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The Eczacıbaşı Group and Gender Equality

Our Approach to Equal Opportunities

Social policies and practices are as central to the Eczacıbaşı Group’s sustainability approach as economic goals and strategic efforts to reduce the impact of its products and businesses on the environment. Gender equality is our main priority in this area.
The Eczacıbaşı Group believes that a sustainable future is only possible if women actively participate in every sphere of life, especially the business world. For this reason, it is enriching its human resources policies and practices with measures that make it easier for women to participate equally and effectively in its business operations.
 
Launched on 8 March 2017, the Eczacıbaşı Group's ALLforALL equal opportunities drive has triggered changes in every one of its business processes from recruitment to leadership training that will not just strengthen the Group's future but also contribute to the social transformation underway in Turkey.
 
After carrying out a comprehensive evaluation of its equal opportunities performance with the international consultancy McKinsey, we launched ALLforALL to advance our performance from "good" to "great".  Through this initiative, we aim to increase the share of women in professional recruitment to 50 percent, and their share in professional employment and management to respectively 40 and 35 percent. We announced this commitment to our employees and the public in 2017 with the "ALLforALL Manifesto".

Accordingly, the Group has implemented and continues to develop numerous measures aimed at advancing its efforts to recruit, retain and promote women throughout its operations.  
 
In 2017, we became the first business group in Turkey to adopt gender-blind CVs. The practice greatly reduces the opportunity for unconscious gender bias during recruitment and placement by removing all gender-identifying information from CVs before presenting them to managers involved in the recruitment process. Gender-related CV data is archived separately and used only to analyze the Group's equal opportunities performance.
 
In addition to its efforts to eliminate unconscious bias through new HR procedures, training and communication, the Group is working to increase the pool of women candidates for sales and technical positions  two areas where women applicants tend to be in the minority. We also have a women leadership development and mentoring program where women can meet with role models, learn from their experiences, and share ideas in order to become more effective leaders.
 
The Eczacıbaşı Group supports equal opportunities in family life as well. In 2019, we began to provide childcare support to working mothers with children in the 0-69 month age group. The new measure, which will gradually be extended to new mothers at all Group locations, aims to help new mothers refocus on their professional life by ensuring that their children have access to high quality childcare.
 
In collaboration with the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), the Group has also begun " Fatherhood Comes First", a project to improve the contribution of new fathers to parenting.
 
In 2020, the Eczacıbaşı Group became a founding member of Unstereotype Alliance Turkey, an initiative to promote an environment of equal opportunity in Turkey by transforming the content of advertising.  Established in early 2020, the platform aims to encourage advertisers, brands and agencies to work together to promote gender equality by eliminating harmful gender-based stereotypes.
 
Earlier equal opportunities measures
 
In 2011, the Eczacıbaşı Group joined the first round of companies adopting the “Equal Opportunities Model” (FEM) developed by the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) in collaboration with the World Bank. In 2012, we successfully passed our first FEM audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers and received an award from the Ministry of Labor and Social Services for its efforts in this field.
 
In 2013, the Eczacıbaşı Group introduced flexible working schedules and in 2016, one-day-a-week home office. In 2013, we also initiated gender equality training.
 
The Eczacıbaşı Group plays an active role in national and international platforms to empower women and promote equal opportunities. In 2013, the Group became a signatory to the United Nations’ “Women’s Empowerment Principles”.