UN Global Compact Recognizes Turkcell CEO as DG Pioneer

The United Nations Global Compact, the sustainability platform that the United Nations has launched to remove poverty and ensure that all people live in peace and prosperity, has recognized 10 SDG Pioneers, individuals from around the world who are championing sustainability through their own companies and mobilizing the broader business community to take action in pursuit of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, the group said.

Among the SDG Pioneers recognized is Kaan Terzioglu, CEO of Turkcell.

Turkcell introduced the application of “Hello Hope” last year during the UN General Assembly week, at the United Nations Private Sector Forum.

One year later, the same platform was being utilized by more than 500 thousand “Hello Hope” users – both making a difference in their lives and inspiring the world with its success story.

The “Hello Hope” mobile app, which Turkcell developed to support the integration of more than 3 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, has reached more than half million downloads since its launch in September 2016 during the UN Private Sector Forum.

Setting out with the goal of supporting Syrian refugees in Turkey to overcome the language barrier, the app which is open to subscribers of all operators helps users learn Turkish, have access to instant voice translation between Turkish and Arabic, and benefit from location based services and reliable information on essential issues such as registration, health and education. The application also offers easy access to Turkcell´s Arabic-language call center.

Turkcell has been a member of the Global Compact, the world´s most widespread sustainability platform, since 2007. The Global Compact has 250 companies and non-governmental organizations in Turkey.