Ethical trading and sustainability: our responsibility to the world.
A key factor in achieving sustainable growth is a sustainable supply of raw materials at the most basic level. Apart from certain products — such as cocoa, which cannot be supplied from Turkey — a large portion of our raw materials is procured from the domestic market. This also allows us to add value to the lives of hundreds of thousands of local workers.
2900 contracted farmers in Turkey currently supply us with agricultural produce. 80% of our wheat — the chief raw material in our business, is supplied by the domestic market. In purchasing wheat and other agricultural raw materials we prioritize direct supply from farmers, and we contract planting by providing seed support to them.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PRACTICES
Wheat Productivity Project
At our food and beverage companies we support the Turkish agricultural products we use – from wheat to milk, from hazelnuts to oils – and we sustain this approach on a global scale with our international businesses. We stand side by side with Turkish farmers through our various projects in wheat yields and seed support.
We carry out seed projects for the improvement of wheat yields. Since 2009 we have conducted a project improving agricultural wheat for biscuits, in cooperation with the Bahri Dağdaş International Agricultural Research Institute. With such projects, our aim is to breed seeds which have a high yield and are resistant to diseases and drought.