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Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı (1913-1993), the founder of the Eczacıbaşı Group, used to say that "the real measure of private entrepreneurship is the success with which it increases the wealth of the community as a whole".
Dr. Eczacıbaşı also sustained that lasting success requires hard work, risks and innovation. "Success comes not to those who choose the easy path, but to those who dare to embrace innovations and advances." Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı lived by these convictions. Born in Izmir, Turkey, Dr. Eczacıbaşı completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Heidelberg University, his master's degree at Chicago University and his doctorate at Berlin University during the difficult decade of the 1930s.
These studies contributed to Dr Eczacıbaşı's scientific, systematic and universal approach to life and business and reinforced Dr. Eczacıbaşı's belief that the right to private enterprise ought to be tempered by social responsibility. This belief was first put forward by Dr. Eczacıbaşı's father, Süleyman Ferit Eczacıbaşı, whose maxim was "give back to your country what you take from it".
Süleyman Ferit Eczacıbaşı was the first university-educated pharmacist in the city of Izmir and distinguished himself with a long career of public service during the early years of the Turkish Republic.
Like his father, Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı sought to uphold the aspirations of Turkey's founding fathers by contributing to the development of Turkish industry. Between 1950 and 1990, Dr. Eczacıbaşı oversaw the expansion of the Eczacıbaşı Group's activities from pharmaceuticals to building materials, tissue paper, personal health care, capital markets, foreign trade and information technology.
In every one of these business ventures, Dr. Eczacıbaşı's cardinal principle was contribution to "a healthier society". Starting with his first business venture in the 1940s, Dr. Eczacıbaşı selected the most advanced technology available to manufacture products of international standards. Today, this approach is a key element of the Eczacıbaşı Group's corporate identity and culture.