Culture of respect and care
As our HR Manager in Istanbul, Turkey, Alp helps make sure we're operating with integrity, sustainability and safety at the heart of how we work. He decided to become a member of True Colors, one of several diversity and inclusion networks at the company, because he feels anything he can do to contribute to a culture of respect and care gives him great job satisfaction.
"I believe what makes a company a leader isn't only its financial output, but also the value created for people within the organization and for outside communities," says Alp. "We need to care about and respect people, whatever their sexual orientation, and provide equal opportunities. Creating this inclusive workplace helps us achieve our goals together."
He adds: "It makes me very proud to be working for a company that gives us this feeling of belonging."
Based out of the Istanbul office, Alp works with Marine, Protective and Yacht teams who are responsible for our commercial activities in Turkey and Central Asia.
"AkzoNobel has several leading positions in the paints and coatings sector in Turkey, so it's paramount to equip managers and employees with the right set of values and skills to sustain our performance," explains Alp. "That could mean anything from creating a high-performance culture to harmonizing and standardizing our processes."
Try, learn and grow
“We need to care about and respect people, whatever their sexual orientation, and provide equal opportunities. Creating this inclusive workplace helps us achieve our ambitions together.”
"I've always had a growth-based approach to my life, taking all opportunities to try, learn and grow," says Alp. "I'm a passionate person with many interests: I'm a DJ, gym-addict, food-lover and keen traveller."
"I moved to the UK at the age of 18 to attend the magnificent Saïd Business School in Oxford. I wanted to move back to Turkey to be a diplomat but missed the exam deadline, so I took a job in the Turkish Prime Ministry in the HR department instead."
Alp joined AkzoNobel in 2013. He says: "Many great leaders here have offered me invaluable professional and personal support to become who I am now. And since 2017, I've been studying towards my PhD in organizational development and management.