Ethical Principles and Rules

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A. Being a member of Darüşşafaka rises on three pillars:

  • Equality 

Darüşşafaka puts equal effort to reach out to and inform all parental guardians and students who are eligible to apply for education. Darüşşafaka conducts the processes of application, examination and admission for all parental guardians and students in compliance with the principle of equality. Everyone admitted to Darüşşafaka Education Institutions is equal and educated equally. 

  • Embracing and Belonging 

Darüşşafaka embraces the children coming from all parts of the country. As a result, these students -whose senses of belonging to Darüşşafaka develops during their education- take it as their duty to embrace Darüşşafaka when they launch into business life. Embracing Darüşşafaka is embracing everyone who provides moral and material contribution. 

  • Family Solidarity

Darüşşafaka is a large family for its members who live under the same roof and same conditions in the period of adolescence and teenager.

“Darüşşafaka Family” is elevated through love, respect, solidarity, cooperation and fidelity of its members. The management of the Society attaches importance to keep in continuous contact with the students of Darüşşafaka, notwithstanding they are a member of the Society, for sustainability of Darüşşafaka. 

Efforts are put for keeping the sense of belonging to and being a member of Darüşşafaka alive and develop at all stages of life starting from education. For this purpose, a great importance is attached to keeping in contact with Darüşşafaka Association and Darüşşafaka Sports Club in terms of being a member of Darüşşafaka, and necessary support is provided for these organizations as much as possible. 

The donators of Darüşşafaka are acknowledged to be a part of the large Darüşşafaka family regardless of the size of their donation and benefits that are provided to them. 

Darüşşafaka Society, which rises on the abovementioned values, prepares socially and economically disadvantaged children to the future with a high quality education in the context of its mission specified as equality of opportunity in education. 

B. Responsibilities of the members of Darüşşafaka

All members of Darüşşafaka including the Board of Directors, Managers, Employees and Members of the Society act according to the following ethical principles and rules:

  • Service Conscious of the members of Darüşşafaka

A member of Darüşşafaka predicates continuous development, participation, transparency, impartiality, honesty, reliability and accountability upon performance of the services stated in the Charter of the Society. 

The employees of Darüşşafaka completely fulfill their duties assigned to them verbally or in writing by the Managers of the Society and its Departments with mutual conformity and support, and are aware of legal provisions and legislation with regard to their duties as well as the internal regulations of Darüşşafaka, and perform their duties with attention, due diligence and commitment within this framework. 

  • Service Conscious towards the Stakeholders

The members of Darüşşafaka aims to facilitate daily life of the stakeholders for whom they are responsible, to meet the needs of the stakeholders in the quickest and the most efficient and effective way, to increase service quality, to increase stakeholder satisfaction, to focus on the needs of the beneficiaries of the services as well as the result of the services while providing services stated in the Charter of the Society. 

  • Complying with the standards identified by the Board of Directors

The managers and employees of Darüşşafaka provide the services stated in the Charter of the Society in compliance with service standards and processes identified by the Board of Directors. The beneficiaries of the services are necessarily informed on the business and procedures during the service process. 

The employees of Darüşşafaka do not share personal or corporate information obtained during their services with the third parties, and avoid making any actions that may harm Darüşşafaka.

  • Purpose and commitment to the mission

The Board of Directors, Employees and Members of Darüşşafaka act according to the purposes and mission of the Society. They provide services in line with public welfare and service ideals of Darüşşafaka. They protect general purpose and principles, aims and policies, reputation and interest of Darüşşafaka while performing their duties. 

  • Honesty and impartiality

The members of Darüşşafaka act in line with the principles of legality, justice, equality and honesty in all actions and procedures. They fulfill their duties without any discrimination based on language, religion, philosophical belief, political opinion, race, gender and similar particularities, and they do not act contrary to the human rights and freedoms or do not make any restrictive actions and conducts that may hinder equality of opportunity.

  • Reputability and reliability

The members of Darüşşafaka act in a way to show that Darüşşafaka is worthy of the trust of the public and the stakeholders. They avoid making any action that injures the trust of the public and the stakeholders, casting suspicion, damaging the principle of justice, and compromising the reputability of Darüşşafaka. 

The employees of Darüşşafaka act due diligence, in a way to be a good example for the students of Education Institutions according to the reputation of Darüşşafaka in the community at all places and all times. 

  • Notification to the competent authorities

The members of Darüşşafaka notifies their managers or the Board of Directors, if necessary, in the case of any request or business contrary to the laws or the principles ethical conduct or if they see or are aware of such actions or procedures while providing services.

