AS PART OF THE POLİSAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECT, 100.000 TREES HAVE BEEN PLANTED.
Polisan Holding has already planted 100,000 trees on the 2,000 decares of land taken over 18 years ago, for a total of 49 years, from the Ministry of Forestry.
The Chairman of Polisan Holding Necmettin Bitlis, who could not remain insensitive to the lumbering of trees around his 50 decare land in Dilovası Region at the beginning of 1990’s, has contacted with the Ministry of Forestry. The Ministry of Forestry proposed him to take over the forest nearby his land based on a “protect and use” method. Polisan Holding, volunteering to protect 2,000 decares, has spent approximately TRY20 million since then. The Holding had the forest area surrounded by the wire fence and protection walls, prevented lumbering of trees, and planted 100,000 trees within the framework of “Afforestation Law”.
Holding has founded two Polisan Schools; one in Malatya, one in Dilovası. Serving since 1988, Mehmet Emin Bitlis Secondary School has been constructed with an investment of TRY700,000 at current prices. Polisan Holding meets the school’s need for paint each year on a regular basis. 160 students graduate from Mehmet Emin Bitlis Secondary School each year. Serving since 1991, Polisan Secondary School has been constructed with an investment of TRY4,000,000 at current prices and it has 80 graduates each year. Polisan Holding regularly meets Polisan Secondary School’s Turkish Folk Dance, paint, and attendant’s expenses.
In an attempt to contribute to the growth of the hopes of the future; namely youngsters, in a fit and healthier manner, Polisan Holding gets the biggest sports facility built in Dilovası, Kocaeli. The construction of the complex, which started to be erected on the 16 decare land where Polisan Primary School previously donated to the Ministry of National Education is situated, continues. Armed with the latest technology equipment, the concrete made facility having a steel roof with a capacity of 2,500 people will cost around TRY7.5 million.
When the project is finalized, there will be a primary school, an indoor sports facility, and the public housing on the 16 decare land. There is also going to be a 6 decare landscape design just for the sports facility.
Erected on a 5,130 m² land, of which 2,500 m² is closed, Polisan Indoors Sports Facility is composed of 3 floors with training rooms, changing rooms, canteen, gym class, teachers’ room, camera mixer room, trainer room, referee room, and lavatories. Within the framework of this project, which will contribute to grow a bright young generation, there will also be volleyball and basketball courts in the complex. 1,300 people will be able to watch the races in the sports facility, which will have tribunes on three sides. The sports facility, which is built in line with the norms of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, will also have a separate area for the protocol in its tribunes.
The social responsibility project named “Every Voice One Breath” and realized in contribution with Polisan Boya, brings together the reputable women and men, who are appreciated with their professional success and firm stance. The project aims to raise the consciousness of the public by putting social issues, such as gender inequality, children brides, lack of education, health problems, sexual harassment, violence in the family, and economic dependency, into words in a brave manner. The Project achieves this through photography with different concepts on these issues and creates awareness.
The photograph exhibitions organized within the context of the “Every Voice One Breath” Projects pointed out the issues faced by women all over Turkey. By means of the Project, Polisan Boya contributed to the renewal and renovation of the Central Cooperation Office and Women’s Shelters of Mor Cati (Mor Cati means Purple Roof in English) Women Shelter Foundation, the strengthening and capacity improvement of the Young Girl Shelter Association’s Counseling Center and Young Girl Shelters as well as TEKSEM (Turkey Unimpeded Culture Art and Education Center) Theater Group to display their show.
P3 AWARDS TO POLISAN BOYA FROM CRYSTAL APPLE
The viral film prepared for the introduction of "Every Voice One Breath" Project on Facebook and Twitter in 2015 has been granted three prizes in the digital category during the Crystal Apple Awards; which is one of the most prestigious awards in the advertising industry.
The viral film named “Woman With No Voice” and prepared by utilizing Facebook and Twitter’s new feature, which automatically allows to play silent videos, have been watched by 2 million people only on the internet. On the video, which is completely silent, a woman who screams for help appears. The users keep playing with the sound button. Until the users realize that the film is silent, “She cannot make herself heard, just like thousands of women who are exposed to violence in Turkey.” message is displayed on the place where voice icon is located.
