Our Objectives on Sustainability

We are here for a sustainable future!

We are proud to be Turkey's first Bank to achieve a corporate governance grade and are conscious of our responsibilities. We keep track of our compliance with corporate governance principles at the board of directors level and aim to improve it. We work nonstop in line with our sustainability objectives, in compliance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to deliver our children the best possible future.

What are we doing for Sustainable Banking?

  • We achieved the sum of our Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions at the level of 48%, compared to our reduction target of 5% compared to our base year 2018.
  • We measure, verify and report our carbon footprint annually. In this context, we set our annual carbon footprint reduction target within the scope of Scope 1 and Scope 2 to be 5% reduction compared to the previous year.
  • As a result of the actions taken to reduce water use, we have exceeded our 5% target by reducing water consumption per employee by 17% until 2023, with 2018 as our base year.
  • We also measure, verify and report our water footprint on an annual basis. In this context, we set our annual water footprint reduction target to be 2% compared to the previous year.
  • In the field of energy management, we obtained 3,638 MWh of electricity, which corresponds to 25% of our electricity consumption, from renewable sources and we received the I-REC International Renewable Energy Certificate developed by the Netherlands-based International Renewable Energy Certificate Standard (IRECS) to promote renewable energy investment and use. We continue our efforts to increase our use of renewable energy.
  • We aim to increase energy efficiency in the field of energy consumption by 25% in 2022 and 2023 compared to the base year 2018.
  • We are aware of the importance of renewable energy in terms of environmental sustainability, and we continue our efforts for renewable energy in our branches. We will meet the energy needs of our branch from 100% renewable energy, together with the SPP project carried out in the Edirne branch, which was started in 2022. Our facility in question has a production capacity of 15,000 kWh, which corresponds to the electricity consumption of approximately 5 branches.
  • We continue the energy efficiency studies of our Headquarters building, which has the LEED GOLD certificate, which is the certification rating environmentally friendly buildings.
  • As Şekerbank, we know that we have played a leading role in the financing of sustainable development since our establishment. In light of this information, as Şekerbank, in 2022, we continued to be included in the "BIST Sustainability Index", which includes companies traded in Borsa Istanbul with a high level of corporate sustainability performance.
  • We continue our Environmental, Social and Governance studies, and we are regularly rated by rating agencies.
  • We support projects that add value to these fields in order to make cultural arts accessible to everyone.
  • We organize trainings for our employees on environmental awareness and climate change under the headings of Sustainability and ESG, and aim to raise awareness. We keep track of how many people complete the relevant trainings on an annual basis, and we aim for all our employees to complete the trainings.
  • As Turkey's Sustainable Bank, Şekerbank, knowing that combining the local with the global also supports sustainability goals, we continue to play an active role in international initiatives in this area as well.
  • Together with the “Sustainable Banking Committee”, we coordinate our operations within this scope in order to plan and develop the sustainability studies within our Bank and to add our sustainable development understanding to all our activities.
  • With our lending activities within the scope of financial inclusion, which is one of the main components of our sustainable banking strategy, we reached 1,105 more women tradesmen/entrepreneurs in 2022, and we aim to increase this number exponentially in 2023.