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.

We design 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 our management systems is ensured through audits carried out by independent organizations with international accreditation and periodic Internal System Audits.

We initially received BS 7750 Environmental Management Systems Standard in 1994 for our 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, we have started to apply ISO 14001 Standard of Environmental Management System.

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

In 2012, we have also been certified by an independent international body in accordance with ISO 50001 Energy Management System Standard for our 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. 

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

We are a member of International Chamber of Commerce. Also, we are in collaboration with UNEP for U4E project.

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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.

We focus 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, we 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 our operational geography, we pay 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 our sustainable water and climate change management implications, we 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, we are ranked among the top companies with highest degrees CDP Water Program in Turkey.

Resource Efficiency in Production

Reducing production-related effects is one of our constant sustainability goals. In this context, material efficiency studies are carried out, use of recycled materials in production is increased, and our 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 our integrated waste management approach. 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.

We focus on less resource consumption and more recycled/recyclable material use in our packaging processes, which constitute a significant aspect of our integrated waste management practices. We design the volume and weight of our products’ packaging to generate minimum waste, conduct work to increase reuse and recycling, and consistently reduce the environmental impacts generated by our 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, we exactly comply 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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