“Woman With No Voice” film has been granted 3 awards in the digital category; including 1 Crystal Apple in the “Media/Product and Other Service” Category, 1 Silver Apple in the “Digital Advertising/ Digital Advertising- Use of Medium Breaking the Taboos” Category, and 1 Bronze Apple “Most Creative Social Responsibility Campaign” Category during the Crystal Apple Awards; which is one of the most prestigious awards in the advertising industry.
“Every Voice One Breath” social responsibility project initiated by Polisan Boya aiming to draw attention to the violence against women and women’s problems, is being realized in cooperation with the TEKSEM (Turkey’s Center for Culture, Art and Education with No Barriers) performers in its sixth year.
Within the context of the Project, the opening of the “Every Voice One Breath 6 Exhibition” which displays various artists’ solution oriented approach towards women’s problems as well as the gala of the TEKSEM performers’ theater play took place in Profilo Shopping Center in İstanbul on November 18, 2015.
“Every Voice One Breath 6” exhibition is composed of the photographs of women and men who posed in order to put a stop on women’s problems and for a world full of love and compassion where no violence exists. In addition to Istanbul, the exhibition will also take place in Ankara, Bursa, İzmir, Trabzon, and Elazığ where TEKSEM performers will perform their play.
The play, emphasizing the importance of early diagnosis in breast cancer also includes the messages from the “Every Voice One Breath” project, which has been realized for six years now. The play, whose music was composed by Feridun Düzağaç, Nazan Öncel, and Nil Karaibrahimgil, also hosted the survivors of the breast cancer.
“Every Voice One Breath 6” photograph exhibition draws attention to the problems faced by women in Turkey while it emphasizes the importance of not being silent against violence in the family.
The names of the Project’s supporters are as follows: Ali Poyrazoğlu, Altan Erkekli, Ayda Aksel, Aydan Şener, Aylin Kabasakal, Bekir Aksoy, Deniz Özerman, Derya Alabora, Durul Bazan, İrfan Kangı, Lale Mansur, Oya Aydoğan, Süeda Çil, Volkan Severcan, Zuhal Yalçın as well as TEKSEM performers Banu Koçak, Can Girgin, Cansu Ahu Bancıoğlu, Duygu Aydın, Ege Ebcin, G. Can Yıldırım, Gamze Elibol, Melike Katırcı, Murat Kanan, Turgut Yavuz, Yaşar Ayvacı.
EVERY VOICE ONE BREATH 5 - 2015
“Every Voice One Breath” Project, realized for the 5. time in 2015, brought together 58 reputable people; including men for the first time this year. The Project aims to raise a solution-oriented social consciousness on women issues in Turkey; spread the awareness that the solution can be reached through the collective efforts rather than the individual solutions; and support the women by sharing this awareness with the public.
Hakan Yüksek, who has taken the photographs of the last 3 projects, has realized photo shoots this year with two concepts. Within the first concept, faces of the people were photographed who had been trapped to their own lives by taboos , preconceptions, and social pressures and who were actually mutually captive . The photographs involved labels, worn faces, facial features dimmed due to violence, frightened men and women, unhappy people and the reflection of lives, which are forcibly, wrongly, or inadequately experienced. Within the second concept, the faces of women and men, who are not exposed to oppression, do not feel the social pressure, are free from prejudice and taboos, who break their chain, learn to live together and avoid to hurt, were photographed.
