We aim to continuously improve our environmental sustainability performance in line with our vision of “Respecting the World, Respected Worldwide”. For this purpose, the principle of environmentally friendly approach throughout product lifecycle lies at the basis of our responsible production approach.

With our sustainability approach, we aim to develop innovative, resource and energy efficient and products in design that are easy to use. On top of that we also fulfill our commitment to work on solutions against future threats such as drought, global warming, natural resource depletion.

Thanks to our vision, “Respecting the World, Respected Worldwide", we integrate our -sustainability- approach to our main business operations. 

To leave climate respected, clean and healthy environment to the next generations, we regularly monitor our environmental performance by determining environmental targets and objectives to control environmental impacts.

Arçelik designs all business processes within the framework of international product and management standards including ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 50001 Energy Management System which are integrated with ISO 9001 Quality Management System. The effectiveness of Arçelik management systems is ensured through audits carried out by independent organizations with international accreditation and periodic Internal System Audits.

Arçelik initially received BS 7750 Environmental Management Systems Standard in 1994 for its Dishwasher Plant just two years after it was introduced as the first Environmental Management Standard of the world. Afterwards, upon BS 7750 Standard’s recognition as ISO 14001 in 1996, ARÇELİK has started to apply ISO 14001 Standard of Environmental Management System.

Arçelik calculates the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions generated by its facilities by using IPCC-2006 and according to ISO 14064-1 GHG Standard. Arçelik’s GHG values have been verified by an independent body in “reasonable assurance level”, since 2010 in accordance with ISO 14064-3.

In 2012, Arçelik has also been certified by an independent international body in accordance with ISO 50001 Energy Management System Standard for its operations in Turkey to manage and use energy efficiently.

The efficiency and continuity of management systems are assured by Internal System Audits carried out regularly as well as the inspections by independent organizations. 

Arçelik’s sustainability approach is to consider social, economic, environmental and ethics aspects into its activities, to integrate these aspects into its corporate business targets, to manage its activities in accordance sustainability principles, corporate policies and strategies. Arçelik assesses sustainability and climate change related risks and opportunities and stakeholder expectations as its main inputs.

Arçelik is a member of International Chamber of Commerce and Turkish Sustainable Development Association (SKD) which is a direct member of WBCSD. Also, Arçelik is in collaboration with UNEP for U4E project.

The highest level of direct responsibility of sustainability (incl. also environment) and climate change efforts is Sustainability Council. Arçelik Sustainability Council is comprised of the full executive board, including the COO (Chief Operations (Production&Technology) Officer), CFO, Assistant General Manager - Turkey Trade, Finance Director, Strategic Planning Director, Human Resources Director, Customer Services Director, Innovation Director, Corporate Communications Coordinator, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Director.

The head of Sustainability Council is CFO and the General Secretariat of the board is Sustainability & Cooperate Affairs Director. Sustainability & Cooperate Affairs Director directly reports to CFO. The Sustainability Council meets biannual.

Our Company's Board of Directors resolved to the appoint of Fatih Kemal Ebiçlioğlu and Fatih Özkadı to inform the Board of Directors about the activities of the Company's Sustainability Working Group on March 28, 2019. 

Duties and responsibilities of the Sustainability Council are:

  • Specifying the corporate policies and strategies about corporate sustainability principles and climate change

  • Following the consolidation of corporate business process with specified sustainability and climate change policies and strategies, provide integration to corporate business targets

  • Evaluating corporate risks and opportunities in scope of sustainability principles and policies, make strategic decisions and manage prior risks and opportunities

  • Identifying KPIs and targets of sustainability and climate change related issues

  • Following the global developments on sustainability and climate change issues, to build the company strategies according to these developments

  • Encouraging collaboration with NGOs, public enterprises, universities on sustainability and climate change issues

  • Defining the strategic framework and decisions of the external sustainability assessment and rating tools (CDP, BIST SI etc.) and follow up the results

The sustainability working groups are established to control and coordinate of the sustainability and climate change implementations. The members of sustainability working groups consist of environmental and energy specialists (Environmental Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Energy Managers) and/or managers responsible for sustainability issues.

Arçelik Sustainability Working Groups (WG) are; Environmental Coordination WG, Energy Coordination WG, Climate Change Coordination WG, Green Chemistry Coordination WG, Health & Safety Coordination WG, Human Rights & Business Ethics Coordination WG, Value Chain Coordination WG, Sustainability Reporting WG.

