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Based on our core values, we consider sustainability as an essential part of our endeavor to contribute to our community, and define as a commitment to create a continuous, strong and successful business model, in which we share long terms values with all our stakeholders. We, at Fibabanka, continuously monitor and manage the risks and opportunities related to the environmental, social, ethical and economic issues of priority, which could arise through the course of the performance of our services and operations.

Sustainability Approach

It is our belief that, in order to ensure a comprehensive, strong and stable economy and social welfare, the opportunities on financial markets should be reformed in the light of social needs. We, at Fibabanka, have been acting with the awareness of social responsibility and maintaining our efforts to leave a viable and habitable planet to the future generations, observing, at all times, the interests of the society through the course of our operations since our very establishment. In addition to our commitment to create sustainable value for all our stakeholder; we believe that only by way of responsible, transparent and fair management can we continuously improve the customer experience, offering our customers such products and services that address their needs through a "respectable, "sincere" and "result-oriented" approach. Also, we continuously educate our employees to implement sustainable initiatives in their daily activities, both at and outside work.

Management of Environmental Impacts

We, at Fibabanka, maintain our efforts to continuously enhance the value we add to our customers, stakeholders, staff members, community and environment. We design our activities in the environment domain with a view to preserve our natural resources and to leave a viable and habitable planet to the future generations. Ensuring the involvement of all our staff members, suppliers and customers in the process, we act with a comprehensive strategy.

  • We tap into our digitalization process in order to ensure the sustainability of our natural resources and to take necessary measures against the climate change.
  • As a part of our Waste Management activities; we contribute to recycling by delivering our recycling wastes, including paper, plastic, metal and glass, to the relevant municipality or authorized recycling companies. Also, we prioritize and prefer the purchase of consumable supplies with recyclable packages.
  • We benefit from the daylight and minimize our power consumption at our premises throughout the working hours.

The Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility Policy of our Bank, which contains the fundamental principles of our social and environmental management system is available here.

Social Investment Activities

In line with the mission established by Mr. Husnu M. Ozyegin, the Chairman of the Board of Fibabanka, we have been continuously maintaining our investments in the domains that serve to the social benefit, primarily including the education sector. Being an active supporter of Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), one of the pioneer foundations in Turkey in the education sector, we implement various social responsibility projects throughout the year.

We have been maintaining our support for education since 2015

AÇEV has been providing educational support to children in need and their parents for 26 years. We, at Fibabanka, enthusiastically support the endeavors and activities of AÇEV, and contribute to the increasing the number of the children, who have access to educational opportunities at their early ages, the fathers, who assume responsibility in their care and development, and the mothers, who raise them with hope to become individuals with self-confidence.

In 2017 and 2019, we supported the Child Education Program (CEP) of AÇEV, which is aimed at contributing to the development of children at the age of 4 years and older, in 64 provinces. We reached out to 16.000 children, enabling the delivery of CEP booklets at the schools of the disadvantageous neighborhoods, between October 2017 and March 2019.

In 2015 and 2016, we have provided support to the Summer Nursery Schools Program launched by AÇEV in Diyarbakir and Mardin with a view to ensure equality of opportunity in education. We aimed to offer a better future to children and to raise the awareness of families. We reached out to 405 children and 505 parents.

Our Activities on Social Gender Equality

Awareness Trainings with AÇEV: We have decided to deepen our activities on “Social Gender Equality” in order to transform our “Equal Opportunities” approach into a corporate culture under the roof of Fiba Group. Within the scope of cooperation that we make with AÇEV, we have started to organise seminars and education programmes on the subject of “Social Gender Equality” as of 2019.

Policy Against Domestic Violence: Following our participation as pilot company in “Business World is Against Domestic Violence” project carried out by cooperation of Sabancı University and TUSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) in 2020, we have prepared a comprehensive policy covering all our employees. Our objective is to create support mechanisms and methods in order to make women participate in business world more effectively and efficiently by raising awareness about violence against women. Within the framework of our policy on Social Gender Equality;

  • Fibabanka’s Women Volunteer Group (Sheba): We have established our women working group “SheBa” in order to develop projects especially for our female employees. SheBa team aims to provide a working environment in which all our female employees work in safety and with pleasure and they are supported and encouraged all the time. Some of the projects realised by our SheBa volunteers are as follows:
    • “Women in Leadership” education program which will support and encourage our female employees, who are in the middle of their careers in our Bank.
    • For our female employees, in vitro fertilisation leave, menstruation leave for our colleagues who have painful periods, mourning leave for unborn baby after medical leave, 8-weeks adoption leave for our female employees adopting a child at the age of 3 or older as of date of adoption (adoption below the age of 3 is subject to legal birth leave) have been defined.
    • It has been ensured to make selection and purchase of gifts given on special dates within our Bank from associations supporting female labour, or to make donations on behalf of our female employees to non-governmental organisations supporting female entrepreneurs.

“İşimiz Eşitlik Platformu” Ambassadors: In this platform, which will be operated by Fiba Group under the umbrella brand of "İşimiz Eşitlik Platformu", we aim to develop our group's common culture, gender equality, with a polyphonic voice, with the projects to be developed and led by our employees through the Embassy System. The ambassadors group we have composed within the bank continues to develop projects together with the education provided by AÇEV. Some of the projects realised by “İşimiz Eşitlik” ambassadors of our Bank are as follows:

  • We have made commitment as Fibabanka for adoption and implementation of policies by signing United National Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Our commitment for WEPs includes the followings:

Principle 1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
Principle 2: Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
Principle 3: Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
Principle 4: Promote education, training and professional development for women
Principle 5: Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
Principle 6: Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
Principle 7: Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

  • Policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion has been developed and published. An Ethics Line has been established by which all our employees can make notification or application by calling in full secrecy.
  • Egalitarian Language and Conducts Guide, prepared by “İşimiz Eşitlik” ambassadors of our Bank within the scope of a long-term project in cooperation with Polyak Eynez and Fiba Factoring companies within Fiba Group, and popularised in the whole group with the support of Fiba Holding.
  • New parenting leave types have been defined; First Day of School Leave and School Scorecard Leave at the end of semester and year.
  • Divorce leave has been included in administrative leave types.
  • Paternity leave given at birth has been started to be implemented as 10 days, rather than the legal 5-day leave.