Dr. İzel Levi Coşkun was born in 1973 in Istanbul. He studied at the University of Istanbul, English Faculty of Business Administration, and received his master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He completed his doctorate at the Marmara University in 2013 by completing his thesis on “From the Turkish Consumer’s Perspective, the Relationship Between Corporate Sustainability Components and Brand Equity Components”. He has worked at Mazars Denge since 1992 and is currently their CEO and Corporate Sustainability Ambassador. He serves on the boards of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), the Business for Goals (B4G) Platform and the Turkey Informatics Foundation (TBV). He has active roles in many NGOs and civil associations such as the Marine Life Protection Association (DYK), Buğday, Endeavor, Young Executive Businessperson’s Association (GYIAD), the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (KMKD), The Turkish Family Business Association (TAIDER), The Turkish Association of Certified Public Accountants and Certified Public Accountants (TURMOB). He is the husband of Sibel Horada Coşkun and father to Serra and Lara.
This book describes İzel Levi Coşkun’s sustainability journey and his experiences with an authentic voice that holds out hope for those of us who care about the planet’s future. “When we, as humanity, have to give an accounting of the life we are living, how many trees, how many lives ignored and neglected will we have to show for it, and how many grave mistakes will we have committed that simply can’t be undone. We have permitted these mistakes to become part of our lifestyles and to guide us, even to control us, as if they were our indispensable truths, so that the balance of the scales of life have been disrupted in a way that endangers both humanity and the entire planet. Right now, it is within our power to restore this balance while there is still a chance. It's time to try to begin the transformation by becoming aware and acknowledging these facts. There is no time to lose”.
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“Izel is a tireless fighter for a better future who feels injustice right in his bones. He successfully merges his business aspirations with his long-term goals of sustainability and social responsibility. Izel’s book is a personal account of how his company achieved success even while sacrificing some short-term accomplishments for the sake of building trust in the community and working for the good of the planet.”
“There simply is no doubt that humanity is facing the greatest threat ever – that of climate change. And, as the great Bill McKibben states, “even people trying to pay attention can’t really keep track of what should be the most compelling battle in human history.” The Youth For Climate movement, under the hashtag #peoplenotprofit describes it as a “class struggle where the colonizers and capitalists are at the core of every system of oppression that has caused the climate crisis.” Now, in his compelling book İzel Levi Coşkun not only keeps track of the impending huge catastrophe, he also takes a responsible attitude to defending basic universal ethical values and promotes the fight against today’s global “crisis of injustice.” This work conveys to the reader the paramount significance of building a new socio-economic system and a home in which people are prioritized over profit. “
“This book will be read with curiosity and pleasure by people from all walks of life, especially young people and future leaders. They will discover much that appeals, because it shares the author's experiences helpfully, as well as setting out his motivation and accomplishments. It's my hope that Izel Levi Coskun, who I met at a Turkish NGO training program in the early 2000's and whose story I have had the pleasure of watching unfold since, will find many more fellow travellers to walk at his side as he journeys towards making sustainability the core of his life... “
“Coskun is among a new generation of entrepreneurs who have witnessed the phenomenal growth of the Turkish economy in the last 20 years accompanied, however, by environmental destruction and a widening gap between rich and poor. Taking the Covid 19 pandemic as a warning signal for the future of our planet, he argues that we have to face the responsibility of creating a habitable natural and social environment for our generation and the generations to come. From Continuity to Sustainability has numerous examples of how to do this from his own experience in the workplace and is a valuable contribution that should appeal to both the interested parties as well as the general public at large.”
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There are days when one feels worn-out, fed up, desperate and aimless. Depression and lack of joy dominate such days – one feels upset and unwilling to do anything. That was how I felt on July 16, following the events of the night before. I am sure you had similar feelings. I am also sure that your feelings today are pretty much the same. Sadly we are going through times where trust is lost and peace is forgotten. We all live in fear and anxiety. We do not understand what has happened and we do not know what is to come, which makes us feel even more ineffective and desperate. And those feelings eventually lead to the despair.Details >
In the last few years, entrepreneurship in Turkey has become a more popular business choice, with an increasing interest from the youth. In the applications to our company, while the experience of having started one’s own business was a rarity just a few years ago, we now see it as a growing trend in CV’s belonging to a certain young age group.Details >
How does a company relate to society and the environment? Is making a profit the only reason for a company’s existence? How do we define the bond a company develops with its employees? Is money the only factor stakeholders consider when evaluating a company?Details >
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