SUSTAINABILITY

Society And Environment

Corporate Social Responsibility

We work hard in order to contribute to Turkey’s development and help sustain the country’s ability to compete on a global scale. As a component of our corporate responsibility, we work to help Turkey fulfil its goals in the area of sustainable development through various voluntary projects in the fields of education, health, culture, arts, and sports.

Dreams Need Information

While focusing on equal opportunities, we launched the "Dreams Need Information" project in cooperation with Young Guru Academy and Twin in order to present our strenght in R&D and innovation to the future generations.

We spread the approach of Open Innovation to young people and children via "Dream Need Information" and pioneer the social innovation by reflecting our works that we perform in our business segment to our social responsibility projects that we carry out with an approach of sustainability in order to help Turkey being a country producing advanced technologies and spreading these around the globe.  One of the most distinctive features of this project which is the pioneer of the Social Responsibility 4.0 model, is the mobilization of Ford Otosan's technological strengths with a vision that will benefit the society.

In the first phase of the “Dreams Need Knowledge” project, which aims to provide problem solving skills to children who do not have access to new technologies by using technologies such as sensors, coding and artificial intelligence; we will send programmable vehicle sets with basic sensor technology and autonomous driving feature. We aim to raise awareness about the things they can do with technology by letting children to solve the tests presented in their tool sets or creating their own experiments.

The "Artificial Intelligence Supported Autonomous Toolkit" that we are going to share with the children in the second phase of the project shows our F-Vision approach more concretely. The set includes basic image recognition algorithms, artificial intelligence model trials with block coding, training and installation of the new artificial intelligence models, artificial intelligence usage scenarios and new problems. Within the scope of the project, autonomous and artificial intelligence tool sets will be delivered to 500 schools in 3 years.

Environmental Management

We see the environment as a valuable gift which must be protected to safeguard the benefits of future generations. We see environmentally friendly production methods as just as important a part of our sustainability policies as making products which themselves have a minimal impact on the environment. In this regard, issues such as water, responsible material consumption, waste management and biodiversity, besides the matters of energy, greenhouse gas and airborne emissions, constitute the areas where we aim to improve environmentally friendly and efficient production, thereby reducing our negative impact on the planet.

The basis of our commitment to the environment is enshrined in the Ford Otosan Environment and Energy Policy, which harmonises the Koç Holding Environmental and Energy Policy with the conditions set out in the Ford Motor Company Environmental Policy Letter and international standards. Within this scope, we expect our employees, suppliers, contractors, and all relevant business partners, to act in accordance with the Ford Otosan Environmental and Energy Policy, and aim to improve the environmental managing talents of our employees and partners through training programmes and activities aimed at increasing environmental awareness throughout society.

Energy and Climate

Aside from the protecting the physical environment, climate change, which has the potential to create massive economic and social issues, is one of the world’s most significant concerns. We see an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and the world’s increasing energy demands, as a potential cause for greater problems associated with climate change.

But the fight against climate change is not just important in order to maintain our future quality of life, or to lower the risks to the environment, we also view it is also as a means to reduce our operational outgoings, and increase our competitive edge in a future in which reduced consumption is an asset. The Ford Motor Company and Koç Group’s Climate Change Strategy provides our road map in this endeavour. The most important chapter in this publication is that which focuses on increasing energy efficiency and lowering carbon emissions as a means, on one hand, to protect the environment, and on the other, to be more competitive. This is why we constantly promote projects aimed at increasing efficiency in every level of our activities.

We also work hard to limit the amount of emissions, such as greenhouse gases, which are created as a cause of our production processes. At every one of our production plants we record the air emission values at legally proscribed periods and keep the limiting value under control.  

Green Design

We make strenuous efforts to ensure our products and production methods have a minimal impact on the environment, even from the design phase. We evaluate all our products in terms of energy usage and environmental impact within the scope of the Ford Otosan New Project Environmental and Energy Review Procedure. We aim to ensure the protection of the natural resources, ecology, biodiversity, climate, air and water quality, soil and forests of where we operate, and reduce the waste of energy, water, and other materials. If we find unassailable risks posed to any of the above, we immediately set about for an alternative design, and undertake this review even during the in the admission and start-up phases.

Ford Otosan is committed to promoting the responsible manufacturing, handling and use of our products. That’s why we support the underlying goals of REACH, a European Union regulation that concerns the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals.

We specifically support Regulation EC 1907/2006) Article 33(1). That’s because the Regulation relates to Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) which appear on the current List for Authorisation. If these substances do exist in a product, it’s important to guarantee their safe use. So the Regulation is designed to enable customers to take any appropriate risk management measures: an aim and objective we wholeheartedly endorse