Human rights

Aspect: Investment

Human rights
Human rights (management approach)
Suppliers > Sustainable procurement strategy

For mergers and acquisitions, human rights-related risks are assessed during the due diligence phase.

Aspect: Non-discrimination

Aspect: Freedom of association and collective bargaining

2014 audit results

To our knowledge there are no cases of this nature.

Deutsche Telekom recognizes the fundamental right to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining within the scope of national regulations and existing agreements. These basic rights form an integral part of the Social Charter , are binding for the entire Group, and must be confirmed in writing annually by the Group companies.

With regard to the accusations from unions about T-Mobile US, it is important to note that the freedom of association and collective bargaining is guaranteed in the United States. All employees have the right to organize themselves in unions. This is effective and is being practiced, which can be seen from the fact that employees at two locations in the north-eastern USA (Connecticut and New York) have decided to join unions. There are also several collective agreements at these two locations that T-Mobile US signed with the responsible union, the Communications Workers of America.

Additional links:
www.telekom.com/corporate-responsibility/responsible-employer/news/169844
www.telekom.com/corporate-responsibility/responsible-employer/news/202338

Aspect: Child labor

2014 audit results

No significant risk of child labor was identified at our direct business facilities.

Aspect: Forced or compulsory labor

Human rights (management approach)
Comprehensive human rights impact assessment finalized
2014 audit results
Social Charter

We address risks regarding forced labor by auditing selected strategic suppliers and suppliers that are at particularly high risk.

Aspect: Assessment

We use our Social Performance Report to annually review compliance with the provisions of our Social Charter . All 111 fully consolidated companies participate in this assessment.

Revised Social Charter applies worldwide
Sustainable Procurement KPI

Aspect: Supplier human rights assessment

We do not currently have information regarding the percentage of new suppliers that have been evaluated based on sustainability criteria (e.g., though voluntary information, the EcoVadis platform or social audits). This information will be available once the supplier portal has been introduced throughout the Group. Rollout is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. The general requirement for any supplier relationship is passing a pre-qualification process, which includes 16 questions regarding sustainability.

Sustainable Procurement KPI
Supplier relationships

2014 audit results

Improvement measures regarding working conditions, human rights or environmental protection were implemented at the facilities of at least 34 out of 45 audited suppliers.

Aspect: Human rights grievance mechanisms