COP 21, held in December 2015, was a milestone that initiated the sustainability report efforts at our firm.
COP 21 helped us to understand the impossibility of reaching desired goals as long as the level of micro-contribution to sustainable development by individuals and remains limited while states seek ways of reconciliation at the macro scale.
This understanding paved the way for us to sign the “UN Global Compact” on April 1, 2016. We initiated our GRI4 reporting process in the light of the consistency between GRI standards and the values of our 40-year-old company, seen as both a school and a pioneer in the accounting, tax, audit and consultancy sectors, inherited from Mr. Leon Coşkun, the founder and chairperson of our firm. Values such us “human first”; professional responsibility; ethics; independence and quality.
We are confident that our commitment to protect professional and universal values, which have always been integral to our manner of doing business, along with our rationalist approach and self-improvement efforts, will carry us forward another forty years. On the other hand, we understand that reporting the social and environmental impact of the value we create for our stakeholders within the framework of a corporate organization is an efficient way of fulfilling our responsibility for sustainable development goals at Mazars Denge.
We believe that the first step in achieving this is to create awareness of sustainability within our company. The next steps will be:
- Implementation across all processes,
- Defining short, medium and long-term sustainability goals,
- Correct measurement, and
- Assuming the role of a sustainability envoy.
We hope to be able to reap the fruits of all these efforts by publishing our first integrated report by 2020 at the latest.
The main purpose of each step is to ensure our company’s development in addition to its growth. Our strategic focus is to facilitate such development through investing in our employees, with a particular focus on women’s employment. As part of that effort we signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2016.
We expect to encounter two main challenges at this point. The first challenge is related to the existing economic, social and environmental problems. The second one is ensuring that top management fully understands and embraces the concept of corporate sustainability and informs other employees in order to facilitate its integration into all our operations.
We are aware that our responsibility extends to the “individual” at the far end of the chain of stakeholders. We are aware that we play a crucial role at the macro scale in ensuring that our country passes law, justice, democracy and economic tests successfully while doing what our profession requires.
With this in mind, we will continue to practice our profession with the sense of responsibility that became a part of our corporate culture in 2016 and 2017. We will strive to create and increase awareness of corporate sustainability across all ranks within our company while trying to render it possible to set goals and make accurate measurements within the model we have set up.
We hope this report, published for the first time on our 40th anniversary of our foundation, benefits and acts as a guide for all stakeholders, particularly our employees and clients…
Dr. İzel Levi Coşkun