Sustainable Development plays a large part in the future perspective and strategies of the Akkök Group of Companies. In 2007, Akkök Group of Companies took the first step towards aligning its corporate responsibility philosophy with universal norms by signing the United Nations Global Compact, a leading document on the widespread adoption of universal principles for sustainable development. The initial Global Compact Report, covering 2008 and 2009, laid out the Group's understanding of sustainable growth, social responsibility and corporate governance. The subsequent reports illustrate the improvements the Group achieved throughout the years. The idea of the creation of a shared and collective culture of development among all the world’s inhabitants is the basis of the UN Global Compact Principles. The Global Compact introduces universal principles and defines a brand new corporate responsibility based on full voluntarism. It emphasizes the necessity for the social and environmental sustainability of development and creates an opportunity for public, private and non-governmental organizations to come together around a common ideal within a network of corporate citizenship.