Corporate and Social Responsibility
Corporate and social responsibility is perceived as a top priority at Rönesans Holding. Commitment to clients, employees, local communities, and the environment comes first for Rönesans. Therefore, Rönesans has adopted some specific principles to become a trusted and responsible company and employer. According to these principles, Rönesans Holding cares about the health and safety of its employees, protects the environment, conducts business in an ethical manner, promotes local economies, and supports the social life of people.
Partnering with the Communities and the Society
Rönesans Holding is not only responsible as a corporation, but also as a member of the societies it conducts business. Therefore, Rönesans gives great importance to social responsibility activities, such as share value or give back programs. Local Communities also receive the support of Rönesans through charity, sponsorship and donation programs. Rönesans Holding believes that its work has full value only then when it helps and shares with others.
Working side by side with customers, communities, contractors, government entities, and local organizations, helps Rönesans to establish common goals around project benefits and risks. This also allows Rönesans to tailor its social investments and volunteer efforts to improve access to basic community needs. Therefore, Rönesans is committed to supporting the communities that host its projects and offices. As a matter of fact, Rönesans Holding has established a specialized organization, the Rönesans Education Foundation (REV), to organize such community programs and social responsibility activities.
The Rönesans Education Foundation (REV) was established in 2009 in order to support the education and personal development of young people and children thanks to the initiatives launched primarily by Rönesans Holding Honorary Chairman Bekir Ilıcak, as well as the Ilıcak family, and also their support for and faith in superiority of knowledge. The REV implements educational programs and social projects with a view to allow young people to be aware of their own potential and make contributions to ensure that they are brought up to become multifaceted, well-educated and productive individuals. The Foundation has been providing young people with educational support and offering strong opportunities for their personal and professional development through its Scholarship Program that it has been sustaining without discriminating. The Rönesans Education Foundation has provided over 6.000 students with non-refundable grants since it was established. It has been developing and implementing innovative educational models in order to enable young people to become active and responsible citizens. Within the scope of the principles of duty that it has adopted, its mission is to contribute to future through substantial social projects and permanent works that it has implemented primarily in the field of education, as well as a great many of other fields.
Please click to see the www.rev.org.tr for further information.
Culture and Art
In addition to its social responsibility activities in the field of education and community development, Rönesans Holding supports also activities in the field of culture and arts. Some of the responsibility projects under culture and arts that Rönesans supports are as follows:
- Rönesans is one of the sponsors of the worldwide known Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- Rönesans is the main sponsor of the 2014 International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, a film festival held annually since 1963 in Antalya.
- Dr. Erman Ilıcak has been selected the Commissioner General for the Turkish delegation, to the 45th Europalia International Arts Festival, an arts festival held since 1969 and in which Turkey was chosen as the guest country in 2014.
In 2014-2016, Dr. Erman Ilıcak served as the president of TED Ankara Kolejliler Sports Club, where had played in the basketball team as a student. In the same period, Rönesans Holding became the main sponsor of TED Ankara Kolejliler Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams, both of which compete in Turkish Basketball Premium Leagues.
Established in 1954, TED Ankara Kolejliler Sports Club has contributed to Turkish sports, in particular basketball, over its 62-year history, and now has close to 600 licensed athletes in 8 disciplines.
Please click to see the www.tedkolejlilersk.org.tr for further information
Rönesans Holding believes that protecting the environment and conserving the natural resources are very important for the operational life of a project. Therefore, Rönesans Holding generates sustainable alternatives in the design, construction and management of its projects, including reducing material requirements, waste to landfill, and water and energy use. In many urban and remote communities where Rönesans operates, it works collaboratively with different stakeholders to implement environmental sustainability programs to improve human health and local conditions, such as waste management, recycling, and conservation.
“Design the Sustainable Future”
The young creators of the future, who were awarded as part of the “Design the Sustainable Future” contest that has been traditionalized by Rönesans Holding in order to provide university students with the “sustainability” culture, were announced in a ceremony organized on April 5.
The students ranking the highest in the contest, for which 954 groups and 1,930 persons from 125 different universities applied this year, will seize the opportunity of getting various prizes, as well as doing internship at Rönesans Holding.
This year, “Design Sustainable Future” contest, launched with the slogan of “Let the Sustainable Future Begin with You,” was organized in two categories, namely, the architecture and engineering, upon young people’s constant requests. As part of the contest consisting of the theme of “Green Buildings and Environment-Friendly Systems,” the aim was designated as the preparation of designs and projects in which environment-friendly systems complying with the sustainability criteria are used.
It was striking to see that the award winning projects were innovative projects, which changed the understanding in the field of engineering and architecture to take the greenery and nature to forefront. The importance was attached to the fact that the projects are sustainable, environment- and user-friendly and economic.
The jury members evaluated the projects under such criteria as sustainability, recycling, energy efficiency, mitigation of the waste, use of innovative materials, economic use of water, creation of a sustainable life and educational fields, and thus chose the winners.
Two contests, namely, the architecture and engineering, were organized this year. The awards were designated as follows: 20,000 TL for the first prize, 16,000 TL for the second prize, 14,000 TL for the third prize and 10,000 TL as the honorable mention.