Corporate Social Responsibility Approach of Türk Telekom Group
Türk Telekom Group brings information technologies, main drivers of sustainable economic growth and social development, into use all over Turkey.
In addition to the products and services developed, Türk Telekom takes on enabling all segments to access information that cannot participate in communal life due to economic, social and physical reasons as its corporate responsibility and conducts projects under the principle of “accessible communication for everyone”.
Türk Telekom supports United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals with our Business Model and Corporate Social Responsibility Projects.
Alongside Life is Simple with Internet, Books on the Phone, Sunshine, Accessible Tivibu, Loud Steps, Türk Telekom Schools, Türk Telekom Amateur Sports Clubs, and other social responsibility projects carried out on the national scale, local social responsibility activities organized by Türk Telekom’s provincial directorates come to life within the scope of the “Value to Turkey” project.
VALUE TO TURKEY PROJECTS
Life is Simple with Internet:
Life is Simple with Internet is a project which was put into practice with the cooperation of Türk Telekom, Habitat Association and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The project aims to provide everyone with equal opportunities in accessing information by eliminating regional and economical inequalities and introduce them to the digital world via Internet literacy trainings.
Books on The Phone:
With the principle of equal opportunity in accessing information, Türk Telekom put into practice the first phone library of Turkey in collaboration with the Boğaziçi University Laboratory of Technology and Education for the Visually Impaired (GETEM). Thanks to Books on The Phone Project, hundreds of vocal contents are provided free of charge for people with visual disabilities via their fixed lines by calling 0800 219 91 91. Books on the Phone contains nearly thousand books in more than fifty categories ranging from poetry to novels, history and self-improvement, pilot tests, descriptive films and trainings. Users can continue to listening from where they left later on, they can listen to fast forward or rewind the book; listen to the book slower or faster and make a search audible.
Within the scope of the project, the degree of sight of visually impaired children are identified and 100 children with adequate residual vision are subjected to “low vision training” for 7 months and made aware with regards to using their faculty of seeing. The project aims at enabling children with low vision to become individuals capable of independent action and raising the awareness of the parents via this training. The Project aims at popularizing the early intervention training by using technology and strives to increase the number of the children and families provided with the education each year.
Within the scope of the Project, children with low vision are provided with technological means enabling them to take the early intervention training with a distance education program.
Loud Steps Application:
The Loud Steps application, which is designed to enable visually impaired people to walk in indoor spaces without need for help, aims at supporting them to mingle in social life. Together with its technological infrastructure, the Loud Steps application features a first in the world, where it can be used by all visually impaired people independent of the operator. The application is planned to be used in public areas such as airports and hospitals in 2016. Until today, 15.000 people downloaded the Loud Steps application.
By means of the adjustments and developments made in Tivibu, visually impaired customers are provided with additional TV watching capabilities. Thanks to the improvements realized within the scope of the new era TV platform Tivibu, visually impaired Türk Telekom customers find the opportunity to access a qualified TV broadcast via Tivibu Web making use of narrator programs. Within the scope of Accessible Tivibu, visually impaired users conveniently reach the descriptive films folder, change between channels, forward and rewind the broadcast to watch again with the talking TV control and are able to use the whole Tivibu platform with narrator programs thanks to disabled-friendly redesigned Tivibu.
Türk Telekom Schools:
Located all around Turkey, 76 Türk Telekom education facilities, 52 of them being schools, offer students a modern education environment. Each year, thousands of students are graduated from these schools and benefit from the facilities, which were granted to the Ministry of National Education.
Türk Telekom Amateur Sports Clubs:
Considering the positive contribution of sports related to the development of young people, Türk Telekom invests in the future of Turkey by supporting amateur sportsmen and sportswomen in diverse categories all over Turkey. In 44 cities, among more than five thousand sportsmen and sportswomen in 28 branches ranging from basketball to fencing, athletics and badminton, hundreds of youngsters succeeded in being elected for the national team and representing Turkey abroad.