“ARGE for Society”
ARGE believes in leading by example. We demonstrate our corporate social responsibility, by encouraging all our consultants to devote a full day of each week for voluntary work in NGOs to improve the quality of life in our community in a local, national, and global sense.
In 2002, ARGE Consulting was selected as one of the top three companies with its commitment for corporate social responsibility by the European Parliament. ARGE Consulting has further become the only Turkish company which was recognized in the “Responsible Entrepreneurship” report, prepared by the European Commission to recognize best practices by European SMEs. ARGE’s efforts in corporate social responsibility are also taught as a case study in many universities. (The case study, which was prepared by the Bosporus University, is also taught in universities all around the world through theEuropean Case Clearing House.) To demonstrate its commitment to corporate social responsibility, ARGE Consulting has participated in the United Nations Global Compact, and become the first Turkish company to sign the “Global Compact” among hundreds of companies and non-governmental organizations all around the world.
Chairman of ARGE, started the National Quality Movement in Turkey in 1998 while he served as the Chairman of the Turkish Quality Association (KalDer). National Quality Movement aimed to improve the management effectiveness of private, public, and civil society institutions throughout Turkey by promotingTQM philosophy. The National Quality Movement is probably one of the most effective national programs to extend the use of the EFQM model and could provide an interesting example for other countries as well.
This project extended the implementation of the EFQM Excellence Model to all walks of life, from industry to service sectors; from large institutions to very small organizations; from private sector to public sector and even the NGOs. This has been instrumental in encouraging and leading many governmental institutions such as Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ministry of Education as well as many Turkish institutions such as Erdemir, the largest Turkish steel company; Koç Holding, the largest Turkish conglomerate to implementation of EFQM Excellence Model. Also, a new Prime Category for NGO’s, has been established for the first time in Europe to promote utilization of good governance principles in the NGOs.
Within National Quality Movement, 40.000 people have been trained in country wide. Local Quality Daysare organized in order to deploy the National Quality Movement country wide. They create an occasion bringing together local entrepreneurs, managers from the public sector, institutions of education and quality volunteers. In the framework of the Local Quality Days, the organizations that have successful practices make presentations in which they share their experiences and promote the National Quality Movement. Furthermore, by means of visits to local authorities, universities and non-profit organizations, KalDer tries to build up new, constructive relationships in terms of the deployment of TQM.
ARGE collaborates with various Civil Society Organizations to promote good governance principles in NGO management. We have been instrumental in establishing an education program and developing content forCivil Society Management Certificate Program, undertaken by one of the leading Turkish Universities, Bosphorus University.
ARGE has also been instrumental in the establishment of the Corporate Volunteers Association to encourage individuals with management experience to contribute their time on a voluntary basis to NGOs. The condition for support is adherence to good governance principles by the NGO. Also, companies participating in this endeavor undertake to evaluate these voluntary contributions by their employees in their annual performance reviews.
Managing Partner of ARGE was instrumental in saving a private school from a financial crisis. He encouraged the parents to establish a foundation to take over the management of the school and has established good governance and financial prudence principles for the school. By utilizing his credibility in society for fund raising, he contributed to the resolution of the financial difficulties.
ARGE has been instrumental in the foundation of the independent Turkish think-tank, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). ARGE also has been a staunch promoter of public policy analysis. TESEV is Turkey’s leading independent think-tank, with a research agenda covering the major political, economic and social issues facing Turkey and the region. TESEV aims to build a bridge between academic research and policy-makers; to expand the role of civil society in the democratic process; and to promote Turkish convergence with the EU. TESEV focuses on the most important policy questions facing Turkey. A major study, launched in cooperation with the World Bank, will examine the difficulties involved in efforts to crack down on corruption, and will include a comprehensive survey of the nature and extent of corruption, together with policy proposals. TESEV’s current areas of activity includes: Turkey: Human Development Indicators, Values of Turkish Citizens: TESEV, Religion and Politics, Ethnicity and Politics, Corruption, Poverty, Political Reform, Reform of Public Administration, Foreign Policy and EU Integration, State and Civil Society.
ARGE has been instrumental in the establishment of The Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation (TEGV) in 1995, which is one of Turkey’s most successful and reliable NGOs with a reputation for creativity, integrity and vision. TEGV prepares Turkish children to participate fully in the benefits of democracy and globalization through a variety of learning programs designed for children ages 7-16 living in socio-economically underprivileged regions of the country. TEGV operates numerous facilities including education parks, learning centers and mobile computer units throughout the country. Facilities are open to all children regardless of race, sex, class, religion or ethnic origin. After five years of accumulated experience and a solid record of performance, TEGV is ready to assume a major leadership role in helping to shape Turkey’s future. In January 2001, the foundation’s board of directors gave final approval to an ambitious five-year campaign designed to reach 1 Million Children annually. As of 2016, TEGV served over 2 million children with the help of 60,000 dedicated volunteers.
Managing partner of ARGE, the former chairman of Management Consultants Association in Turkey, had been instrumental to promote the sectoral ethic principles and standards of the Turkish consultants. For this purpose he had lead the “Certified Management Consultant Project” in order to adapt the international consulting standards to the Turkish consulting sector.