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Yildiz Holding (Godiva Chocolatier, Pladis, Ulker)

Yıldız Holding is a Turkish conglomerate primarily involved in food manufacturing across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company was founded in 1944 with the opening of its first biscuit factory under the Ülker brand. The company's current portfolio extends over 49 different products categories including biscuits, chocolate, confectionery, cooking oil, margarine, instant foods, frozen foods, bread, meat products. The company's popular brands include international premium chocolate brand Godiva and British multinational food manufacturer United Biscuits who produce McVitie's biscuits. Both brands, along with Ülker, are managed under the company's subsidiary Pladis, a leading global snacking company based in the UK.

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Governance and strategy

#1 2.5 /10 #191


#1 4.4 /30 #207


#1 3.8 /30 #131

Social inclusion

#1 4.4 /30 #196
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Segment Rank
Agricultural products and commodities #76
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #134

Segment ranking summary

Yildiz Holding ranks 76th in agricultural products and commodities and 134th among food and beverage manufacturers/processors segment. The company’s ranking in each segment reflects its performance in the benchmark ,where it sits in the lower middle of grouping of companies across all measurement areas. The company’s best performance is in nutrition, where, it ranks in the lower grouping of companies. To improve, it should disclose on key topics its peers are already reporting on, including responsible marketing and clear and transparent labelling. Similarly, the company could improve in environment, by disclosing quantitative data or time bound targets on issues it is already addressing, such as GHG emissions and tackling deforestation. Nonetheless, going forward, the company has provided some disclosure in governance and strategy, suggesting the company is in a position to translate its overall sustainability strategy into its business activities.

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The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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