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Demand and promote: industry-wide development program for suppliers

In 2019, we continued our supplier program under the umbrella of the ICT industry association Global enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). In the...

In 2019, we continued our supplier program under the umbrella of the ICT industry association Global enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). In the reporting period, other ICT companies and their suppliers as well as sub-suppliers joined the program. So far, 23 selected suppliers have participated in the program. In 2020, we will add more suppliers to the program. The program is designed to make global supply chains for ICT products more sustainable. With these, we were not only able to achieve social and ecological improvements, but also economically measurable advantages: better working conditions have a positive effect on their motivation and increase productivity. This also improves the quality of the products, which in turn reduces the number of complaints regarding our products.

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“Child and Career” mentoring program

After three very successful runs, the kick-off event of our next “Child and Career” mentoring program took place in October 2019. For a period of...

After three very successful runs, the kick-off event of our next “Child and Career” mentoring program took place in October 2019. For a period of 21 months, this program provides for potential junior staff in expert and managerial functions from various business units of the Group in Germany to be mentored by an experienced manager. The mentees who will soon start parental leave, are in parental leave or are planning their re-entrance in the job gain new professional and methodical competences “in the tandem” and benefit from shared experiences with others in the program network. In the fourth “Child and Career” session, 26 tandem teams went to the start. The program is supplemented by web-based tutorials on focus topics and self-organized network meetings. In addition, supplementary coaching services such as parental coaching and professional support coaching will be provided, as required. This was very well appreciated by the last run. More than 80 percent of participating junior employees and almost 70 percent of the managers are female.

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The 80/20 model

Since 2017, we have been using the 80/20 model to give our employees the opportunity to spend up to 20 percent of their working time on projects outsi...

Since 2017, we have been using the 80/20 model to give our employees the opportunity to spend up to 20 percent of their working time on projects outside of their usual remit. This allows them to work with teams from other departments. In this way, we break up departmental silos and can make better use of the company’s broad spectrum of talent. The model makes employees more visible and motivated, and enhances their network of contacts. Use of the model is voluntary and is tied to a specific Group project.

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Rapid entry into Smart Home business: QIVICON

We have set up the open, vendor-neutral smart home platform QIVICON. This platform gives consumers the option of combining devices from different comp...

We have set up the open, vendor-neutral smart home platform QIVICON. This platform gives consumers the option of combining devices from different companies simply and individually.

We were able to further increase the number of devices that are compatible with the QIVICON platform during the reporting period. Even today they can choose from among several hundred different smart home appliances.

In 2019, we commissioned the testing institute AV-TEST GmbH for the fifth time to check how secure the QIVICON Smart Home platform and the Magenta Smart Home app are. Once again, the rating was “very good protection”. The next test by AV-Test GmbH is planned for the beginning of 2020.

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Succession management ensuring our company is ready for the future

Top-level management plays a key role in the business success of a company. If managers at that level leave the company, their position must be filled...

Top-level management plays a key role in the business success of a company. If managers at that level leave the company, their position must be filled in a timely manner, with a qualified candidate. Since 2017, we have a global systematic succession management process, which obligates around 1,800 managers in executive positions to be involved in succession planning. The process helps these managers to decide who could serve as their direct successor and who has the potential to take on their role in the mid-term. A digital platform helps executives with the nomination process, the timing of which is aligned with the start of the annual Global Talent Pool.
In 2019, 4,400 potential candidates (DT internal and external, 25 percent of which were female professionals) were evaluated at special succession meetings. Successors get full transparency about the positions they are nominated to and their readiness to take on the role. This nomination and feedback process means a number of diverse and highly qualified potential successors are available when the need arises and keeps the company in motion.

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Digital Solutions: AUTOPILOT – autonomous driving services to boost efficiency

The EU’s AUTOPILOT project is trialing services of this kind on the market, including self-driving vehicles in local public transportation, self-par...

The EU’s AUTOPILOT project is trialing services of this kind on the market, including self-driving vehicles in local public transportation, self-parking cars, and real-time car sharing. Such solutions are particularly efficient and environmentally friendly, resulting in an estimated 10 percent fewer CO2 emissions compared to conventional driving practices. The project launched in 2017 and will run until 2019. Thereafter the services will be incorporated into regular operations. T-Systems is the project partner of AUTOPILOT and supports analyses on the feasibility and market launch of the new services. The project has successfully been finalized in 2019, a follow-up project has already been won and the work has been started.