The names of the Project’s supporters are as follows: Alex Tataryan, Ali Biçim, Ali İl, Aret Vartanyan, Aslıhan Güner, Asuman Dabak, Ayşenil Şamlıoğlu, Barış Hayta, Belma Canciğer, Billur Kalkavan, Bora Öztoprak, Burcu Biricik, Burcu Kıratlı, Can Güreler, Cansu Tosun, Cem Kılıç, Ceren Benderlioğlu, Çicek Dilligil, Deniz Özerman, Deniz Sipahi, Ece Üner, Eflatun, Eylül Öztürk, Ezgi Çelik, Filiz Ahmet, Fulya Zenginer, Gökhan Alkan, Gurur Aydoğan, Güneş Emir, Gürgen Öz, Hazım Körmükcü, İpek Tanrıyar, İpek Yaylacıoğlu Usta, Jahan Barbur, Kemal Uçar, Lale Cangal, Lemi Lilozof, Mert Ali İçelli, Murat Serezli, Nazlı Mengi, Nilüfer Açıkalın, Nilüfer Aydan, Oral Özer, Oya Aydoğan, Oya İnci, Özgün, Pamir Pekin, Selda Alkor, Selin Altay, Serkan Ercan, Serkan Şenalp, Soner Arıca, Şebnem Özinal, Ufuk Kaplan, Uğur Karabulut, Yıldız Kültür, Zeyno Günenç, Zuhal Yalçın.
EVERY VOICE ONE BREATH 4 - 2014
On the third year of the “Every Voice One Breath” Project, the photographs of 55 women were taken with the “Cage Concept” to represent the quieted and suppressed women. They have given strong and brave messages underneath the photographs including topics such as social gender inequality, child brides, lack of education, health problems, harassment, domestic violence, economic dependence. So that, they drew attention to the “poor, unequal, inhuman, discriminatory, oppressive, defective” attitudes that women are exposed to and created awareness in the public.
The names of the Project’s supporters are as follows: Aslı Omağ, Ayça İnci, Aylin Kabasakal, Ayşe Tolga, Ayşen Batıgün, Ayşen İnci, Aytaç Öztuna, Bennu Yıldırımlar, Betül Arım, Canan Anderson, Ceyda Ateş, Çiğdem Batur, Deniz Alan, Deniz Özerman, Derya Şensoy, Dilek Yorulmaz, Ece Özdikici, Ece Seçkin, Elif Güvendik Nayman, Emel Acar, Emel Çölgeçen, Fotoş Kabasakal, Funda İlhan, Gamze Karaman, Gizem Hatipoğlu, Hande Katipoğlu, Işıl Reçber, İpek Tanrıyar, Meltem Miraloğlu, Merve Oflaz, Nuray Sayarı, Oya İnci, Özge Gürel, Özlem Özçelik, Pelin Çini, Pelin Ermiş, Pelin Öztekin, Pınar Ergüner, Seda Akgül, Seda Demir, Selin Altay, Selin Ortaçlı, Şahika Ercümen, Şenay Akay, Tanem Sivar, Taylan Kümeli, Tuğçe Özbudak, Yağmur Tanrısevsin, Yasemin Özilhan, Yeşim Salkım, Zuhal Yalçın.
EVERY VOICE ONE BREATH 3 – 2013
66 reputable women came together particularly for “25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” within “Every Voice One Breath” Project to say “No” against violence to women and form social unity. The reputable women reflected their reactions to the camera against the sense of violence by crying, shouting, and screaming at the word: “violence”.
59 artists posed for the camera for two different concepts for the photograph exhibition organized for the second time within the context of “Every Voice One Breath” Project.
The artists, who looked through a hazy and dirty glass for the first concept, represented outcast, silenced, and suppressed women; telling the personal frustration of women with their free and natural expression. For the second concept, on the other hand, the artists posed in a net, expressing that the women were precluded and that this issue could have been solved through social consciousness and education network. They revealed that the women’s issue is not personal rather a social wound and women who felt like ensnared in a fish net and socially dragged are not alone.
The social responsibility project named “Every Voice One Breath” and realized in contribution with Polisan Boya for the first time brought together 57 reputable women, who are appreciated with their professional success and firm stance. The Project received technical support from the Turkey Representative of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Project Design and Art Director was undertaken by Kenan Bahadır Derre whereas the photographs were taken by Serhat Hayri (Studio Plus) and Tayfun Çetinkaya (Bird Office).
Each artist posed for the camera twice for the Project. On the first concept, the artists, whose faces were covered with stretch film, represented the silenced and intimidated women while they became one breath with their silent screams on the second concept. 57 reputable women supported their photographs with their brave social messages on issues such as social gender inequality, children brides, lack of education, health problems, sexual harassment, violence in the family, and economic dependency.
