Circular Economy, Sustainable Consumption and Innovation working groups are organized under BCSD Turkey to carry out activities in this area, and some of the activities of these working groups are as follows:
Türkiye Materials Marketplace (TMM) Project: Circular economy is still a new concept in Turkey, so BCSD Turkey carries out activities aimed at increasing the awareness about circular economy. It is also desired that, together with the concept, the good practices become more widespread. With these purposes in mind, Materials Marketplace project is introduced in Turkey. The project received an award within the scope of The Circulars in Davos 2016. In brief, TMM is a digital platform which ensures that materials are exchanged between industries. The project is implemented in our country through the cooperation between BCSD Turkey and the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (the US BCSD), and it is funded for its first two years by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The EBRD included the TMM project within the scope of “Near Zero Waste” program, which supports waste reduction projects. The project has the characteristics of a digital initiative by its structure, and it will make a significant contribution to circular economy. Türkiye Materials Marketplace creates a new ‘business-to-business’ model, and thereby, it will radically change traditional recycling models, waste management systems and even the ‘waste’ concept.
DO! (Be Sensitive) Project: DO! Project is launched in 2015, and it aims at promoting savings in work places by creating “Sensitive People”. The savings can cover various materials and energy, such as electricity, water, fuel and paper. The Project is open for members of BCSD Turkey as well as non-members. The second version of the project is more comprehensive, covering measurement, assessment and reporting, and it is put into practice in 2017.
Innovative Sustainability Solutions Contest: The Innovative Sustainability Solutions Contest is launched in 2013, and it is organized biennially. The contest rewards valuable sustainability solutions. This event’s purpose is to emphasize the importance of innovation for industry, and to highlight good practices and make them widespread. The jury of the contest consists of stakeholders who are experts in public or private sectors, NGOs, academia or media. As a result of the assessment made by the jury, awards are granted in “Environmental”, “Social” and “Economic” Innovative Solutions branches in “Large Company” and “SME” categories.
Waste to Wealth: Published by Accenture Strategy, Waste to Wealth is a book that aims at transforming circular economy into practical and implementable business models, instead of remaining as an abstract concept. The book is prepared by Accenture after analysis of more than 120 companies, and it explains 5 main circular economy business models, which are determined to ensure resource efficiency through innovative methods. This book is translated into Turkish by BCSD Turkey.
Guide on Eco-Labels for Sustainability: Guide on Eco-Labels for Sustainability: It is one of BCSD Turkey’s objectives to strengthen consumer awareness in order to promote a sustainable industry. With this objective in mind, the Council analyzed various sources, and prepared this guide. Eco-labeling systems developed as a result of the domestic and international circulation of products and services at an unprecedented pace. So these systems provide opportunities to all companies in Turkey, and primarily to exporting companies, in terms of risk management and new markets. Turkey’s target is become one of the top 10 economies of the world, reaching an export volume of 500 billion USD. As BCSD Turkey, we believe that Eco-Labeling Systems constitute one of the strategic phases for Turkey to create an environmentally-conscious and socially-sensitive industry infrastructure and sustainable products and services. In this guide, you can find information about the basic terms related with eco-labeling systems, the reasons why it is important for your entity, and different eco-labels, which prevail in 14 sectors and different export regions. It also contains short definitions of more than 300 eco-labels. This guide is an important source, prepared with the purposes of raising awareness about eco-labels, and enhancing knowledge accumulation.