Building on the philanthropic tradition of their family, Esas Sosyal (Esas Social) was established in April 2015 by the founders of Esas Holding to professionally manage their social investments. The initial area of investment for Esas Sosyal is youth employment, an issue of most importance in Turkey. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute 2019, 36% of youth with university diplomas are unemployed. Taking this into consideration, Esas Sosyal developed a program strategy with three components, to support school to work transition for new graduates: Research, Joint Projects and the First Chance program.MORE
With the vision of Şevket Sabancı, the First Chance Program is implemented as a pioneering program in the solution of youth unemployment by providing full time positions for new university graduates in NGOs for 12 months.
The initial focus of Esas Sosyal is youth and employment and two main targets have been set in order to conduct and support research in this area of work.