The names of the Project’s supporters are as follows: Açelya Akkoyun, Akasya Asıltürkmen, Aslı Omağ, Ayça İnci, Aydan Kaya, Aydilge, Ayşe Ertaş, Ayşen İnci, Bennu Yıldırımlar, Beste Bereket, Betül Arım, Betül Demir, Billur Kalkavan, Birsen Dürülü, Ceren Taçan, Deniz Özerman, Deniz Pulaş Akkartal, Didem Balçın, Didem İnselel, Didem Soydan, Dilek Yorulmaz, Duygu Yetiş, Ebru Üstüntaş, Ece Gürsel, Ece Uslu, Elif Güvendik, Emel Çölgeçen, Fatoş Kabasakal, Fulya Zenginer, Goncagül Sunar, Grup Hepsi, Güneş Emir, İncilay Şahin, İpek Tanrıyar, Lale Cangal, Melis Sökmen, Meltem Sırtıkara, Mine Çayıroğlu, Mine Tugay, Nilbanu Engindeniz, Oya İnci, Özge Borak, Pelin Akil, Pelin Batu, Sacide Taşaner, Sedef İybar, Sevtap Ünal, Sinem Güven, Sumru Yavrucuk, Şebnem Özinal, Şule Erden, Türkü Turan, Yasemin Hadivent, Yasemin Öztürk, Yeşim Gül, Zeliha Sunal, Zeynep Mansur.
CITIES ARE SMILING WITH POLİSAN…
At the Municipality Joint Projects, initially the paint demand of the buildings on a sample street is being met by Polisan Boya to ensure that the street is beautified. Then, the residents of the province/city are provided easy terms of payment such as discounts on Polisan Boya’s listed prices and installments on credit cards.
Having been carried out by Polisan Boya since approximately 10 years, the joint painting campaigns were realized in many provinces and cities such as Mardin, Malatya, Erzurum, Isparta, Bitlis, Burhaniye, Kütahya, Kadıköy, Pendik, Beyoğlu, Fatih pleasing the residents by the changing visages of the living spaces.
136 BUILDINGS WERE RENEWED WITHIN SCOPE OF FENER-BALAT REHABILITATION WORKS…
Polisan Boya contributed to the restoration, renewal and rehabilitation studies initiated by Fatih Municipality; namely, “Fener- Balat Rehabilitation Studies” to harmonize the exterior walls of the buildings with the historical texture and repair the unaesthetic practices in the region, by supplying the paint used.
Within the context of Fener- Balat Rehabilitation Studies, 136 buildings will be renewed while 36 deserted building will be pulled down. Sidewalks and pavements in the streets and avenues will be renewed. While Balat becomes a more livable place with the paint, whitewash and environmental planning, the necessary interest and relevance for this region will be provided.
Polisan Boya has been the paint and auxiliary product sponsor of “Paint Your Town” Project, which brought together the high school students of Koç Private High School, Enka High School, and Hisar Education Fund. The students, who painted the houses in Kağıthane in 2012, have painted and beautified 10 houses at Ayazağa District in Șișli in 2013. So far, 4,000 square meter area has been colored and the students will continue to gather for this Project with Polisan Boya to paint the houses in need.
The World’s leading defender of children’s rights; UNICEF carries out studies with several partners on a local scale in order for increasing the welfare of all children; girls and boys, and provides them with the opportunity to reach their potential to the fullest. For that purpose, “Stars of İstanbul” Project was launched aiming to raise required funds to educate 90,000 children, between ages 9 and 14, who could not attend the school. It was targeted to educate 100 children with each star so that they catch up with their peers with the accelerated education program.
Project, supported by the Holding, was initiated in cooperation with Turkey’s reputable names such as Așkın Nur Yengi, Haluk Bilginer, Ayșe Kulin, Rafet El Roman, Ebru Akel, Deniz Akel, and Kenan Doğulu. The target was to bring together an audience of millions with the artists’ world and talent, thereby contributing further to the bright future of the children by increasing the values of the stars at the auction.
