The 7th Ordinary General Assembly was held on 6 May 2019 at Zorlu PSM Sky Lounge, Istanbul for the UN Global Compact Turkey, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative that promotes collaborative action of enterprises to create a sustainable, inclusive global economy. Convened to elect the new Management Board for 2019-2022, Mr. Ahmet Cemal Dördüncü, Board Member and Chair of Executive Committee of Akkök Holding, was elected as the Chair of the Management Board of UN Global Compact Turkey.

To serve through 2022, Mr. Dördüncü took over the post from Mr. Mustafa Seçkin, Board Chair of Unilever Turkey, Middle East and Iran.

In his acknowledgment speech, Mr. Dördüncü said: “Once the business community directs all knowledge on collaboration, agility and resources to generating solutions for goals and makes what it knows best i.e. “doing business” responsible, there remains no reason that it may fail to be the driver of transformation. We have a long way to march, but we believe that Global Compact Turkey is the right place for stakeholders who make an impact.”

Mr. Paul Polman, Vice-Chair of UN Global Compact and the guest speaker at the meeting, noted that humanity still lived in contradictions in many respects and said: “People today have longer and healthier lives. With more people than ever receiving training, the global economy boomed incredibly. However, such unparalleled global growth has a cost. To face the truth, our world today is in a deep crisis on account of growing climate change and huge inequalities.”

The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact promotes collaborative action of enterprises to create a sustainable, inclusive global economy.

The UN Global Compact supports companies across the world to align strategies and operations with the 10 principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and leads the business community in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

View the full list of Management Board and Supervisory Board of the Global Compact Turkey for 2019-2022 at www.globalcompactturkiye.org

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