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 – Izmir Capacity Building Training on the 21st of October.

In the morning section of the training, Chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (TKSSD) Serdar Dinler briefed on the concept of corporate social responsibility, its historical process, and concepts.

In the afternoon section, the Director-General of TKSSD Hüseyin Yılmaz informed the participants on the “Capacity Building Training, Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey and its activities, the Strengthening Private Sector Civil Society Cooperation through CSR” Project, and The Civil Society Dialogue Programme”. Information about the aim of the project, activities, partner and the results to be achieved were disclosed to the participants.

Zeliha Silleli Ünal, Project Coordinator of SağKal Association; first shared the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility with the participants in an interactive way. She then talked about the formation process of the Health Quality Association and the work they have done. Stating that SağKal Association has expanded its cooperation with public, non-governmental and media organizations, local government, universities and volunteers since 2015, Zeliha Ünal shared the projects which emerged as a result of their experiences, as well as the training, conferences, campaigns, competitions and art events they have realized with the Hope Workshop (Umut Atölyesi) Project.

With the Capacity Building Training, we saw the power of İzmir in the field of Civil Society and the undeniable interest of the private sector and the public. In this context, we have realized that this project can open doors to cooperation from three different sectors. The participants have been in dialogue both during the training and between breaks and shared their knowledge and experience on what they could do and how they could do to support each other. This demonstrated that the training reached its goal and that the dialogue between three sectors could be strengthened very easily when they gathered in one area for one purpose.