Arçelik Environment Manager (Central Environment Department), who directly reports to Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Director, manages environmental sustainability management related issues and leads Environmental Coordination WG, Climate Change Coordination WG and Green Chemistry Coordination WG.

These groups report to the Sustainability Council members. Duties and responsibilities of sustainability working groups are:

  • Providing conformity of all activities in sustainability working groups to corporate strategy, policy and sustainability principles.

  • Implementing decisions of Sustainability Council.

  • Implementing the sustainability as a main strategy in related processes

  • Developing and reporting proactive solutions for the company’s sustainability and climate change related risks and opportunities, share best practices

  • Preparing and/or coordinate action plans for sustainability and climate change targets, follow the progress against targets, reporting performance monitoring and KPI results

  • Recommending a roadmap related to sustainability and climate change operational issues

  • Prepare and present the reports of external sustainability assessment and rating tools (CDP, BIST SI etc.)

Water Management

One of the four principals of our sustainability policy is being responsible. This is in line with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 12 and is integrated into our business processes.

As Arçelik, we integrate sustainability into every segment of our value chain with the responsibility of being a global company and ensure that environmentally friendly products are widespread in all our operational geography.

Arçelik focuses on the reuse of water in the production processes. Significant improvements are recorded in the amount of water discharged every year thanks to the infrastructural studies.

With water efficiency studies carried out in the last seven years (2011-2018) in Turkey operations, Arçelik achieved 1.35 million m3 of water savings. This amount is equivalent to the daily water consumption of 1.7 million households.

By 2020, we aim to reduce the average water withdrawal per product in our facilities in Turkey, Romania, China, Russia and South Africa by 52% compared to 2012.

To protect the water resources and biodiversity in its operational geography, Arçelik pays attention to perform above the water discharge standards laid down by law. The amount of water discharged, are treated in chemical and biological treatment plants which are formed in accordance with the characteristics of the water coming from the related production facilities, and the compliance with the standards is periodically checked.

Thanks to its sustainable water and climate change management implications, Arçelik entered in the A List of Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), both Water and Climate Programs one of the most important and widespread environmental initiatives in the world and became one of the 25 companies achieving this success in 2017. In 2018, Arçelik is ranked among the top companies with highest degrees CDP Water Program in Turkey.

Resource Efficiency in Production

Reducing production-related effects is one of Arçelik’s constant sustainability goals. In this context, material efficiency studies are carried out, use of recycled materials in production is increased, and Arçelik products that have completed their life cycle are recycled.

Reducing wastes generated by production processes at the source and recovering generated wastes constitute the primary components of the integrated waste management approach of Arçelik. Wastes generated in all plants are categorized, collected separately at the source in accordance with waste type and legal regulations and recovered or disposed pursuant to waste type.

Arçelik focuses on less resource consumption and more recycled/recyclable material use in its packaging processes, which constitute a significant aspect of its integrated waste management practices. Arçelik designs the volume and weight of its products’ packaging to generate minimum waste, conducts work to increase reuse and recycling, and consistently reduces the environmental impacts generated by its packaging processes.

Support for Zero Waste

As Arçelik, we support and conduct required studies on Zero Waste Project, launched by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to be implemented gradually between 2018 and 2023 in all public institutions in Turkey, terminals, educational institutions, shopping malls, hospitals, entertainment and recreation facilities, big workplaces. 

We aim to reach our zero-waste goal by focusing on the following activities:

  • Transitioning to processes/materials that do not generate waste where possible, focusing on the principle of minimizing waste generation where not possible,

  • Identifying opportunities for reuse by adopting the principle of using waste as a resource,

  • Reducing the waste sent to landfill or incineration except energy recovery,

  • Investigating the possibility of the sorting food wastes that can be considered among domestic wastes,

  • Improving the performance of waste sorting at its source,

  • Focus on reducing raw material/material/chemical consumption,

  • Promoting zero waste awareness sustainably by continuing the activities of education, information and rewarding.

Compliance with National and International Environmental Regulations

We comply with all applicable national and international environmental regulations during the entire production processes as well as entire “life cycle of the product” from design to recycling. Compliance with legal regulations is monitored through ISO Standards for Environmental Management System.

Thanks to our strength legal requirements compliance management system, we have neither monetary fines nor non-monetary sanctions indicating non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

Through international regulations, Arçelik exactly complies with the following European directives:

  • WEEE – Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

  • RoHS – Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment; and the significant amendments planned by European Union

  • EuP – Directive on Eco-design Requirements for Energy-Using (Related) Products

  • REACH – Regulation of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals

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