Since the founding of the CSR Academy at Kadir Has University, social responsibility courses have been included in the university curriculum, in addition to applied projects targeting social participation and environmental work. Additionally, platforms were created with the aim of raising social awareness. “Neighborly Rights,” one of the projects launched within this context, has been extremely well received.
In the meantime, the university signed the UN Global Compact, and subsequently published a report on the university’s social responsibility work from 2010 to 2012. The report was compiled per the terms of the Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative as part of the university’s commitment to sustainable social responsibility. This report, which was published in September 2012, has been granted an award by the UN Global Compact Network in Turkey (GCNT).
Kadir Has University received the award at the Global Compact Network in Turkey 2012 Annual Network Meeting and Tenth Anniversary Celebration event. The event took place at the Istanbul Stock Exchange with the participation of GCNT members as well as scholars, labor groups, members of the public and private sector, SMEs, micro investors, chamber and industry chambers, and members of NGOs.
The report includes information on the following topics:
Rights of Neighbors Project - Stakeholder Committee
Kadir Has University assembled a Stakeholder Committee which is staffed by neighborhood and university representatives so that local residents’ expectations can be met and solutions to problems can be jointly found. The Committee meets twice a year to discuss university projects which will have an impact on surrounding areas.
Social Responsibility Courses for Students
Every Khas student enrolls in CSR courses as a graduation requirement. As part of their CSR coursework, students attend seminars given by specialists on a variety of issues pertaining to social responsibility, and also implement their own social responsibility projects.
Blue Cap Campaign
The aim of this project was to provide disabled individuals with wheelchairs through money raised by recycling water bottle caps.
Seminars on Environmental Awareness
Between February 17th and April 7th, 2011, our first series of environmental sustainability seminars were held. The university’s CSR Academy supported the series, which was organized by the Environment Club and the Istanbul Environment Council Federation.
Mentor Sisters and Brothers Project
More than one hundred students participated in this project, which was launched by the Atatürk Club under the supervision of Lecturer Abdülkadir Özçelik from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Students volunteered for a total of more than 8,000 hours as mentor sisters and brothers to help students at the Cibali primary school with their homework and assignments.
Projects for Local Residents
The students of the Communications Faculty provide free support to local residents for promotional materials such as advertising, design work, brochures, and business cards.
Our university’s third annual charity marathon was held on May 6th, 2012, and nearly 15,000 TL was raised. Part of that money was used to support photography courses for local residents and a Children’s Academy, which aims to help socioeconomically disadvantaged children become more interested in the sciences.
Kadir Has is engaged with helping local residents acquire new occupational skills and thereby increase their income.
Khas students voluntarily work for the university’s newspaper, Cibali Postası. The newspaper helps students and university staff learn more about the local area, and residents also get to know more about the university, including events that are held on campus.
Tenets of the UN Global Compact
The Global Compact was created in 2000 under the guidance of General Secretary Kofi Annan. The aim of the Compact is to encourage better understandings of social responsibility in light of a rapidly globalizing world. The compact is not just limited, however, to the UN and civil society; it encapsulates public institutions as well. There are ten principles in the Compact, including human rights, working conditions, the environment, and the fight against corruption. Institutions adhering to the Compact are expected to develop strategies for the implementation of social responsibility projects in a transparent manner. This demands that institutions voluntarily maintain a vision that supports a sustainable global economy.