Karsan, one of the leading companies in the Turkish automotive industry, was deemed worthy of an award for its efforts to make gender equality a part of its working culture. Company; After her work within the scope of the "Improving Gender Equality in Karsan" project, she won the "2021 Silver Stevie" award in the category of "Success in Leadership Development for Women" at The Stevie Awards, one of the most prestigious human resources awards in the world. Turkey's domestic commercial vehicle manufacturer Karsan, which left half a century behind after its establishment, added a new one to its awards. The company crowned its “Improving Gender Equality at Karsan” project with the “2021 Silver Stevie” award in the category of “Success in Leadership Development for Women” at The Stevie Awards, one of the most prestigious human resources awards in the world.
“We hope our project will be a source of inspiration”
Karsan CEO Okan Baş, who made a statement on the subject, said, “We will continue to express in every environment that we are against all kinds of discrimination and violence against women, and to raise awareness in the society on this issue. The work we started two years ago brings along a long-term process. We are raising the bar for success day by day with the values that female employees can add to our company with their efforts and talents. In this context, we will continue to increase our female employee employment. This award, which we were deemed worthy of as a result of the evaluation of distinguished jury members from the sector at The Stevie Awards; once again proved that we are on the right track. We hope that our project, which we started with the aim of making equality between women and men a part of the working culture, will be a source of inspiration not only for companies operating in our own sector but also in all sectors.”
Karsan's gender equality policies!
Karsan started its award-winning work in 2019 with the signing of the protocol with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to improve gender equality and increase women's employment. With the protocol, it was promised that the ILO Model for the Promotion of Gender Equality in Companies would be implemented in Karsan. Karsan; Following this protocol, it signed the "Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)", which was created in partnership with the UN Global Compact and the UN Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Unit (UN Women) last year. The company later published two important policies to underline its sensitivity on the subject. Within the scope of the International 25-Day Campaign to Combat Gender-Based Violence, which started with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Solidarity on 10 November and ended on the 16 December Human Rights Day, Karsan created its “Gender Equality Policy” and “Zero Tolerance to Violence Policy”. .
Employees were trained!
Karsan became the first company in the world to establish a Zero Tolerance to Violence Policy in line with ILO principles, and became the first institution to receive “Zero Tolerance to Violence” training given by the ILO Academy. With the "Zero Tolerance to Violence" trainings, which are the continuation of the face-to-face gender equality trainings given to Karsan employees in the 2019-2020 period, it is aimed to increase the awareness of Karsan employees. In addition to all these, Karsan signed the “Cooperation Protocol in Vocational and Technical Education” with Bursa Governorship and Bursa Provincial Directorate of National Education last year in order to contribute to vocational education in the automotive sector. It was signed that at least 50 percent of the students who will be educated in the Karsan Electric Vehicles Technology Laboratory, which was created within the scope of the protocol, are female students, and that female students who graduate within the scope of the project will be given employment priority.