Governance

October, 2022

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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July, 2024

Contributions & Other Spending

Trade associations are the cornerstone of our public relations activities. Deutsche Telekom does not make any donations to political organizations, po...

Trade associations are the cornerstone of our public relations activities. Deutsche Telekom does not make any donations to political organizations, political parties, or elected officials on principle.

* Total amount according to the individual amounts reported in the lobby/transparency registers of Germany (federal level, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria / each since 2021), EU (Brussels) and USA (Washington / since 2020) - see also https://www.cr-report.telekom.com/crwissen/transparency-disclosures-lobbying-expenditures.
** DT does not make any donations to political organizations, political parties, or elected officials on principle – see also https://www.telekom.com/en/company/topic-specials/special-public-and-regulatory-affairs/detail/public-affairs-and-transparency-611136.
*** Trade associations are the cornerstone of the public relations activities by DT. The numbers listed above mean "LESS THAN 5 Mio. EUR per year" (value may vary slightly year-on-year; this is the maximum of an approximate value) – see also https://www.cr-report.telekom.com/2023/management-facts/strategy/political-advocacy#atn-19548-19551.

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July, 2024

Transparency disclosures on lobbying expenditures

As there is currently no comprehensive definition of lobbying expenses, we are guided by the applicable transparency requirements and publish the lobb...

As there is currently no comprehensive definition of lobbying expenses, we are guided by the applicable transparency requirements and publish the lobbying expenses
in Germany at federal level (in accordance with the “Act Introducing a Lobbying Register for the Representation of Special Interests vis-à vis the German Bundestag and the Federal Government [Lobbying Register Act – Lobbyregistergesetz”] -> https://www.bundestag.de/resource/blob/870452/41e5c2f593b16c960d86c0041a377862/Gesetz-EN-neu-data.pdf) and in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria (according to the Transparency Register Act [TReg]in Baden-Württemberg -> https://www.landtag-bw.de/files/live/sites/LTBW/files/dokumente/WP16/Drucksachen/9000/16_9883_D.pdf and the Bavarian Lobby Register Act [BayLobbyRG] -> https://www.gesetze-bayern.de/Content/Document/BayLobbyRG/true), in Brussels (in accordance with the "Agreement between the European Parliament and the European Commission on the transparency register for organizations and self-employed individuals engaged in EU policy-making and policy implementation" -> https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/de/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2014.277.01.0011.01.ENG ) and in Washington for T-Mobile USA (in accordance with the "Lobbying Disclosure Act [LDA]" -> https://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/ldaguidance.pdf ).

We are guided by the principle of respecting the independence and integrity of our political interlocutors. For this reason, we welcomed the creation of the lobbying and transparency registers at European level and in Germany from the outset and accordingly registered as one of the first companies (EU) or on time (on February 28th, 2022 in Germany).

Lobbying expenditures 2023 in accordance with applicable transparency rules

Area covered by reporting requirements Lobbying expenditure (2023) Relevant transparency rule detailing legal requirements and respective definition of lobbying expenditures.
Deutsche Telekom AG / German Bundestag and Federal Government 2,270,000 EUR *) [1] Act Introducing a Lobbying Register for the Representation of Special Interests vis-à vis the German Bundestag and the Federal Government (Lobbying Register Act – Lobbyregistergesetz) [6]
Deutsche Telekom AG / State Parliament and State Government of Baden-Württemberg 65,000 EUR *) [2] Transparency Register Act (Transparenzregistergesetz – TRegG) [7]
Deutsche Telekom AG / Bavarian Parliament and Bavarian State Government 110,000 EUR *) [3] Bavarian Lobby Register Act (BayLobbyRG) [8]
Deutsche Telekom AG / European Parliament and European Commission 1,999,999 EUR *) [4] Interinstitutional Agreement of 20 May 2021 between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on a mandatory transparency register [9]
T-Mobile USA / Federal Government of the US 9,557,000 USD *) [5] Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) [10]

 [1] https://www.lobbyregister.bundestag.de/suche/R002346/41395?backUrl=%2Fsuche%3Fq%3DDeutsche%2BTelekom%26pageSize%3D10%26filter%255Bactivelobbyist%255D%255Btrue%255D%3Dtrue%26sort%3DRELEVANCE_DESC 

