TEMSA announced it has become a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. By joining this voluntary initiative, the Turkey-based bus and vehicle manufacturer commits to advancing goals by aligning its strategy and operations with the UN Ten Principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
As part of the commitment, TEMSA plans to accelerate its sustainability efforts to reduce environmental impacts, benefit society and create value for its employees.
“With new markets, new technologies, new projects, TEMSA is one of the flag carriers of electrification, which is the most important element of zero-emission life, not only in our country but all over the world. As we move forward with a better and more sustainable life mission, we are now expanding our efforts by being part of the U.N. Global Compact,” TEMSA CEO Tolga Kaan Doğancıoğlu said in a statement.
Introduced in 2000, the U.N. Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with more than 15,000 companies based in over 160 countries, more than 5,000 off-premises signatories and 69 local networks.
One of the most important items in the sustainability agenda for TEMSA, which believes that successes in the field of sustainability will be decisive in the future of companies, is its responsibilities toward the environment.
The company, which led Turkey’s goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions to zero for all new trucks and buses at the COP26 Climate Summit last fall, plans to produce more than half of its total bus volume from electric vehicles in 2025.
By participating in the U.N. Global Compact, TEMSA plans to carry out its sustainability efforts to meet the scope of the intergovernmental organization’s Sustainable Development Goals on an international scale.
“As a company that has gained the awareness of sustainability many years ago and is operating with the principle of responsibility, we are proud of being a part of the U.N. Global Compact,” Doğancıoğlu said. “TEMSA’s experience, technological know-how and infrastructure, particularly in electrification, will pioneer the journey to a better future. As a company that exports electric vehicles to Sweden, the country with the highest awareness of electrification in the world today, and that puts its electric vehicles with its own battery systems on the roads in Silicon Valley, which is the heart of technology in the world, the things we have so far done are just the beginning for us.”