TAV Airports published its Sustainability Report in which the outcomes of activities related to environment, social and corporate governance are presented. TAV-operated Istanbul Atatürk, Ankara Esenboğa and Izmir Adnan Menderes airports are amongst the most environmentally-friendly airports worldwide.
Managing various operations at 70 airports in 14 countries with diversified products and solutions and providing services to more than 102 million passengers per annum, TAV Airports released a report about the company's performance in sustainability at international standards. The report prepared in compliance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 standards was released online, while the brochure including summarized information about the report was published on recyclable paper and all carbon emissions resulting from the publishing process were neutralized.
TAV Airports President & CEO Sani Şener stated: “At TAV Airports, we believe that financial returns are not eligible unless they also generate social benefits. Providing the best travel experience to our passengers, we are working to minimize the environmental impacts of our operations while trying to create maximum value to our stakeholders. Thanks to this report, we would like to share the outcomes of our works in environmental, social and corporate governance fields in line with our accountability and transparency principles.
Today, TAV-operated Istanbul Atatürk, Izmir Adnan Menderes and Ankara Esenboğa airports have optimized and neutralized their carbon emissions and are listed amongst the top 21 environmentally-friendly airports in Europe. In 2015 only, we reduced our carbon emission that was equal to the yearly consumption of 947 houses. Also, Enfidha Airport in Tunisia became the first airport participating in the program from the Africa continent.
Being aware that customer satisfaction comes with employee happiness, we provide ethical values, working conditions at international standards and extensive professional and personal development opportunities to our personnel. We adopt policies and practices that support variety. As a result of these works, TAV's employee satisfaction rate increased from 63.6 percent to 66.9 percent in three years, which is six points higher than the sector average.
We contribute to the development of the regions where we operate and of the societies we interact. In 2015, TAV achieved a local procurement rate of 96 percent from approximately 4,800 active suppliers. Consequently, TAV's customer satisfaction rate measured by independent Airport Quality Survey (ASQ) increased 10 points, which was the main goal.
We will continue to work to create the maximum value for our passengers, partners, shareholders, suppliers, employees and also societies which are directly or indirectly in touch with our activities."
TAV in BIST Sustainability Index
TAV has been releasing its sustainability performance since 2010.
The company was listed amongst 15 companies which met Borsa Istanbul (BIST) Sustainability Index criteria in 2014. Furthermore, TAV secured its place at the top of BIST Corporate Governance Index as TAV is one of the companies that have the highest corporate governance rate in Turkey.
The company has also signed UN Global Compact (UNGC) and Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs).
Tackling climate change
Being the first company in Turkey that reported to Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water Program, TAV also increased its CDP Climate Change Program carbon disclosure score from 64 to 89.
During the reporting period, TAV decreased 2,266 tons of carbon emission at Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir airports which is equal to removing approximately 479 vehicles from traffic for a year.
Despite the fact that the number of passengers at the aforementioned three airports increased 9 percent, 28,579 cubic meters of less water was consumed thanks to the efficiency implementations.
As part of Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program, TAV-operated Izmir Adnan Menderes and Ankara Esenboğa airports minimized their carbon emissions and neutralized the remaining part, and therefore listed amongst the top 20 environmentally-friendly airports in Europe.
The first LEED-certificated terminal
Madinah has become the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - LEED Gold certificated airport in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport new domestic terminal received LEED Silver certification.
A global training center
TAV Academy, the corporate training platform of TAV, has become one of the 16 ICAO TRAINAIR Plus member companies worldwide. Offering extensive programs for professional and personal developments of TAV employees, TAV Academy provided 55,069 hours of National Education Ministry (MEB) approved training to 7,063 employees in 2015.
Obstacle-free airport practices initiated at Istanbul Atatürk Airport were presented as "the Best Practice" at the forum, which was held at the UN headquarters in New York.
Please click on the following link to reach TAV's Sustainability Report: www.gelecekicinhavalimanlari.org