Working for the sustainable growth of Turkey
Considered as the driving force behind financial stability, the banking industry plays a critical role in establishing sustainable and balanced growth in our country which is taking confident steps to become one of the top 10 economies of the world. Being one of the leading actors of our industry, we have shaped our activities with the mission to add value to our customers lives, the sectors we work with and the bright future of our country to a large extent for 20 years.
Today, with more than 14 thousand employees, we are truly delighted to have become the 5th largest private bank of the country in terms of consolidated assets from a bank with no branches, employees and customers in just 20 years, which can be considered very short for our industry. Our stable growth policy, employment we created in our industry, commercial achievements as well as the added value we provide to our social stakeholders and most importantly, more than 11 million customers, who never left us alone in our brave journey of 20 years, played an significant role in this bright picture that we all witness.
Continuing to write its success story without a break, DenizBank always designs its activities in line with its development and innovation-oriented vision according to the evolution of the digital world and literally marks its name in all global innovation awards. The Most Innovative Bank of the Year awards we received in the U.S. in 2014 and 2016 and Europe in 2015 translated into a reflection of the passion of innovation that is embedded in our Banks DNA.
Turkey Joint Payment Platform which we implemented together with the leading institutions of Turkey such as IBB/Belbim, PTT A.Ş., Turkcell, Turk Telekom and Vakıf Katılım is a very important project, making banking services easy and accessible for everyone including those without a bank account and improving the financial inclusion in our country. The platform in which we included our knowledge of technology and innovation is a significant step not only for its contribution to the economy by reducing the costs, but also for keeping the knowledge national.
We, as DenizBank, continue our financial activities with the sole purpose to serve Turkey and consider supporting projects that will strengthen our countrys future as an integral part of our social responsibility approach. Our presence in projects such as the Third Bosporus Bridge, the Third Istanbul Airport, TAV Bodrum Airport and Ilısu Dam as well as public-private sector partnership city hospitals, which are vitally important for sustainable development, is a reflection of the approach we adopted. Furthermore, it is of great importance to us to provide financial support to sectors such as education, health, energy, infrastructure, tourism, shipping, agriculture, SMEs, municipalities and sports clubs which have strategic significance in the future of Turkey. Thanks to these investments we are able to channel funds to SMEs, the backbone of our economy, and we work hard to make sure they have better access to funding and their costs are minimised. We are the pioneer bank that provides funding to SMEs with projects realized in scope of Credit Guarantee Fund, Nefes and KOSGEB loans.
Since the day of establishment, our bank has focused on creating value for each individual, thus the society in all its business levels. Taking culture and arts as two important components for the sustainable growth of our country, we are the corporate sponsorship of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra concerts for 12 years apart from our support for Orchestra Academic Başkent DenizBank concerts, International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival (2015) and Büyükada leg of the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015). Realizing the First Scenario First Movie contest in 2015 with Turkish Cinema and Audiovisual Culture Foundation, we became the title sponsorship of the same event in 2016, to make unique scenario writing more widespread as it is one of the most vital necessities to produce long lasting works of art in Turkey and the world.
Sports must be mentioned as another social responsibility field that is important for our bank. To contribute to the development of sports in Turkey and to encourage sports culture to reach a wide range of people, we make important investments in this area. DenizBank was the title sponsor of CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions league which is the most prestigious volleyball league between the years of 2013 and 2016 and continues as the official partner of CEV for 2017, too.
Being a part of Sberbank Group, the largest bank of Russia, we take full responsibility to provide support for the economic, social and cultural relationships between Russia and Turkey. As always and from now on, we will keep on working for our activities to reach and embrace a wide spectrum of society.