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Monday 8 April 2024

Global Business Week 2024 will be held in Istanbul on June 28 - July 2

Join now! The #GlobalBusinessWeek2024Turkey will be held in Istanbul on June 28 - July 2!

We will meet there with hundreds of global business leaders from 35+ countries. But let's know more about Turkish Business Etiquette in advance.

Business Etiquette

Corporate social responsibility has become a vital and popular issue in Turkey. It has become apparent to businesses that developing the sustainability of resources is as important as financial sustainability.

Business interest in corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility is growing in Turkey. According to a recent survey of leading Turkish automotive distribution companies, there is a rising awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility in Turkey.

The findings of the survey highlighted the need for the Turkish parliament to pass relevant legislation and introduce tax incentives in order to promote corporate social responsibility and provide programs for community involvement, especially in education.


Turkish people are very traditional and formal when doing business. Therefore, scheduling appointments in advance is important. Furthermore, Turkish people value punctuality and expect international professionals engaging in business with them to do the same. If for some reason you are going to be late, it is essential to call ahead as soon as possible with a reasonable explanation.

Gift giving

In business relationships, gift-giving is not generally practised. If you decide to give a gift, avoid expensive gifts and choose something small, such as a souvenir from your home country. For social occasions like birthdays, weddings, and religious ceremonies, gift-giving is normal.

Business dress code

Styles of business attire in Turkey, particularly in the larger cities, are pretty much the same as in other developed countries. Men wear a conservative suit and tie, while women normally wear business suits with either a skirt or pants. During the summer, lighter clothes are acceptable; men can wear a shirt and trousers without a jacket and perhaps even a tie, depending on the formality of the business. Women can wear lighter clothes, without a jacket but make sure not to wear anything too tight or revealing.