In line with our objective to rising while creating difference, we conduct our relations with the employees, contractors, suppliers, customers and the local people in the regions in which we operate with an eye to having a positive effect on all our stakeholders.

Human Rights

Although Global Investment Holdings and its subsidiaries are not active outside the OECD countries, we take the necessary steps to manage any impact our operations could cause in terms of human rights. We carry out our operations in compliance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Conventions. Accordingly, we act with the understanding that any negative influence our operations could have on local residents in the areas where we operate must be prevented and any potential negative effects must be intervened.

In conformity with human rights principles, we are absolutely against child labor and/or forced labor at Global Investment Holdings and also observe the same principles in choosing suppliers and contractors. We encourage compliance with these principles in the contracts we enter into. Sustainable Development Goals 8 “Humane Business and Economic Growth” emphasizes human rights in the work environment for ensuring sustainable development.

Decent work and economic growthThe Board of Directors is responsible for the higher-level supervision of the Human Rights Policy approval and the identification and operating of notification, inspection and sanctioning mechanisms in case of the violation of the rules and regulations. Senior management is responsible for the preparation, development, creation and updating of the Human Rights Policy. The Policy is reviewed by the Corporate Governance Committee at regular intervals and at least once a year and the practices are regularly followed up. Additionally, the Policy is distributed to all staff at the company. We include this Policy in the contracts we execute with our main partners, suppliers and third parties, and contact state officials if human rights are threatened in the regions or countries where we operate. You can write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about any issues that are in violation of the Human Rights Policy. The Audit Department has not received any notifications regarding human rights.

Corporate Citizenship

Global Investment Holdings and its subsidiaries are committed to implementing processes that integrate social, environmental, and ethical and human rights concerns into the Group's business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with its stakeholders and the communities where it operates. To this end, the Company’s sponsorship activities continued in 2018, in support of sports, educational, charitable, cultural and social causes, and related projects and events.

The Company values engaging in philanthropic undertakings that make a valuable contribution to promoting Turkey and improving and fostering the growth of the local and national social, cultural and economic environment for the benefit of the country and its citizens.

Global Run

People from all over the world come together to run for cultural tolerance at the Global Run. Global Run is a race organized by Global Ports Holding every year with the hope of bringing the world one step closer to peace and understanding.

GPH has witnessed how critical travel is to bringing different cultures together. Cruises represent one of the most efficient and effective ways to visit numerous countries and interact with people from all over the world in just a week’s period of time. And we have seen first-hand how powerful this can be.

Likewise, the Global Run unites people from all over the world to come together and run for a common cause. It is held in a different GPH port every year to promote people traveling to different countries and getting to know new cultures, surroundings, and a variety of local flavors. Thus far, the Global Run has been held in Bodrum, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; and Bar/Kotor, Montenegro. The intention is to take the run to all of GPH’s 14 ports around the world.

GPH is committed to promoting peace, tolerance and understanding in today’s ever-globalizing world. We know it is only a small step towards increasing tolerance but that it will eventually contribute to world peace. And that is what the world needs.

Turkish Education Foundation

In 2017, Global Investment Holdings donated money and sent cards from Türk Eğitim Vakfı as New Year’s gifts.

Türk Eğitim Vakfı was established in 1967 by Mr. Vehbi Koç, a well-known Turkish industrialist and philanthropist. The foundation provides financial support, educational opportunities and works to address fundamental problems in the education system that face Turkey’s youth.


Singling out contributions to education as the most important among its corporate social responsibility initiatives, 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.

Supplier Relations

We expect our suppliers with whom we work to comply with our sustainability approach and business principles. We manage a vast operation involving more than 3,000 suppliers located in different countries and regions. As a part of the sustainability approach we have adopted, we take into consideration social and environmental criteria in choosing the suppliers across our entire supply chain, in addition to the classic approaches regarding quality and price. We expect the third parties with whom we work to comply with the human rights, working conditions, environmental awareness and anti-corruption principles of the UN Global Compact without compromising any transparency and accountability principles.

As Holding, in the selection of our suppliers, we look for the restrictions regarding child and forced labor and do not tolerate any contrary practices. Besides this integrated approach, our expectations from our suppliers’ change based on products and services in different sectors.

While supplying products which require environmental and social footprint consideration, we expect the suppliers to hold international standards (ISO14001 Environmental Management System and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System) and required certifications in the procurement of products conscious to environmental and social issues. We expect all third-party suppliers to act in compliance with Global Investment Holdings’ Environmental Policy.

In port operations and the real estate sector, suppliers in possession of a score above a certain level are included in the Approved Suppliers List according to the supplier assessment criteria, following a market research conducted on the product or service to be procured.

In the energy generation/gas/mining sectors, we expect our contractor companies to have effective management in occupational health and safety which is a high-risk issue. We expect service providers to obtain professional services from experts and provide occupational training to their employees on OHS.

More information on our sustainability practices are available at our Sustainability Report.


Cruise and commercial port operating activities


Clean and renewable energy production, compressed natural gas sales and distribution, energy efficiency and mining


Developing and operating commercial real estate projects


Non-banking financial services such as brokerage, advisory and asset management

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