Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation

TÜRKONFED (Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation) is a non-governmental business and non-partizan organization, aiming to contribute to the development of regional, sectoral and national economic policies. TÜRKONFED is an associate member of The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) since 11th of February, 2014. UEAPME is the employers’ organization representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. TÜRKONFED was established in 2004 as a nation-wide confederation, representing 6 federations and 69 associations. Today, 24 federations and 186 associations fall under TÜRKONFED, through which over 40,000 companies are represented.
Member federations are established as regional and sectoral organizations. 21 regional federations of TURKONFED widely cover the country, allowing a national representation. In order to be in accordance with the European Union (EU), the confederation’s geographic distribution for these federations is based on “Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics Level 2” (NUTS 2). The sectoral members of TURKONFED are working under three federations; Construction Products Manufacturers’ Federation (YÜF), Fashion and Apparel Federation (MHGF) and Federation of Industrial Associations (SEDEFED).
Regional development, vocational education and employment, competitiveness and innovation are TÜRKONFED’s main areas of activity. With the overriding goal of improvements in these fields, TÜRKONFED leads academic and field studies, identifies problems, generates targeted solutions and shares its opinion with stakeholders and policy makers. Furthermore, TÜRKONFED focuses on enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs by addressing structural and operational constraints, and by supporting capability and capacity development.
Published reports by TURKONFED are listed in the link below:
TURKONFED is focused to promote and enhance the competitivity of SMEs and conducts researches and projects in this field. In this regard, TURKONFED also manages to train the entrepreneurs and owners of SMEs within its members. Two reports about vocational education in Turkey were published and were appraised by public opinion.

In this context, TURKONFED has conducted the projects below;

“Corporate Social Responsibility for Enterprises” project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was conducted from December 2014 to June 2015. As a partner of the Global Compact the main objective of TURKONFED by planning this project was to enhance the competitiveness of Turkish companies by providing them with the education and tools to integrate Corporate Social Responsibility strategically into their business activities. Briefly, the project aimed to increase awareness and develop capacity of TURKONFED member companies on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. Within this project, more than 350 people in total were reached out and informed about CSR concept. Also more than 283 people in total attended meetings held in each region and an outlook report for each region was prepared.

“Towards A New Constitution: Institutional Reform and Development of Democracy Culture (in Turkish)” project funded by Embassy of Sweden and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Turkey. The project focuses on one of the most vital socio-political and economic issues in Turkey: democracy and development. The project´s goal is to produce a report that traces correlation between democratic development and economic development. TURKONFED’s two comprehensive reports on Middle Income Trap have proven that Turkey faces a middle income trap. Through the “Middle Democracy Trap” report we hope to prove that a) economic development is a prerequisite for economic development and b) democratic/economic development will hinder political polarization. This interdisciplinary report will form the framework for open discussions among public and private sector authorities in public events and media. Through raising awareness on the importance of “democracy for development”, TURKONFED hopes to contribute significantly to the constitutional reform process, political rhetoric and democratization in Turkey. (April 2015 – March 2016)

“Mainstreaming Corporate Social Responsibility Among SME’s” is a EU-funded project within the ‘Civil Society Dialogue’ Program as part of the Instrument for Pre-accession Instrument (IPA). As TÜRKONFED, we’re the main beneficiary and carry out the project in coordination with our two partners, Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (KSSD Türkiye) and MVO Nederland. In a nutshell, the project aims to disseminate good practices from the EU and the Netherlands among SME’s in different regions in Turkey. Within the scope of the project, a large summit in Istanbul, as well as 6 workshops in different regions in Turkey will be organized. The project also involves publishing a report on CSR practices in Turkey and the EU. Main objectives of the project is to raising awareness on the EU’s and EU countries’ Corporate Social Responsibility policies both in terms of legislation and implementation and to be prepared for the accession through strengthening the network and mutual exchange of experience between project partners. Specific objectives of the project are; Enhancing institutional capacity of CSOs in Turkey for mainstreaming Corporate Social Responsibility among Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and Establishing a sustainable network between TURKONFED and its European counterparts where partners exchange information and experience on engaging in CSR as well as policies, strategies and support measures targeted at fostering CSR in SMEs. (It started in February 2016 and end in February 2017)

Some of the older projects are;

– “SME Development – Local Dynamics and Regional Development: A model for Tunceli and 2023 Scenarios” which aims to understand and discuss the socio-economic indicators reflecting shortcomings of development process in the region. ( From December 2013 to May 2014) The project is funded by Fırat Development Agency.
– “SME Development – Local Dynamics and Regional Development: Thrace Region Reports” which aims to understand and discuss the socio-economic indicators reflecting shortcomings of development process in Thrace region cities (Edirne, Tekirdağ and Kırklareli). Three reports have been published in this frame. (September 2014 – February 2016). The project is funded by Trakya Development Agency.
– “SME Development – Local Dynamics and Regional Development: A model for Antalya and 2023 Scenarios” which aims to understand and discuss the socio-economic indicators reflecting shortcomings of development process in Antalya. (September 2015 – February 2016) The project is funded by Batı Akdeniz Development Agency.