As the original texts are written in Turkish, English translation is provided for non-Turkish readers. The author apologizes in advance for any and all possible changes and losses in meaning due to translation.
As Siemens, we celebrated our 160th anniversary in Turkey last year. Through these 160 years, we have added value to our country in terms of products, technology, and human resources. I am both proud and pleased of saying that these values continue to exist.
In parallel with these values, there is a topic that we care very much for, in fact, not only for people, but for all living things: the Earth. Every work we do and every project we accomplish aims to make the world a better and a more livable place for new generations and all living things. If the world does not exist, neither shall we. For this reason, we decided to create a memorial forest that would symbolize the contributions we have made to the planet so far and that would be the greatest investment in the future. On Friday, April 7th, we gathered in İzmir / Seferihisar for this purpose.
I wholeheartedly believe that Siemens Turkey 160th Anniversary Memorial Forest that we planted in cooperation with the Aegean Forest Foundation is a very important project. I think this forest will also provide a valuable contribution to our goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2023, i.e. the 100th anniversary of our Republic, as we have stated in our Business to Society Report in 2016.
I would like to once again thank the Aegean Forest Foundation and all authorities and Siemens employees for supporting the creation of the 160th Anniversary Memorial Forest. 5,000 saplings that we planted in Seferihisar, a symbol of environmentalism, naturalness, peace, and tranquility, will light the way to the future as well.