Setting the agenda

April 25, 2014

IICPSD and CSCP students meet at Bosphorus University

MENU OF OPTIONS: Students and business leaders bring ideas to the table. Photo: IICPSD

The Regional Environmental Center's country office in Turkey (REC Turkey) has established a new partnership with Bilkent University in Ankara and Bogazici (Bosphorus) University in Istanbul. The Corporate Sustainability Certificate Programme (CSCP) for business and public sector professionals is aimed at those willing to learn more about sustainability practices and concepts that apply to their particular spheres of activity and beyond.

Since 2007, numerous CSCP participants have met with representatives of the United Nations Global Compact, the UNDP and other development agencies, government and civil society organisations seeking answers to the big questions currently challenging the global system. From environment to society-related concerns, businesses are willing to pursue sustainable alternatives that not only improve competitiveness and secure growth, but also improve the quality of life and preserve nature and resources.

For the 2014 CSCP the Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) was invited share its vision and outline its role in building more sustainable and inclusive markets. The audience included business managers from Vestel, Ekol, Anadolu Efes, Erke Green Academy, Brisa Bridgestone Sabanci, SUCSR, Zorlu Energy Group, TUSIAD, Steel Exporters Association, LS360 Consulting, SISECAM Group, Istanbul Minerals and Metals Exporters and Turkey UN Global Compact Network.

"Sustainability encompasses principles of good governance, environmental conservation and inclusiveness, the latter defining the fundamental role of the private sector in reducing poverty, inequality and social exclusion," stated IICPSD Director Simona Marinescu. "Through innovation, businesses build bridges between market performance and human development - which is our main institutional goal."

REC Turkey Director Rifat Unal Sayman expressed interest in further partnering with the IICPSD for a new CSCP training programme that incorporates inclusive business models and practices as a necessary transformation that private enterprises should undertake in order to expand operations in poorer markets and create opportunities at the base of the income pyramid where 4 billion people are underserved.