  • Avoiding conflict of interest

The term “conflict of interest” means the position where the Board of Directors, Managers, other Employees and Members are negatively influenced to perform their duties in an impartial and objective way, every kind of benefit provided to themselves, their relatives, friends or other people or establishments with which they are in relation, and financial or other liabilities and similar personal benefits related to them. The members of Darüşşafaka proceed cautiously in any potential or real conflict of interest; take necessary steps for avoiding conflict of interest and keep away from the benefits that fall into the scope of conflict of interest as soon as they realize. In this context, the heads and members of the Board of Directors and Auditing Committee and the employees of the Society do not sell the immovable properties of the Society to themselves, to their wives, to the people who have blood relationship up to the third degree and affinity relationship up to the second degree and to their foster children as well as to the companies and institutions where all these people have majority in the capital and/ or participate in the management or provide consultancy services. Neither the offers of these people for purchasing immovable properties of the Society can be accepted as valid offers nor they are allowed in the auctions of the immovable properties of the Society. In the same way, no purchase is made from the companies of which capital and management is controlled by the head, members and employees of the Board of Directors of the Society and people who have blood relationship and affinity relationship with them at the first degree.

  • Misconducts of duties and authorities for personal benefit

The members and voluntary or professional employees of Darüşşafaka cannot provide or confer benefits on or in favor of themselves, their relatives or third parties by using their duties, titles and authorities. They cannot provide special treatments for relatives, friends and acquaintances and fellows, political favoritism or discriminate or provide special treatments for any reason whatsoever. 

The employees of Darüşşafaka cannot use official or confidential information which they obtain during performance of or as a result of their duties for providing direct or indirect economical, political or social benefits in favor of themselves, their relatives or third parties, and they cannot disclose the information to any institutions, establishments or people excluding competent authorities during performance of their duties and after leaving their office. 

  • Prohibition for receiving gifts and providing benefits

All kinds of goods and benefits that influence or have the possibility to influence the impartiality, performance, decision or duties of a person, whether they have an economical value or not, and accepted directly or indirectly fall into the scope of gift. 

The fundamental principle for the members of Darüşşafaka is not to accept gifts within the scope stated above, not to offer gifts in consideration of benefits and not to profit from their duties.

The below mentioned cases are excluded from the prohibition of receiving gifts: 

a) any gifts which mean contribution to Darüşşafaka Society, do not influence the provision of services of the Society according to law and received under the condition that they are allocated to the services of the Society, recorded in the inventory of the Society and disclosed to the public;

b) any books, journals, articles, tapes, calendars, CDs and similar gifts;

c) any rewards or gifts that are granted in competitions, campaigns or events open to the public;

d) any memorial gifts awarded in conferences, symposiums, forums, panels, dinners, receptions or similar events that are open to public;

e) any advertisement and handcraft products given for the purpose of promotion, distributed to everyone and has a symbolic value.

  • Using the properties and resources of the Society

The Members of the Board of Directors, Managers, Employees and the Members of the Society cannot use or have others to use the buildings, vehicles and other resources except for the necessity of the purpose and services. They protect these and take all measures for making them available for service. 

  • Avoiding improvidence

The members of Darüşşafaka avoid improvidence and waste while using buildings, vehicles and other resources of the Society. They act effective, efficient and prudential while using working hours, resources, labor and means of the Society. 

  • Binding disclosures and misstatement

The members of Darüşşafaka cannot make binding disclosures, commitment, promise or attempts on behalf of the Society by exceeding their authorities during their services, and cannot make misstatements misleading declarations. 

  • Informing, transparency and participation

The Board of Directors of Darüşşafaka helps the stakeholders and public to use their right to demand information. Within the framework of the related laws, the Board of Directors informs the public on tender processes and activity and auditing reports of the Society by appropriate means. The Board of Directors observes contribution of the ones, who will be influenced by the decisions, to the decisions unless there is a legal provision otherwise, at one or some or all of the stages of preparing, developing, taking and implementing fundamental decisions on the services of the Society.

  • Accountability of Managers

The Board of Directors and Managers are accountable and available for public evaluation and auditing on their responsibilities and liabilities during provision of the services of the Society. They take precautions, which are necessary in terms of their duties and authorities, on time to prevent actions and procedures that do not comply with the purpose, policies and benefits of the Society. They take necessary precautions to prevent actions contrary to law or irregular process of the employees. These precautions include implementation of legal and administrative regulations, putting suitable efforts on education and information, acting in due diligence on financial and other challenges that the employees encounter and being an example to the employees through their personal behavior. 

The Board of Directors and Managers are obliged to provide proper education on the principles of ethical conduct, observe the compliance of these principles, and provide guidance on ethical conduct.

This Regulation on Ethical Principles and Rules are agreed by the decision of the Board of Directors dated 19.02.2013 and numbered 10.