As a voluntary-based civil society organization TÜSİAD comprises leading entrepreneurs and executives from the Turkish business world. Some 600 members represent Turkey’s foremost industrial and service sector institutions; these members in turn represent some 3,500 companies.
TÜSİAD, which continues to grow in the formal part of the economy every year, plays a significant role in the Turkish economy through the companies its members represent. Excluding public sector activities, these corporations generate about half of all value-added created in Turkey.
TÜSİAD’s presence is even more pronounced in foreign trade figures. Excluding energy imports, TÜSİAD member companies realize 80% of Turkey’s total foreign trade.
Moreover a significant part of the tax revenue -especially corporate tax revenue- which constitutes the main body of the public revenue, is paid by TÜSİAD member companies, either directly or indirectly. TÜSİAD is also a significant force in the formal employment sector. Firms linked to TÜSİAD members employ about 50% of the registered non-agricultural and non-public sector workforce in Turkey.