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Digital Solutions: The EU’s AEOLIX project – a platform for more efficient and climate-friendly logistics chains

The aim of the EU’s AEOLIX project is to establish a new ICT platform for networking the numerous, previously isolated individual logistics systems...

The aim of the EU’s AEOLIX project is to establish a new ICT platform for networking the numerous, previously isolated individual logistics systems throughout the EU. At the same time, practical services will be developed and tried out in 11 European test zones. T-Systems is participating in test zone 1: Intermodal Logistics in the Hamburg – Frankfurt Transportation Corridor. This zone will test a smartphone app that helps truck drivers drive in an ecologically responsible manner. Around 958,230 metric tons of CO2 could be spared in ongoing customer projects by analyzing driving profiles and ecodrive functions. The project has successfully been finalized in 2019.

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Digital Solutions: Connected Car – preventing traffic jams with connected cars

T-Systems has been developing and operating Daimler’s Connected Car platform (Daimler vehicle backend) worldwide since 2013. The platform is the tec...

T-Systems has been developing and operating Daimler’s Connected Car platform (Daimler vehicle backend) worldwide since 2013. The platform is the technical basis for the Live Traffic service, which provides drivers with real-time traffic information, Live Traffic prevents about 30 percent of traffic jams per vehicle. This means the approximately 12 million vehicles equipped with Live Traffic consumed about 13 million liters less fuel. This translates into CO2 savings of around 32,500 metric tons.

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The Internet of Things

Machines and products are constantly becoming smarter. The technologies that make these developments possible are bundled under the term Internet of T...

Machines and products are constantly becoming smarter. The technologies that make these developments possible are bundled under the term Internet of Things, or IoT.
IoT can help ideally coordinate the processes of various devices, vehicles, and entire industrial facilities. This increases industrial productivity and ensures efficient logistics, thus helping reduce energy consumption and conserve resources.
We also support the German federal government’s Industry 4.0 initiative through our involvement in IoT. The initiative’s objective is to maintain Germany’s competitive edge in the technology sector.

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Achieving more together: international collaboration

How can international corporations put sustainability strategies into practice across borders? Deutsche Telekom employs CR managers for the relevant b...

How can international corporations put sustainability strategies into practice across borders? Deutsche Telekom employs CR managers for the relevant business segments and national companies to reach this goal. They use the CR Manager Network to regularly share best practices and discuss new challenges, thereby jointly promoting essential CR issues. The central Group Corporate Responsibility (GCR) department is responsible for managing the network.

To stay in contact and work close together, the CR-Managers rely on virtual as well as face-to-face meetings. During our CR-Managers-Meeting in Athens (Mai 2019), topics included the new ambitious climate protection targets, the Community-Initiative "Stop wasting - start caring!"  as well as "digital democracy".  The virtual CR-Managers-Meeting in October 2019 focused among other things on recent progress and upcoming next steps to transform Deutsche Telekom to an ever more sustainable company as well as the raising importance of Corporate Responsibility for attracting talented new employees.

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Supporting start-ups: Creating space for ideas

As the leading startup program of Deutsche Telekom, the telcotech incubator hubraum connects external startups with business units in our group to jo...

As the leading startup program of Deutsche Telekom, the telcotech incubator hubraum connects external startups with business units in our group to jointly offer innovative products for our private and business customers. In addition, hubraum offers startups early-stage financing from their own investment fund and targeted innovation programs with a view to the strategic growth areas and technologies of Deutsche Telekom.

Since the founding of hubraum in 2012, hubraum has built up a strategic investment portfolio of over 25 companies and closely collaborated with over 300 start-ups from Europe and Israel in areas such as Future Connectivity (e.g. 5G, Edge Cloud, AI, NBIoT), Connected Life and Work (e.g. smart home, AR/VR, industrial IoT) and the "Next Next" (e.g. blockchain). The hubraum Campus in Berlin has been expanded with one of the first 5G networks in Europe and edge cloud infrastructure. In addition to co-working office space and mentoring, startups can now also have exclusive access to Deutsche Telekom's networks, product platforms and test data to accelerate their business development. 

