Turkey’s 458 member Association of
International Forwarding and Logistics Service Providers (UTIKAD) has
assumed global leadership in transportation unmatched by any other organization
of freight forwarders.
“UTIKAD has become a signatory of
United Nations Global Compact in 2015, said Emre Eldener, president.
The UN Global Compact Communication on Engagement
Report for the period 2017- 2019 details in clear and transparent words
and pictures both involvement and adoption of The United Nations Global
Compact, a principle-based pact that is also the world’s largest
corporate sustainability initiative.
“This engagement report highlights
the manner that the UN Global Compact is shaping our day-to-day activities,”
“As the primary non-governmental organization
and point of reference for the logistics industry with its 458 members,
non-profit UTIKAD accepts the importance of leaving a world worth living
in to the next generations,” Mr. Eldener declared.
A First In Turkey & The World
UTIKAD is the first non-governmental organization
with the "Green Office" certificate in Turkey.
The motto of FIATA World Congress 2014,
which was hosted by UTIKAD in Istanbul was 'Sustainable Growth in Logistics'.
UTIKAD set "sustainability" as
the main agenda item during the Congress.
In this framework, the UTIKAD "Sustainable
Logistics Certificate" prepared in cooperation with Bureau Veritas
is the first of its kind in the world.
With that initiative, UTIKAD was recognized
with the "Low Carbon Hero” 2018 Award at the Fifth Carbon Summit
organized by Sustainable Production and Consumption Association (SÜT-D).
Mr. Eldener declares:
“As an organization UTIKAD is aware
of our responsibility to the environment and, that our awareness should
be transmitted from generation to generation.
“We also continue our efforts to integrate
land, sea and air transportations to rail and combined transportation
which are regarded as the "most ecological" modes of transport.
Women At Work
UTIKAD it should be noted is also the first
non-governmental organization to be recognized with a Certificate Of Equality
For Women At Work.
“That recognition was received in
2017,” Mr. Eldener said.
“In 2019 moving forward, UTIKAD will
continually endeavor to emphasize employment of women, draw attention
to gender equality and increase our efforts as a pioneer toward equality
in the logistics industry toward female employees.”
Worth noting in a separate occurrence in
2018, UTIKAD was granted a "Jury Special Award" for its "efforts
on increasing female employment" at last November’s Logitrans
Conference and TradeFair.
Why The Big Effort Now?
“In the globalizing world,”
Emre Eldener said, “it is not possible to be insensitive to risks
that threaten human life such as poverty, unemployment, exclusion, human
rights violations, and social risks that threaten social integrity such
as civil wars and terrorism.
“In addition, producing and using
energy resources that are not detrimental to the environment, and producing
healthy food and ensuring that it is shared equally on a global scale
are among the primary steps that we deem important as a non-governmental
“At this point, UTIKAD believes that
the Global Compact has a collective power that is capable of producing
What Is Next?
“We will maintain our sensitivity
to human rights, environment, working standards and anti-corruption struggle
which we have declared to support, by signing the Global Compact.
“At the same time, it is our priority
to promote these principles in Turkey through our wide member network.
“As UTIKAD, we will do what we are
bound to do in order to maintain and promote these principles in the future,”
Emre Elder declared.
What Is UTIKAD?
Founded in the year 1986, the Association
of the International Transportation and Logistics Services Providers (UTIKAD)
is the umbrella organization of more than 450 companies that offer land,
air, sea, rail, and combined transportation as well as warehousing services,
express cargo and package transportation services, customs brokerage and
logistics services in Turkey and abroad.
Long regarded, “The Voice of Turkish
Logistics,” UTIKAD not only represents the logistics companies and
freight forwarders in numerous platforms at home, but also conducts certain
activities revealing the power and dynamics of the sector.
UTIKAD also serves as the Turkish Representation
of The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA),
the largest NGO in the world serving the logistics sector.
regulations governing freight forwarding in Turkey are slated to take
affect from July 1, reports Cavit Ugur, (left) UTIKAD General Manager
“The purpose of the regulations is to move from
separate licenses depending on your mode of transport to a new regime
“One License carries them all.”
As of July 1, freight forwarders’ operations in
road, rail, maritime, air transport and combined transport will carry
a single license,” Cavit said.
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