Corporate Citizenship

Global Investment Holdings and its subsidiaries are committed to integrating social, environmental, ethical, and human rights concerns into the Group’s business operations.

Global Investment Holdings and its subsidiaries are committed to integrating social, environmental, ethical, and human rights concerns into the Group’s business operations and core strategy, in close collaboration with stakeholders and the communities where it operates.

The Company values philanthropic engagements that promote Turkey and improve the social, cultural and economic environment, benefiting the country and its citizens, both locally and nationally.

The Company’s sponsorship activities in 2020 continued to support sports, educational, charitable, cultural and social causes, and related projects and events.

Global Run
People from all over the world come together to run for cultural tolerance at the Global Run. Global Run is an annual race organized by Global Ports Holding with the hope of bringing the world one step closer to peace and understanding. People from many countries and cultures join the event: a record of over 20,700 participants from 103 countries was registered in 2019. To date, Global Run has been held in Bodrum, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; Bar/Kotor, Montenegro, Ravenna, Italy Havana, Cuba and Barcelona, Spain. The intention is to host a Global Run in all locations of GPH’s growing portfolio around the world. In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was no such organisation.

A core component of its social responsibility activities, Global Investment Holdings has organized and sponsored Bodrum Global Run annually since 2014. Each year, around 2 thousand runners participate in the popular footrace in historic Bodrum. Proceeds generated from the race and other activities are donated to Turkish charities. Past recipients include Committee Volunteers Foundation (TOG), TOÇEV and Parıltı Association. The sixth edition of Global Run was held on April 28, 2019 with around 1.7 thousand participating in the race.

The 2019 Global Run event, the Barcelona Half Marathon, took place on 10th February 2019. Global Ports Holding Plc is the main sponsor of the annual event. It brought together more than 19,000 participants from 103 countries to run in support of cultural tolerance and enjoy the charms of the city.

GPH had additionally supported the hospital ship charity, Mercy Ships, for this year’s event by matching every incoming donation made for the ‘Run for Hope’ initiative. Mercy Ships is a non-profit, international development organisation that deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world, delivering free healthcare to people in need. In addition to completing thousands of urgent operations on-board its ‘floating hospital’, Mercy Ships volunteers also work closely with host nations to improve the way healthcare is delivered.

Singling out contributions to education, the Group:

  • Sponsored a nationwide Elementary Schools Study Books Support Campaign organized by a national newspaper in 2007, and contributed to a project run jointly by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education to construct two classrooms in Şanlıurfa-Harran.
  • Completed the construction of dormitories at Erzincan University Refahiye Occupational High School in 2009. The İzzet Y. Akçal Refahiye Student Dormitories comprise 40 separate units in three blocks.
    Completed construction of Adnan Menderes University Tourism and Hotel Management College Group in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The College, since opening its doors in 2009, has produced qualified human resources for the Turkish hospitality industry, while contributing to the cultural richness of Kuşadası and its environs.
  • Completed construction of a 32 classroom elementary school in the town of Denizli in December 2010. In the same period it donated clothing, text books and supplies to the elementary school of the Muş Beşçetak village and also donated computers to numerous schools.
  • Established the library of Şırnak İpekyolu Primary School in 2012, with the aim of contributing to children’s personal and educational development. Furthermore, the Group donated computers to Istanbul Dumlupınar Primary School, in parallel to its corporate citizenship commitment.
  • Undertook numerous initiatives to benefit the community in the Group’s home city of Kuşadası and the area surrounding the Port and since 2003 in particular contributed to the community and the Adnan Menderes University Tourism and Hotel Management College. This has included the donation of computers and other equipment to local schools, as well as funding to rehabilitate local beaches, and technical assistance to Turkish state-run institutions. In addition to providing donations to various charities and regular support of those in need, Ege Ports also sponsored local motor sports clubs and provided financial support for the replanting of forest land damaged by fire.
  • Purchased art inspired by major contemporary and modern Turkish artists from İstanbul Modern, and sent as New Year’s gifts to support the museum.


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