ABOUT US / Social Investment


Esas Holding Chairman Şevket Sabancı and his family have a long history and practice of philanthropy and giving back. Over the years, they have funded the development of several institutions for education and culture, with an aim to serve the needs of the community in which they live and work. Among these investments is the Yıldız Teknik University Şevket Sabancı Library, Çukurova University Hayırlı Sabancı School of Foreign Languages, Turgutreis Hayırlı Sabancı Anatolia High School, Kaynarca Şevket Sabancı High School, Turgutreis Şevket Sabancı Culture and Art Centre and the Turgutreis Şevket Sabancı Park. The family continues to provide scholarships to university students. 
Building on this tradition of philanthropy and with a view to expanding the families’ social investments, Esas Social (Esas Sosyal in Turkish) was established in April 2015. The Board of Trustees of Esas Social span three generations of the Sabancı family: Şevket Sabancı, Hayırlı Sabancı, Emine Sabancı Kamışlı (Chair), Ali Sabancı, Can Köseoğlu and Kazım Köseoğlu. The main purpose of Esas Social is to invest in people and institutions that harness the capability to create sustainable social impact. Esas Social has an Advisory Board and Professional Staff to support the strategic direction and implementation of current and future social investments (see here: ). The initial focus of Esas Social’s investments is in the field of youth and employment – particularly supporting new university graduates, of which 35% are currently unemployed, in their school to work transition.

The social investments include:

  • Designing and supporting the ‘First Chance’ program which works in partnership with leading civil society organizations in Turkey to provide new graduates with full time work positions for 12 months, and additional training to develop 21st century skills and help make youth more employable. Esas Sosyal First Chance program covers all costs related to employment and training for one year. For more information, please see
  • Funding research on the topic of school to work transition in Turkey, focusing particularly on unemployed university graduates and the systemic challenges they face, with the goal of increasing the analytic capacity of the field to develop new solutions.
  • Developing and funding projects in partnership with civil society organizations and other expert groups, to create more services and programs to support youth in their school to work transition


Yıldız Teknik University
Şevket Sabancı Library

Çukurova Unv. Hayırlı Sabancı
School of Foreign Languages

Turgutreis Hayırlı Sabancı
Anatolia High School

Turgutreis Şevket Sabancı
Culture and Art Center

Turgutreis Şevket Sabancı

Kaynarca Şevket Sabancı
High School