SAT 2010-2020


Balsu at a Glance

  • Establised in 1979
  • Has been ranked among the 5 largerst hazelnut exporter for four decades
  • Has experienced double digit volume growth
  • Organization includes
    – Production facility in Hendek
    – Head office covering Sales and Logistics and Senior Management functions in Istanbul
    – Sales offices in,
    – Miami, FL – USA
    – Hamburg, Germany

CSR Background

  • 2006 : CSR Efforts voluntarily started in 2006
  • 2007 : Certified from SGS for OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001
  • 2008 : BSCI – approved
  • 2010 : Sedex membership
  • 2013 : SAT program & FFV Project
  • 2013 : FLA Affiliate
  • 2014 : Initiated ‘In a Nutshell Project’
  • 2014 : Certified for UTZ
  • 2016 : Certified for GAP, MFAL
  • 2016 : Founder and Core Member of GAA


Thanks to stakeholder cooperation with broad participation, we brought new approaches to the sector to tackling problems in supply chain. We are supplying the important part of our sales volume as sustainable and traceable hazelnut. By 2020, our target is to supply more than half of our products as sustainable, thus, we have re-organized our SAT program in 2016 accordingly.

In the social side of the SAT program, we continue to improve our model to raise awareness on social problems of the hazelnut sector for our stakeholders

Balsu’s current main social focus area for its supply chain is as follows:

  • Child labor
  • Working conditions of young labor
  • Health and safety
  • Environment protection and sustainability
  • Employment Relationship
  • Grievance and Support procedure
  • Forced labor
  • Harassment and abuse
  • Non-discrimination
  • Hours of work
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Wages, benefits and overtime compensation
  • Improvement in living conditions

With the agricultural part of the program, we want to provide our growers best knowledge to increase the yield and quality, reduce pollution to the environment and increase biodiversity. The farmers are trained under the following topics .

  • General information about the hazelnut (production features, types, weather conditions, nutritional values, cultivars),
  • Orchard and soil features, design of the trees,
  • Cultivar and young tree selection criteria,
  • Scientific hazelnut production methods such as soil sampling, leaf sampling, soil balance awareness
  • Pruning methods
  • Fertilization in summer and winter
  • Proper usage of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides
  • Prevention of aflatoxin
  • Proper harvesting and storage of the hazelnuts,
  • Handling of the agrochemicals and the wastes.
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