International Istanbul Biennial Official Sponsorship
Polisan Boya has become the Official Paint Sponsor for painting the International Istanbul Biennial's historic sites for a 10-year period between 2015 and 2024. In this context, the historic sites of the Biennial, which is organized for the 14th time in September 2015 with the theme of "Salt Water" was painted with Polisan Elegans interior paints. This year, Polisan Boya has painted and revitalized Istanbul Modern, Greek School, the Tobacco Warehouse, Hrant Dink Foundation, Boğazkesen Garage, Italian High School and a 20 square meter area in Rumeli Lighthouse and a boat.
Istanbul Carbon Summit
Polisan Holding, which acted upon the fight against carbon, shown as one of the world's most important issues, and received effective results with the "measure, reduce, offset" principle, has contributed to Istanbul Carbon Summit with Bronze Sponsorship. The Summit has been organized for the first time this year by the Sustainable Production and Consumption Association (SÜT-D) and Energy Efficiency Association. Polisan Holding carries out the Corporate Carbon Footprint Calculation and Reporting studies in an attempt to take measures against the climate change in a corporate sense and lead the sector in terms of social responsibility. Polisan Holding believes that both the Turkish brands will increase their brand value and they will corner the market as a supplier through the awareness raised with such organizations.
In line with its vision and mission, Sustainable Production and Consumption Association (SÜT-D) aims to support those who perfectly successes the carbon management in production and consumption and struggle for the low carbon economy; hence raise social awareness in this issue. Energy Efficiency Association is a non-governmental organization. Its primary objective is to create awareness for the effective and efficient use of energy and to increase efficiency by carrying out scientific and technical researches and sharing their results with the public institutions and citizens.
7 Colors of Turkey
Polisan Boya has been among the sponsors of Turkey's 7 Colors Project, which has been organized for the first time in 2015. 56 successful students yet with limited means from Rize, Burdur, Şırnak, İzmir, Tekirdağ, Iğdır, and Sivas took the opportunity to see Istanbul for the first time. The provinces within the Project were chosen by Undergraduate Robert College Committee of the Robert College Alumni Association (UNIRC) with support of the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life. The Project aims to raise awareness about the students, themselves and the world they live in. The students were hosted with a program including science, technology, art, history, and sports activities as well as historical and cultural excursions in Istanbul.
Bazaart / Art for Each Home
Polisan Boya has sponsored the "Bazaart / Art for Each Home" Exhibition. Sponsorship aimed to bring together the talented, young art students who study at the faculty of fine arts and new graduates with the art lovers while enabling them to exhibit their work. Polisan Boya, having a brand identity of establishing warm ties with women, enriching their dreams, pleasure, and design worlds, and taking their sides on all fronts; has also granted an award to the artists. Inspired by its award-winner Corporate Social Responsibility Project, which has been drawing attention to the violence against and problems of women for five years; Polisan Boya has granted the “Every Voice One Breath Special Prize” during the exhibition. Among the artists who participated to the exhibition with the theme of “Against Violence to the Women”, Senem Aküzüm has been granted the “Polisan Boya Every Voice One Breath Special Prize” with her stained-glass work. Some of the works within the context of the exhibition were also included Polisan Boya's art work collection.
Hand in Hand with Small Hearts
Mika-Der, which is established to improve the living conditions of the 0-18 age children, who had to live in nurseries, orphanages, and child and love houses bound to the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, General Directorate of Child Services had organized its 4. Ordinary Mika-Der Ball on May 29, 2013. TRY1.5 million record donation has been gathered during the Ball, where Toya Yapı was the lead sponsor and Ajda Pekkan and En-be Orchestra took part. In the auction, conducted by the famous Auction Expert Raffi Portakal, the participant benefactors donated for Mersin, Manisa, Afyon, and Çanakkale provinces for their needs. Additionally, Kayseri, Edirne, Kocaeli, and Tekirdağ-Çorlu provinces were donated for establishing one child house for each and İstanbul was donated for establishing 3 child houses. Bartın was donated for the completion of the love houses, which are still under construction. Polisan Boya sponsored for the special photo album, which was composed of the photos taken by the famous Photographer Zeynel Abidin Ağgül and given to the guests after the Ball.