In 2019, 16 projects from our Edge and 5G prototyping programs were implemented on the new infrastructure. These will be continued in 2020.
In the same period, five projects of the consumer IoT eSIM program have been implemented. They will be marketed in 2020 as products of the national companies of DT.

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Hubraum projects

• For 2020, hubraum has announced the Tech Award: Sustainability in 5G Challenge. With this, hubraum starts to make the ecosystem a more environmen...

• For 2020, hubraum has announced the Tech Award: Sustainability in 5G Challenge. With this, hubraum starts to make the ecosystem a more environmentally-friendly place by meeting 5G’s increased demand for energy sustainably — with the help of cocreation.
• Neebo, a start-up from Great Britain and participant of the hubraum Consumer IoT eSIM program, has developed a sensor wristband for babies. It allows the child’s vital signs, such as breathing and pulse, to be monitored via smartphone.
• Safety is one of the main reasons why driver assistants and systems for autonomous driving are constantly being improved.  For these assistance systems (e.g. video, 3D point clouds and telematic) to function properly, a lot of sensor data is required. The startup Teraki - a hubraum investment - is developing software that significantly reduces the energy consumption that arises when processing these sensor data.

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Recruiting young talent

We need the best minds to join us in shaping the digital transformation. Employer Branding. A strong employer brand is essential for recruiting and re...

We need the best minds to join us in shaping the digital transformation. Employer Branding. A strong employer brand is essential for recruiting and retaining talent, especially in the increasingly competitive market for IT and tech professionals. In 2019, we therefore developed and implemented a new employer brand strategy and the #IWILLNOTSTOP employer campaign with a focus on the IT and tech target group internationally. We are pursuing a digital communication strategy in order to address the target group individually and in a personalised way. Here, in addition to digital image ads, we are also present with employee stories in videos to show how they make a difference with their jobs, advance society and shape digitization. This is also the message of our campaign: Become part of us and experience for yourself what we can achieve together.
In Recruitment a fast and digital recruiting process with a positive candidate journey is key to success to attract the best talent for us. We use a wide range of digital elements such as Game-Based Assessments - psychometric tests in online games used in our recruitment process for our Start up! trainee program.

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Promotion of women in STEM professions#

Diversity is an integral part of our corporate culture, this is why we are increasingly trying to attract talented women to our company with target-gr...

Diversity is an integral part of our corporate culture, this is why we are increasingly trying to attract talented women to our company with target-group-specific speeches. Our Women's MINT Award, which promotes women in MINT subjects and professions, is once again open to female MINT students from all over the world for the seventh time.  We are partner of FemTec, a career platform to inspiring women to pursue a (management) career in the technical field. This year we were one of 2 dedicated companies offering a innovation workshop. The topic of the project was nothing less than one of our latest mega topics: 5G as an enabler for remote driving - which 30 of the FemTec women decided on. We were also involved in the "Global Digital Women", an international network of women designers in the digital industry, and were represented at the "women&work", the leading European trade fair for women and careers, in order to target specific candidates.
 

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Unser Diversity Engagement zahlt sich aus.

After Telekom signed the UN Women Empowerment principles in 2015, we also signed the UN LGBT standards in 2019. For our work on equality, we received...

After Telekom signed the UN Women Empowerment principles in 2015, we also signed the UN LGBT standards in 2019. For our work on equality, we received the Female Recruiting Award at women @ work fair in 2019. The magazine Brigitte honored Deutsche Telekom as one of the best employers for women and in the "Gender Diversity Index" of the Boston Consulting Group Deutsche Telekom achieved first place in the DAX 30 companies.

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Unser Diversity Engagement zahlt sich aus.

After Telekom signed the UN Women Empowerment principles in 2015, we also signed the UN LGBT standards in 2019. For our work on equality, we received...

After Telekom signed the UN Women Empowerment principles in 2015, we also signed the UN LGBT standards in 2019. For our work on equality, we received the Female Recruiting Award at women @ work fair in 2019. The magazine Brigitte honored Deutsche Telekom as one of the best employers for women and in the "Gender Diversity Index" of the Boston Consulting Group Deutsche Telekom achieved first place in the DAX 30 companies.

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