The importance we attach to our employees plays a significant role in the success of our company and subsidiaries. We are of the belief that we can further this success by improving the commitment, motivation and satisfaction of our employees and strengthening the synergy in the company.

We attach importance to employee development that will allow employees to achieve their potential and offer opportunities to improve both the company and employee performance within this scope. We design our performance management system accordingly to ensure fair judgment of employee competencies and performances.

As a global group, we operate in different geographical areas and we expect our subsidiaries to manage their human resources in consideration of the requirements of these regions. We manage human resources within the scope of our Human Resources Regulation that identifies employee rights and the rules with which employees are required to comply.

We prioritize respect to human rights and diversity and inclusion in our approach to our employees. Based on the importance we place on equality in line with the United Nations Global Compact, to which we are a signatory, we refrain from any discrimination on the basis of race, religion, language, gender, etc. in hiring people or providing them with career opportunities. We work towards providing decent jobs and contributing to sustainable economic growth within the scope of Sustainable Development Goals.


We pay attention to the impact of our operations on local communities and human rights in our activities conducted outside the OECD. We prevent any negative impact in terms of human rights and conduct all our operations in compliance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

We employ a total of 1,401 employees at Global Investment Holdings (GIH) and affiliates. 34% of our white-collar employees is female. The rate of female employees in the Holding’s senior management is 38%. We aim to boost the percentage of women at all levels of our organization, including our board, in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals. Global Investment Holdings Board of Directors has adopted “Female Board Membership Target Policy” in January 2018 for the purpose of increasing the rate of female members in the Board of Directors to 25% within five years, monitoring the progress and reporting it annually. Accordingly, GIH’s Board of Directors is composed of seven members, two of which are female and represent 29% of the Board of Directors today. 

2021 GIH Senior Management Gender Distribution 


We believe that our employees can reach their potential through training programs that support both their professional and personal development. We support our employees’ professional and personal development through the training programs we provide in personal development, occupational and technical areas.

The training programs provided differ from each other depending on the sector and competency requirements. In our real estate and finance companies, the training programs mainly focus on capital markets, CMB license renewal, technical issues regarding the exchange and financial markets, and foreign languages. On the other hand, gas measurements, ERP, software, technical maintenance, environmental protection covering marine and land pollution, waste management, quality management and basic occupational health and safety subjects occupy the agenda of the training programs in electricity generation/gas/mining companies.


Providing our employees with healthy and safe work environments is among our material issues. To be able to provide this, we manage occupational health and safety in the most effective manner, take the necessary measures in the work environment, and train our employees in this area. Occupational health and safety is managed according to each sector’s requirements and risk levels.

We manage OHS on a company basis by observing sector-based differences and through boards and committees in which employees are also represented. The highest responsible body regarding OHS is the Sustainability Committee that reports OHS issues to the Board of Directors.

We systematically track the risks and performance and work with continuous improvement and zero accident objectives. We pay particular attention to the updating of OHS policy and guidelines. Within this scope we prepared and published an OHS Handbook for ports. Moreover, we work towards improving accident reporting systems.

Preventive Measures against Covid-19

In all branches of activity of Global Investment Holdings, work has been carried out in accordance with all relevant guidelines published by the Ministry of Health since March 2020, when Covid-19 emerged.

An “Emergency and Business Continuity Plan” was drafted for the Covid-19 outbreak. The Procedures Combating Contagious Diseases and Adaptation have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Health and provincial Governorships. The necessary infrastructure has been established in line with these procedural requirements. All relevant actions have been taken within the scope of the application for the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE) Covid-19 Safe Work Certificate.


Ege Port Kuşadası, Bodrum Cruise Port, and Port of Adria have the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Certificate and currently undergoing a renewal process with the new version, ISO 45001:2016. On the other hand, our ports are compliant with the international port operations safety standards, as well as being managed in conformity with ISO 20858 Maritime Port Facility Security Assessment System.

Our HSE Manual defines all health, safety and environmental guidance across the Company. It is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect global best practice and in-house knowledge-sharing across the business. Across all our ports, the goal is to prevent injury, harm and illness, and to ensure the personal safety of employees, contractors, the public and our community. Our HSE Manual ensures that we not only comply with legislation but embed activities and training into our culture to prevent incidents from occurring or reoccurring. If an incident or a ‘near-miss’ does take place, we have defined reporting procedures and where applicable, use the learning we gain to design preventative action.

Accident Reduction at the PORTS

Like any business, our day-to-day operations carry potential risks that must be mitigated. In our case, we welcome many thousands of passengers who travel through our facilities; we work next to, and on, water; and we accommodate some of the world’s largest cruise ships.


In 2021, we provided a total of 10,577 hours (number of personnel x training hours) of OHS training to our employees at the holding and affiliates.

2020 2021
Number of Deaths 0 0
Number of Accidents 181 110
Total OHS Training Hours 10,030 10,577

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

More information on our sustainability practices at the Ports are available at our Global Ports Holding PLC Annual 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 real estate projects


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

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