UN Global Compact Recognizes Turkcell CEO as a 2017 SDG Pioneer

NEW YORK–()–The United Nations Global Compact, the sustainability platform that the United Nations has launched to take away poverty and make sure that all folks stay in peace and prosperity, has decided 10 SDG Pioneers – people from world wide who’re championing sustainability via their very own corporations and mobilizing the broader enterprise group to take motion in pursuit of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Among the SDG Pioneers acknowledged is Kaan Terzioglu, CEO of Turkcell.

“Each of the 2017 SDG Pioneers is exhibiting how companies and pioneering individuals can be a force for positive change in addressing the issues we all face today,” stated Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact CEO and Executive Director. “Mr. Terzioglu has been impactful in showing how today’s technologies can empower distressed people in innovative ways. He has been a Pioneer in supporting refugees through mobile technology.”

Turkcell Chairman Ahmet Akca expressed his happiness about this significant award with the next phrases: “As Turkcell, we are acting with awareness of our responsibilities to leave a better Turkey for our children. We have developed various projects to support our brothers who have migrated from Syria, which is experiencing one of the greatest human dramas of the century we are living in. Today, every Turkcell employee has the diligence, hard work and effort in the projects we put into account in order to provide all sorts of needs; especially language learning for more than 3 million of our Syrian brothers whom we have hosted in Turkey, and for integrating them into the social environment. Finally, I congratulate all Turkcell employees, starting from General Manager Kaan Terzioglu, for their contributions to our country and to humanity which have earned this meaningful award given by the United Nations.”

Turkcell launched the applying of “Hello Hope” final yr in the course of the UN General Assembly week, on the United Nations Private Sector Forum. One yr later, the identical platform was being utilized by greater than 500 thousand “Hello Hope” customers – each making a distinction of their lives and galvanizing the world with its success story.

“When designing our solutions, we always set out with a simple question: How can we make the most meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it the most? It is our privilege to be a part of an industry which is extremely conducive to reaching large numbers of people with technologies that can really help” stated Kaan Terzioglu. “For refugees, a smartphone is the most accessible and powerful tool for survival and livelihood. Coupled with connectivity and meaningful digital services, it becomes a tool for new beginnings and normalization of lives. We are humbled to see that the Syrians in Turkey have benefited extensively from what we have to offer – and we are proud to be a part of the UN Global Compact community as a private sector player which puts humanitarian issues at the center of its work.”

The “Hello Hope” cellular app, which Turkcell developed to help the mixing of greater than three million Syrian refugees dwelling in Turkey, has reached greater than half million downloads since its launch in September 2016 in the course of the UN Private Sector Forum. Setting out with the objective of supporting Syrian refugees in Turkey to beat the language barrier, the app which is open to subscribers of all operators helps customers study Turkish, have entry to immediate voice translation between Turkish and Arabic, and profit from location based mostly providers and dependable info on important points such as registration, well being and schooling. The utility additionally presents quick access to Turkcell’s Arabic-language name middle.

Turkcell not too long ago complemented the cellular utility with the part 2 of the “Hello Hope” challenge. With the help of its private and non-private sector companions – AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey) and Prodea Systems – Turkcell constructed and outfitted a fiber-connected know-how middle at a non permanent refugee camp in Southeastern Turkish metropolis of Kahramanmaras. Using the ultrafast fiber connectivity and lecture rooms outfitted with IPTV units and tablets, the camp’s residents – together with 10 thousand kids – can entry schooling and life-style content material.

Every yr, Global Compact chooses “business leaders” who’re attracting consideration with their work that serves 17 international growth targets. Between tons of of candidates and tasks from numerous nations, 10 names are set to encourage the worldwide enterprise world. The announcement of chosen pioneers takes place on the Leaders’ Summit in New York.

Taking humanitarian and sustainable growth as one in every of its priorities, Turkcell has been a member of the Global Compact, the world’s most widespread sustainability platform, since 2007. The Global Compact has 250 corporations and non-governmental organizations in Turkey.