-GÜLER SABANCI: "TURKEY IS MOVING FORWARD TO A FUTURE IN WHICH IT SHOULD NOT BE SATISFIED BY NO OTHER RESULT, BUT PERFECT IN ANY FIELD, BE THAT IT MAY GOVERNANCE OR PERFORMANCE, SUSTAINABILITY OR INNOVATION."
-"REACHING FOR PERFECTION IS AN UNENDING JOURNEY."
Chairman of Sabancı Group Güler Sabancı addressed via video message to the attendees of the 24th Quality Congress which is themed "Sustaining Perfection" motto and organized by the Turkish Quality Association. Furthermore, for Sabancı Group had taken European Quality Award with Brisa in 1996, EFQM Grand Award in 1997 with Beksa, and Turkey Perfection Grand Award in 1996 with Kordsa, it was awarded with "Turkish Quality Association Perfection Ambassadors" plaque in the congress.
Sabancı stated in her message titled "Path to Perfection":
"The era in which the quality notion gained importance in Turkey, especially in industrial companies, matches with the end of 1980s when the competitiveness was getting more severe. EFQM model in those years opened a new vision before us. Turkish Quality Association which is now 25 years old was founded in those years. TUSIAD has been one of the biggest supporters of Turkish Quality Association since the very beginning. Companies started a constant run for perfection. We learned a lot from each other. Total quality management became a means that every company had to use in order to achieve success. This concept pioneered the transformation of the approach of industry management in 1990s. We realized that Turkey desiring to gain speed in competition and focus on global targets has to increase its governance quality primarily.
The adventure of perfection beginning with the EFQM model today turns its face to open innovation and cooperation. Nowadays, multi-stakeholder notion lies in total quality system's nature. Turkey is moving forward to a future in which it should not be satisfied by no other result but perfect in any field, be that it may governance or performance, sustainability or innovation.
At this point, our journey for perfection at Sabancı Group started with Concept of Total Quality and Business Excellence and it continues with lots of excitement.
Our inner innovation understanding and the synergy created by our companies gives light to Sabancı's search for perfection. Moreover at the foundation of our success lies our most valuable asset, which is the motivation of our employees.
Reaching to perfection is a hard and demanding process. In the meantime, it is an unending journey. In this journey, one constantly searches for the better, ponders on the good things done so far, and has to be open-minded about change and making difference.
Of course these journeys have some checkpoints. We can call every award as a checkpoint. Brisa awarded with European Quality Award in 1996, the EFQM Grand Award given to our company Beksa in 1997, and in 1996 Kordsa awarded with the Turkey Perfection Grand Award has shown us again that we, as a Group, are on the right path. Today, as well, Turkish Quality Association has given us the privilege of their appreciation for our success. I appreciate them a lot on behalf of the Group and my friends."