CSR & IRI at the Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul

The IRI was a topic of discussion with undergraduate students of the Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul today, where Nil Memisoglu-Mit, of the Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations (TISK), gave a lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and project management.

Memisoglu-Mit is Project Coordinator of the EU-funded ‘CSR for ALL’ project, which recently released its revised sustainability reporting handbook for employers’ organizations. Distributed in more than 150 countries, the handbook includes a section about the IRI as a practical reporting framework for organizations implementing CSR in the Islamic world.

“It was a great experience to speak with students of the Bahçeşehir University today about CSR in project management. We had an engaging dialogue about the importance of maintaining a strategic and impact-oriented approach to CSR, and briefly looked at what we can learn from international best practice.”

For the past decade, Memisoglu-Mit has worked on international multi-stakeholder projects with organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union and indeed TISK, leveraging the sustainable development of communities and the society. Under her management, the ‘CSR for ALL’ project was recently awarded the ‘Contribution to CSR Award’, issued by the Turkish CSR Association.

“The idea of approaching CSR from a local and cultural perspective, as the IRI does, chimed with the students. They recognized that while at the international scale we are striving for shared goals and ambitions, in many cases, the most effective approach towards achieving this, is in fact a local approach.”

Located in the heart of Istanbul, Bahçeşehir University (BAU) is a private university particularly known for its international outlook and network. Its mission is to educate the future workforce to have an inquisitive and critical mind, be sensitive to local and global issues, achieve international standards, contribute to scientific, technological and cultural knowledge, and be strong supporters of universal ideas and values.

The IRI would like to thank Memisoglu-Mit for sharing her knowledge about the IRI with the students of the BAU.