ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ (“Vestel Elektronik”), which was acquired by the Zorlu Group back in 1994, continues its activities in the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone with its nearly 17,000 employees on a consolidated basis. The Company obtained the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certificate in 1998, the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Certificate in 2012 and the ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas Verification Statement in 2017.

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ (“Vestel Beyaz Eşya”), Vestel Elektronik’s subsidiary, continues its activities in the third section of the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone with nearly 8,000 employees. Vestel Beyaz Eşya obtained the TS EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certificate in 2010 and the TS EN ISO 50001 Energy Management System Certificate in 2012. Accordingly, the company employs integrated management systems at its seven factories, namely, Refrigerator I-II, Washing Machine, Washing Machine&Tumble Dryer, Dishwasher, Cooking Appliances and Air Conditioner &Water Heater production plants. Vestel Beyaz Eşya also obtained the ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas Verification Statement in 2016. In addition, its water footprint for 2016 was calculated in accordance with the “ISO 14046 Water Footprint” Standard at a corporate level and its success in this area was certified with an "ISO 14046 Water Footprint" Verification Certificate. Vestel Beyaz Eşya pioneered the household appliances industry with this important achievement.

Vestel Group of Companies (“Vestel”), of which Vestel Elektronik and Vestel Beyaz Eşya are a member, assumes it as a duty to safeguard the health and safety of its employees, customers and surrounding community who are affected by its activities, products and services; and to protect the environment and natural life on behalf of the future generations; and as such, aims to implement and develop clear and proactive Environmental and Energy Management Systems in its activities within the framework of sustainable development principle.

Accordingly, Vestel

  • Perceives all kinds of waste disposal procedure as a natural resource loss, and develops methods to prevent pollution at its source. It works on the reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery of waste.
  • Continuously improves its energy performance through designing energy efficient processes and procuring energy efficient product and services. It ensures savings of energy, water and natural resources by supporting increases in productivity and the use of new technologies.
  • Takes into account the environmental aspects when evaluating new products, projects and operations and prioritizes reliable production by reducing the use of hazardous substances in its products and manufacturing processes and by seeking substances with less polluting properties. Uninterruptedly continues its work to tackle climate change and conserve biodiversity and ecosystems by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Commits to comply with the relevant environmental legislation and administrative regulations and all the applicable legal and other requirements as well as international operating standards in its processes and fulfills this obligation.
  • Aims to minimize energy and water consumption, waste generation, water and air emissions by training its employees, subcontractors, dealers and suppliers and by utilizing tools for continuous improvement.
  • Manufactures products that have less environmental impact and contain more recyclable materials.
  • Having adopted the general objective of protecting and improving environmental quality together with its employees, targets to protect and improve the quality of its employees’ and customers’ lives with its Environmental Policy.
  • Employs practices towards obtaining its stakeholders’ opinions, informing them about its operations and acting in unison with them in the direction of common goals.
  • By complying with the requirements of the Environmental and Energy Management Systems, promotes a culture of participation and innovation between stakeholders in order to continuously improve and increase the effectiveness of its management systems, while providing adequate and due resources towards this purpose.
  • Constantly conducts risk analysis and assessments.
  • Uninterruptedly continues its sustainability efforts.

Vestel Elektronik and Vestel Beyaz Eşya follow strategies aimed at achieving “zero waste” and “reduced carbon emissions” in line with Zorlu Holding’s Sustainability Strategy. In this context in line with our target to reduce carbon emissions by 15% by 2022, energy efficiency projects will be continued and there will be an increasing use of energy efficient technologies.

The “Waste Paint Recycling and Reusing System” developed by Vestel Elektronik enables the recovery of waste paint particles used in the plant and prepares them for reuse. Vestel designed all the chemical formulations and machinery used in the system and was the first company to use this system across all industries. The Company obtained and registered three patents for this system. Competing with the large European industrial companies for the second time in the “Process Innovation” category at the 2018 EU Awards for the Environment, Vestel won First Prize with its “Waste Paint Recycling and Reusing System”. Within the scope of the awards held since 1990, Vestel became the first and only Turkish company to rank as the successive finalist in this category. With “Waste Paint Recycling and Reusing System”, Vestel also won the “Large-Scale Enterprise Process Category Award” at the Technology Awards, which is a product of the synergy created between TUBITAK, TTGV and TUSIAD, and handed out in recognition of the creative and innovative solutions featuring technical excellence and competitiveness.

As a result of the studies for the delivery of products to dealers in a sound manner and improvement of the quality of packaging to approach the “zero waste” target, Vestel Beyaz Eşya was granted an award with its “Decreasing Styrofoam Weight and Density Project” in the “Prevention Applications in Packaging Design by Reducing Resources” category at the Green Dot Industrial Awards organized by the ÇEVKO (Environmental Protection and Recovery of Packaging Waste) Foundation. While packaging wastes are reduced with the Decreasing Styrofoam Weight and Density Project; the main gain is derived from the reduction in the use of raw materials. In addition, the carbon footprint is also reduced thanks to the reduced need for transportation during the procurement of raw materials.

Vestel Beyaz Eşya’s “Waste Management System” Project was also awarded the Green Dot Award in the “Waste Management System and Practices” category at the Green Dot Industrial Awards.

Vestel Elektonik and Vestel Beyaz Eşya have identified the expectations of their stakeholders within the framework of a life-cycle assessment and evaluated the internal and external factors for a better environment. On this note, Vestel Elektronik launched the Risk Assessment Project in 2017, which aims at improving the Environmental/Occupational Health and Safety standards and the working conditions of its nearly 450 suppliers. Using the Country Risk Classification, the List of Least Developed Countries, use of technology and industry details and the pre-evaluation audit results, the Company divided its suppliers into Low Risk, Medium Risk and High Risk categories. With Advanced Supply Chain Management studies, the system is targeted to be carried further. In 2019, Vestel Elektronik continued its efforts in evaluating and improving its suppliers and increasing their levels of awareness.

In 2019, Vestel Elektronik and Vestel Beyaz Eşya had no environmental accidents or related penal sanctions.

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Waste Generation*

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Water Consumption and Waste Water Generation*

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Total Energy Consumption (TEP/TL revenues)*

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Carbon Emissions Originating from Energy Consumption (kgCO2/TL revenues)*

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Waste Generation

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Water Consumption and Waste Water Generation

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Total Energy Consumption (TEP/TL revenues)

Vestel Beyaz Eşya Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ – Carbon Emissions Originating from Energy Consumption
(kg CO2/TL revenues)