RELEASE: Arçelik seeks to inspire sustainable living in every home and publishes its 15th Sustainability Report (1)

ISTANBUL, July 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Arçelik, one of Europe's leading home appliance companies, continues to lead the industry by example in sustainability by publishing its 15th Sustainability Report.

RELEASE: Arçelik seeks to inspire sustainable living in every home and publishes its 15th Sustainability Report (1)

ISTANBUL, July 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Arçelik, one of Europe's leading home appliance companies, continues to lead the industry by example in sustainability by publishing its 15th Sustainability Report. This report underlines Arçelik's ongoing commitment to sustainability, evidencing its focus on this key aspect in all areas of its business. At the same time, it seeks to inspire sustainable living in every home.

Hakan Bulgurlu, CEO of Arçelik, commented: "As the world around us continues to change, the pressure to act faster and bolder becomes more relevant. Now more than ever, companies have a responsibility to innovate to ensuring a more sustainable future – this is not without its challenges This year we remain focused on our goals, particularly decarbonisation, becoming a net-zero business by 2050, ensuring greater efficiencies in our products and working to create a more equal society. Additionally, our goal this year is to encourage our consumers to embrace sustainable lifestyles in their homes with the goal of helping create a greener future."

The content of Arçelik's 15th Sustainability Report emphasizes a focus on reducing carbon emissions and improving efficiency in the supply chain, identifying them as a high priority in the report. By launching its 2022 Sustainability Report, Arçelik also aims to inspire sustainable lives in every home. A good example of this is the IYI-GE platform, which stands for Kindness Development, an initiative made up of scientists, NGO representatives, activists and artists, to develop ideas and projects that help create a better world.

Moving towards net zero

Maintaining its commitment to carbon reduction, Arçelik publishes its progress towards reaching the goal of net zero emissions by 2050 in line with the SBTi Net-Zero standard. Throughout 2022, Arçelik has avoided the emission of 7,525 tons of CO with a total saving of 94,324 GJ of energy in Energy Efficiency projects. In its efforts towards decarbonization, Arçelik has already achieved 65% green electricity use in global manufacturing operations and reached a total of 10.20 MW of renewable energy installed capacity by the end of 2022. The company has also been listed on Corporate Knight's Land Index for its practices. in smart energy management.

Circular economy efforts: conscious respect for the planet

Arçelik's significant contribution to the circular economy through its recycling efforts has been the result of investment and continued effort in recent years. Arçelik's recycling plants have successfully recycled 1.65 million units of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) since 2014 and the recyclability rate of Arçelik's products currently stands between 84% and 99%. These units consist of old, energy-intensive products that have been recycled and then replaced with new, energy-efficient ones. By doing so, the company has saved 434 GWh of energy between 2014 and 2022. This is equivalent to the daily electricity consumption of some 54 million Turkish households. Likewise, this amount is also equal to the annual energy production of 69 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.5 MW each. By recycling waste products, Arçelik has avoided some 214,000 tons of CO emissions and, in terms of water, the company has saved about 8.3 million tons of water by replacing old technology products with new ones. This amount is equivalent to the daily water consumption of almost 10.2 million Turkish households.

Innovation: a top priority for a sustainable future

Arçelik has made significant progress in innovation across the business, having secured a position in the top 200 of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ranking.

Making substantial investments for a sustainable future, the company also successfully launched its first LEED Platinum-certified eco-friendly flagship store.

Arçelik's innovation achievements are recognized around the world, in particular by the World Economic Forum, which awarded the company's manufacturing facility in Ulmi, Romania, Beacon of Sustainability status for its on-site sustainability measures. The En Ulmi washing machine plant is the first and only production unit in Romania to be LEED Platinum certified and uses 100% green electricity. In addition, a "digital twin" model of the plant automatically adjusts lighting and optimizes heating and cooling systems.

Arçelik's commitment to sustainability extends beyond the planet: Empowering the workforce and communities around the world

In addition to conserving the planet and business sustainability, Arçelik has also focused on the sustainability of its employees, investing efforts to improve equality and access both within the industry and across global settings. In order to encourage more women in STEM, Arçelik provided more than $8 million to women entrepreneurs in the course of 2022 and also continued We-inTech program in Pakistan, Romania, South Africa and Turkey to empower women engineers. .

Globally, in 2022 Arçelik established a new partnership with to provide access to clean water to 10,000 Kenyans. Arçelik employees in 50 countries also participated in a 24-hour plogging activity that aimed to raise international awareness of sustainable living. In addition, the company is involved in other initiatives to protect marine life through partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Marine Life Conservation Society (DYKD) to recycle fishing nets salvaged from the Sea of ​​Marmara.

Arçelik remains committed to the climate mission. Although not currently within the scope of the Taxonomy regulation, Arçelik has voluntarily reported on taxonomy where he has mapped its eligibility and alignment with the EU Taxonomy for the first time this year.

Through its dedication, innovation and collaboration, Arçelik strives to be a leading force in the global fight for a better world. The company's 2022 Sustainability Report, along with its executive summary highlighting numerous accolades in the field of sustainability, can be accessed here. Click here to see the executive summary.

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With more than 40,000 employees worldwide, Arçelik's global operations include subsidiaries in 53 countries and 31 production facilities in 9 countries and 12 brands (Arçelik, Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, ElektraBregenz, Arctic, Leisure, Flavel, Defy, Altus, Dawlance, Voltas Beko). Arçelik, the second largest European home appliance company in terms of market share (based on volumes), reached a consolidated turnover of €7.7 billion in 2022. Arçelik's 30 R&D and design centers and offices around the world house more than 2,300 researchers and have up to 3,000 international patent applications registered to date. For the fourth year in a row, Arçelik achieved the highest score in the DHP household durables industry (based on December 16, 2022 results) in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index of the Global Assessment of Corporate Sustainability of S

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