Private Sector Partnerships
UNDP Turkey has been successful in establishing over 50 partnerships with the private sector through building on UNDP’s comparative advantage in building local capacities for enhanced social inclusion of vulnerable groups among disabled, youth and women and less developed communities and tackle environmental challenges. The examples of partnerships make UNDP Turkey as the leading agency in development partnerships and CSR with extensive experience over the past two decades.
UNDP’s partnerships with private sector support an inclusive economy. Inclusive business models create win-win situation for all stakeholders. The partnerships between UNDP and businesses create both social and business impact, which cultivate a healthier growing economy.
For example, when Microsoft sponsored an ICT peer education project, it increased its access to qualified workers as well as boosted the employment opportunities for those who undertook the training. UNDP’s efforts were then supported by other ICT companies, namely Vodafone, Cisco, IBM and Intel, as well as the Government of Turkey, to turn the initiative into a major information society transformation programme in Turkey, which benefited over a million disadvantaged people.
In other partnerships with Peugeot, Koc Holding, Vodafone and Ayder, it was possible to break social deprivation and improve opportunities for disabled individuals to be more active and productive citizens. Business members in all around Anatolia participated in a country wide awareness campaign towards a barrier free economy in Koc Holding’s “For My Country” partnership and disabled members of the society joined social enterprise efforts at the remarkable facilities of “Dreams Academy” in Istanbul and Kas, Antalya.
Visa, Experian and Credits Bureau of Turkey are some of other organizations, which worked with UNDP for building society’s financial management capacities through financial literacy trainings to achieve more sustainable growth and a less vulnerable economy through better financial decisions, stronger wealth creation potential and less risky behaviour.