in specified regions and carry out environmental cleaning. 

The company also carried out a seafloor cleaning project at Caddebostan Coast called “Scavenger Fish”, which was sponsored by the Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association (TURMEPA) and supported by volunteer employees who have trained as divers. The volunteer divers went down to the bottom of the sea with experts from the Deepist Diving and Nature Sports Center and removed the garbage they could find. Volunteers on the land then made an inventory of this garbage. This activity was aimed at raising awareness of the sea pollution created by domestic solid waste and to inform about protection of the seas, marine ecosystems, marine life and marine culture.