Perception and Implementation of Sustainability: An Assessment Regarding Turkish Companies

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Yılmaz Börekçi D. , Büyüksaatçı Kiriş S.

International Congress of the New Approaches and Technologies for Sustainable Development, Isparta, Türkiye, 21 - 24 Eylül 2017, ss.269-280

  • Basıldığı Şehir: Isparta
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Türkiye
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.269-280


In this study, we assessed how Turkish companies perceived and implemented sustainability and also in what degree they adopted the triple bottom line approach. Towards this end, we conducted content analysis on all sustainability related written and visual shared documents (sustainability reports, environmental policies, quality policies and social responsibility policies etc.) of Turkey’s leading 100 companies according to the Istanbul Chamber of Industry's data in 2015 by using the MAXQDA program. Key words to be coded in the analysis were created separately for the three dimensions of sustainability, depending on the literature. As a result of the analysis, we identified that 73% of the companies understood and accepted the three dimensions of sustainability. However, the number of firms with sustainability reports is 16% and only 7% of the companies understood the triple bottom line dimensions above 75 % regarding our list of key words for each dimension.