Doğan Organic Products Heads to Brussels


At the 2nd annual European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards Program, organized by the European Commission for Corporate Social Responsibility Communication under the theme “Cooperation, Innovation, and Influence”, Doğan Organic Products was awarded in the program’s SME category. This is a great achievement for Doğan Organic Products, and the company looks forward to receiving its award from the European Commission at a ceremony in Brussels on June 25.
Supported by the Turkish Corporate Social Responsibility Association, 62 projects from 50 Turkish companies competed in the Europe-wide contest. Of the initial 62 projects, 26 were shortlisted after a preliminary review by a jury consisting of Ege Erkoçak, Head of the Directorate of Political Affairs -- Department of the Ministry for EU Affairs; Melsa Ararat, a Faculty Member at Sabancı University; Sadrettin Karahocagil, Head of the Southeast Anatolia Project (GAP) Administration; and Serdar Dinler, Chairman of the Turkish Corporate Social Responsibility Association and a Member of the CSR Europe Board of Directors. Among the shortlisted projects, Doğan Organic Products’ Kelkit Venture was awarded first place in the SME category.
İlhan Başaran, Doğan Organic Products General Manager, said, “We are all proud of the project our Honorary Chairman Aydın Doğan laid the foundations for a decade ago in order to ensure the sustainable development of Kelkit, where he was born and raised. As Doğan Organic Products, we created in 2002 a platform consisting of farmers, public entities, consultants, international certification and control bodies, higher education institutions, and representatives of the food/retail industry to ensure the region’s development. On one hand, we trained the farmers in Kelkit and its neighbouring cities and provided them with the means to produce organic animal products that would meet EU standards; and on the other hand, we created a market in Turkey for organic dairy products. The structure currently operating in Turkey is a sustainable model which has proven very successful for Turkey’s agricultural economy, and we are very happy about this.”
Doğan Organik Ürünler Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
Founded in 2002 with the objective of making Kelkit and its surrounding area a centre for organic dairy and livestock, Doğan Organik Ürünler Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. now has close to 100 employees working for the Kelkit Organic Dairy Livestock Establishment, with 100 contracted farmer families in the region, 80 of which are involved in vegetative production and 20 in livestock activities. With approximately 10,000 tons of milk from 2,900 certified organic animals (1,400 kept by the Establishment and 1,500 by the contracted farmers), Doğan Organic Products is Turkey’s largest organic milk producer.

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