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Eczacıbaşı Hygiene Project

The Eczacıbaşı Hygiene Project is an international award-winning project that aims to enhance the physical, intellectual and emotional environments of boarding schools serving students from rural and low-income regions in Turkey.
Spearheaded by three Group brands –VitrA, Artema, and Selpak– this Group-wide social responsibility project is renovating the bathrooms and showers of Regional Boarding School dormitories and school buildings with VitrA and Artema products, ensuring that students are aware of healthy personal care and hygiene practices through the Selpak Personal Hygiene Program*, and organizing projects that enrich students’ emotional and intellectual environments with the help of Eczacıbaşı Volunteers. It is also supplying schools with economical cleaning materials and basic supplies through Eczacıbaşı Profesyonel, Eczacıbaşı Consumer Products’ B2B brand.
 
Every Eczacıbaşı Group employee can contribute to the project by joining one of Eczacıbaşı Volunteers’ many initiatives to establish computer and music rooms, libraries and recreational spaces, and organize special events focused on culture and art, science, technology and creativity. A key partner in the project is the Ministry of Education, which is determining the neediest schools and ensuring that they have the required plumbing infrastructure.
 
Between the start of the project in 2007 and 2019, more than 18,500 students at 51 schools around Turkey have benefited from the Eczacıbaşı Hygiene Project. The goal is to extend the project to 60 schools in all by 2020 according to the latest agreement between the Eczacıbaşı Group and the Ministry of Education.



The Eczacıbaşı Hygiene Project has received a number of international awards, among them the International Public Relations Association's 2009 Golden World Award in Social Responsibility and an Honorable Mention in the associated Special United Nations' Award competition. It also received two Honorable Mentions from the US, one in the "Best Social Responsibility Project of Europe" category of the 2009 Stevie International Business Awards and the other in the "Community Relations" category of the PR News Platinum Awards.
 
*Selpak Personal Hygiene Program has organized personal hygiene classes for almost 6 million students around Turkey since its start in 2002 with the aim of preventing diseases caused by poor personal hygiene. In recognition of the contribution made by the Selpak Primary School Personal Hygiene Education Project to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Goals, the company was one of ten companies selected for the 2006 World Business Award, organized jointly by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF). It was also included as a "best practices" case study in the UN Global Compact's 2007 report Embedding Human Rights in Business Practices II and the 2007 Turkey Corporate Responsibility Baseline Report published jointly by the UNDP and European Commission.
 
The full list of schools that have benefitted from the Eczacıbaşı Hygiene project between 2007-2018 is as follows:
 
Birecik YBO (Şanlıurfa)Ulaş Cumhuriyet YBO (Sivas)
Pazaryeri YBO (Bilecik)Dargeçit Gazi YBO (Mardin)
Osmancık Orgeneral Ahmet Çörekçi YBO (Çorum)Kahta Cumhuriyet YBO (Adıyaman)
Arpaçay YBO (Kars)Ardanuç Tütünlü YBO (Artvin)
Ermenek Fikret Ünlü YBO (Karaman)Şarkışla Şehit Tuncer Çeliker YBO (Sivas)
Tekel Taşoluk YBO (Muş)Araklı Bereketli YBO (Trabzon)
Kırıkhan YBO (Hatay)Türkoğlu Atatürk YBO (Kahramanmaraş)
Gürpınar Güzelsu Borsa İstanbul YBO (Van)Çeşmeören YBO (Çorum)
Taşköprü YBO (Kastamonu)Kavak Atatürk YBO (Samsun)
Maçka Esiroğlu YBO (Trabzon)Hizan YBO (Bitlis)
Tufanbeyli Atatürk YBO (Adana)Aziziye Yavuz Selim YBO (Erzurum)
Kulp YBO (Diyarbakır)Tuzluca Cumhuriyet YBO (Iğdır)
Tercan YBO (Erzincan)Yavuz Sultan Selim YBO (Aksaray)
Eskil Atatürk YBO (Aksaray)Merkez Alaeddin Özden Ören YBO (Kahramanmaraş)
İslahiye Fevzi Paşa Borsa İstanbul YBO (Gaziantep)Kozan YBO (Adana)
Doğubeyazıt Karabulak YBO (Ağrı)Balya Zübeyde Hanım YBO (Balıkesir)
Yahyalı Mustafabeyli Hacı İzzet Kurmel Kız YBO (Kayseri)Boyabat Yaşar Topçu YBO (Sinop)
Güce Zübeyde Hanım YBO (Giresun)Kars Merkez YBO (Kars)
Doğanyurt Yatılı Bölge Ortaokulu (Kastamonu)Turgut Yılmaz İpek YBO (Bursa)
Buldan YBO (Denizli)Geyve YBO (Sakarya)
Dinar Atatürk YBO (Afyonkarahisar)Dinar SPK YBO (Afyonkarahisar)
Pınarbaşı YBO (Kayseri)Taşova YBO (Amasya)
Yenice YBO (Çanakkale)Atabey İslamköy Hacı Yahya Demirel YBO (Isparta)
Korgan YBO (Ordu) Vali Saim Çotur YBO (Kahramanmaraş)
Gaziler YBO (Iğdır)Şehit Necdet Orhan YBO (Bartın)
Şehit Taner Baran YBO (Kars)