Women Empowerment

In 2016, Aygaz continued its project “I Support Gender Equality for My Country” which been executed throughout the Koç Conglomerate under “For My Country” umbrella project. In this context, the company provided social gender equality training to its employees, who participated voluntarily in the “Knowledge Mill” seminar that was held in collaboration with the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV). By October 2016, the training was completed with 100% participation. The training was included in the corporate orientation program.

Aygaz signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles, established by the partnership of the UN Global Compact and UN Women. Thus, Aygaz joined an international movement towards women’s empowerment in society, business, and economic life.

The manifest published on March 8, 2016 stating that Aygaz is against violence against women and its reasons for this position, was available at the Aygaz headquarters from February 25 to March 8 for employee and visitor for signing.

In June 2016, Aygaz became the first of 17 pilot companies to publish the “Policy Regarding Domestic Violence at Work” aimed at developing a workplace culture that combats violence against women.

With this policy, Aygaz aims to provide support for employees facing domestic violence and guide its executives in terms of how the effects of domestic violence should be handled.

Within this framework, Aygaz collaborates with the Turkey Women’s Associations Federation (TKDF) and the Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter Foundation. Aygaz is also the corporate supporter of TKDF’s Domestic Violence Hotline, and Aygaz provides executive-level training focused on the extent of violence against women via the Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter Foundation.

Initiating a one-month communication campaign aimed at creating awareness for domestic violence nationwide on November 25, 2016, coinciding with the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”, Aygaz opened the “Aygaz Opposes Violence Against Women” manifest for signing at its regional directorates and facilities. Prepared in flyer and poster forms, the manifest was also delivered to customers via dealers. Emphasizing the fact that violence against women impairs economic and social development, the campaign resonated throughout Turkish society.

Workplace Domestic Violence policy