The 5th Phase of the EU Civil Society Dialogue Programme, under the partnership of the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey and CSR Europe, held its “Strengthening Private Sector Civil Society Cooperation through CSR” Project – Ankara  Capacity Building Training on the 26th of November, Tuesday.

In the morning section of the training, the participants were asked about their expectations for the training. While most of the participants said they wanted to get information on CSR, two representatives from the private sector said they wanted to build collaboration with civil society organizations.

After the meeting and expectations section was over, the General Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (TKSSD) Hüseyin Yılmaz gave a briefing on the concept of corporate social responsibility, its historical process, and concepts. During the training, participants often shared their own experiences. The social, environmental and governance effects of CSR initiatives as well as the positive impact on commercial activities were discussed. Participants from the private and civil society organizations shared their different sectoral point of views. Examples of CSR projects undertaken by the private sector in Turkey were given and participants discussed how correctly this concept is understood and applied.

In the afternoon section, the participants were informed on the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey and its activities, the “Capacity Building Training,” and “The Civil Society Dialogue Programme” by the General Director of TKSSD, Hüseyin Yılmaz. Information about the aim of the project, activities, partner and the results to be achieved were disclosed to the participants. Information about the aim of the project, activities, partner and the results to be achieved were disclosed to the participants. Hüseyin Yılmaz talked about stakeholder and stakeholder analysis issues and supported the importance of inter-sectoral cooperation with examples from previous capacity building training.

After sharing the best examples in the field of CSR with our participants, the word was left to Zeynep Dereli, Founder of TINK. Ms. Dereli started her speech by mentioning that with the developing technology, the competencies expected from people have changed. Observing that the existing education model uniforms the students, she shared her adventure with TİNK with the participants. Ms. Zeynep explained that the education model of TİNK schools encourages students to keep up with the change and completed her speech by talking about competence, skills, and behaviors that will prepare their students for the future.