Şişecam Group launches its new sustainability pathway; discusses the ‘transition from information to smart society’

Şişecam Group has launched its new sustainability pathway, ‘Care for Next’ at the II International Sustainability Workshop held in Istanbul.

Şişecam Group has launched its new sustainability pathway, ‘Care for Next’, which is built on the ‘preserve’, empower’ and ‘progress’ sustainability pillars, at the II International Sustainability Workshop held in Istanbul. At the workshop under the theme of the ‘From Information to Smart Society’, which was attended by about 300 people from 13 countries, the effects of topics such as technological developments in the world, digital transformation and the new dynamics of the global economy on the business world and models of doing business were discussed.

Şişecam Group Vice President and CEO Prof. Ahmet Kirman, drew attention to the fact that companies, while keeping up with the change, should not only focus on matters such as profitability and finance but also act with a broader vision, and added: “Operating in 13 countries with 22,000 employees, Şişecam Group has built its sustainability strategy on the pillars of ‘preserve’, ‘empower’ and ‘progress’. We carry on all of our operations and processes in our Group, from raw material to the final product, in line with the so-called ‘Care for Next’ sustainability approach. As Şişecam, we aim to leave the next generations a livable world”.

Drawing attention to the fact that the entire supply chain and all processes in Şişecam Group’s operations, from raw material to the final product, were carried in line with its sustainability strategy, Prof Dr. Kirman stated, “As Şişecam, we aim to leave the next generations a livable world. Several matters such as energy efficiency, waste management, use of renewable resources are at the heart of all our decision-making processes. We integrate Industry 4.0 into the entire supply chain under our sustainability efforts. We believe that a smart future is only possible by Industry 4.0, and continue to invest in it while our global sustainability approach empowers our employees and stakeholders by advocating and engaging in practices that encourage diversity and inclusiveness, progresses through climate neutral, 360-degree circular model, and preserves natural resources that we rely on and our institutional heritage for resilient and sustainable generations to come.”

Şişecam Group Chief Strategy Officer Özlem Vergon, on the other hand, in her speech entitled ‘Sustainable Developments: Global Scale and Şişecam’, stated that Group goals fully aligned with the corporate sustainability approach focuses on the future as well as present in all geographic areas in which Şişecam operates, and added: “Our sustainability strategy Care for Next reinforces Şişecam sustainable value creation for next generations. Being a global player, we mainstreamed sustainability principles in our business model and operations. Şişecam’s vision and values to pioneer in our areas of business, respect people and the environment, develop innovative solutions with a focus on technology, improve and develop together with an understanding of sustainability. We move forward and contribute in this direction.”

One of the most established enterprises in Turkey, Şişecam Group is a global actor in business fields including all main areas of glass industry, i.e. flat glass, glassware, glass packaging and glass fiber, as well as soda and chromium chemicals. Today Şişecam, the world’s leading supplier of chromium compounds and the 10th largest soda ash producer in the world, is the third largest glassware, the fifth largest glass packaging and flat glass manufacturer globally.

The Group, which has 43 production facilities in total, has manufacturing activities in Turkey, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Russian Federation, Georgia, Ukraine, Egypt and India. With its more than 80 years of experience, 22,000 employees, production in 13 countries, and sales in 150 countries, Şişecam is a group at international scale and continues on its journey to become one of top three global producers in its all-main business fields.

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