[2] https://www.landtag-bw.de/home/der-landtag/transparenzregister/eintrage/d/deutsche-telekom-ag.html
[3] https://www.bayern.landtag.de/typo3temp/assets/lobbyregister/DEBYLT027F.pdf
[4] https://transparency-register.europa.eu/searchregister-or-update/organisation-detail_en?id=60052162589-72 
[5] https://lda.senate.gov/filings/public/filing/search/?registrant=T-Mobile&registrant_country=&registrant_ppb_country=&client=&client_state=&client_country=&client_ppb_country=&lobbyist=&lobbyist_covered_position=&lobbyist_conviction_disclosure=&lobbyist_conviction_date_range_from=&lobbyist_conviction_date_range_to=&report_period=&report_year=2023&report_dt_posted_from=&report_dt_posted_to=&report_amount_reported_min=&report_amount_reported_max=&report_filing_uuid=&report_house_doc_id=&report_issue_area_description=&affiliated_organization=&affiliated_organization_country=&foreign_entity=&foreign_entity_country=&foreign_entity_ppb_country=&foreign_entity_ownership_percentage_min=&foreign_entity_ownership_percentage_max=&search=search#js_searchFormTitle  
[6] https://www.bundestag.de/resource/blob/870452/41e5c2f593b16c960d86c0041a377862/Gesetz-EN-neu-data.pdf
[7] https://www.landtag-bw.de/files/live/sites/LTBW/files/dokumente/WP16/Drucksachen/9000/16_9883_D.pdf
[8] https://www.gesetze-bayern.de/Content/Document/BayLobbyRG/true
[9] https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021Q0611%2801%29
[10] https://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/ldaguidance.pdf
*) The various disclosures are not directly comparable with each other, as they refer to the legal requirements applicable in each case. If lobbying expenses are to be specified in a range according to the specifications of the respective register, the upper value of the range is given.


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July, 2024

Measurable success: Reduced CO2 generation at data centers

We keep our goal of reducing our carbon footprint in mind when planning and operating our data centers. To achieve this goal, we take a two-step appro...

We keep our goal of reducing our carbon footprint in mind when planning and operating our data centers. To achieve this goal, we take a two-step approach. It starts with optimizing energy consumption at each data center site and then continues with improving processes throughout the global data center landscape.

 

Data Center Energy Usage     2020     2021     2022     2023
Total energy used in data centers (MWh)     748,105     758,384     709,619     685,351
Percentage of renewable energy (of total energy)     62.5     98.3     99.3     99.7

 

Our aim is to increase the share of renewable energy on a yearly basis. Therefore our reported target is to increase our share in comparison to the previous year.


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July, 2024

References to Information published by Deutsche Telekom Major Group Companies and Respective Overview

Deutsche Telekom comprises a number of major subsidiaries operating in different countries respectively regions. Several of them are listed stock corp...

Deutsche Telekom comprises a number of major subsidiaries operating in different countries respectively regions. Several of them are listed stock corporations in their own right and publish as such comprehensive information on their respective sub-group, including inter alia their subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes. In order to access such information, please find the following references to the sub-group reportings for 2023, 2022 and 2021 years:

1)    T-Mobile US

a)    T-Mobile US – Annual Report 2021
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of publicly-listed US-subsidiary, see pages  33, 36, 72, 45-47, 53, 71, 103-105 etc.

b)    T-Mobile US - Annual Report 2022
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/ losses and taxes of publicly-listed US-subsidiary, see pages 32, 34, 42-44, 49, 68-69, 101-103

c)    T-Mobile US- Annual Report 2023
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/ losses and taxes of publicly-listed US-subsidiary, see pages 34, 37, 43-45, 51, 69, 93-95

2)    OTE

a)    OTE - Annual Report 2021
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of publicly-listed Greece-subsidiary, see pages 108-109, 113-116, 125 etc.

b)    OTE - Annual Report 2022
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of publicly-listed Greece-subsidiary, see pages 109-1110, 114-117, 125 etc.

c)    OTE – Annual Report 2023 to be published soon, check OTE Annual Report Website

3)    MAGYAR

a)    MAGYAR Telekom - consolidated annual report 2021
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of publicly-listed Hungary-subsidiary, see pages 6-10, 14, 52-56, 69, 82 etc.

b)    MAGYAR Telekom - consolidated annual report 2022
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of publicly-listed Hungary-subsidiary, see pages 7-11, 15, 20, 60-63, 205-207 etc.

c)    MAGYAR Telekom - consolidated annual report 2023
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of publicly-listed Hungary-subsidiary, see pages 9-13, 17, 62-65, 210-213 etc.

4)    Hrvatski Telekom

a)    Hrvatski Telekom_Croatia_Annual Report 2021
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of publicly-listed Croatia-subsidiary, see pages 46-47, 54-60, 76-77, 92-97,112-113, 122-123 etc.

b)    Hrvatski Telekom_Croatia_Annual Report 2022
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of publicly-listed Croatia-subsidiary, see pages 42-43, 47-52, 64-67, 78-83, 100, 110-111 etc.

c)    Hrvatski Telekom Croatia Annual Report 2023
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of publicly-listed Croatia-subsidiary, see pages 42-43, 48-55, 74-80, 94, 99-100, 104 etc.

Furthermore, there are also several other unlisted subsidiaries of Deutsche Telekom that publish comprehensive relevant information. In order to access such information, please find the following references to their reportings for 2021, 2022 & 2023:

1)    T-Mobile Czech

a)    T-Mobile Czech_Annual Report 2021
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of Czech Republic Holding-subsidiary, see pages 14-15, 18-19, 78, 90-91, 108, 134 etc.

b)    T-Mobile Czech Annual Report 2022
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of Czech Republic Holding-subsidiary, see pages 10, 13, 62-63, 74, 92-93, 108, 120

c)    T-Mobile Czech annual report for 2023 to be published soon; check T-Mobile Czech-website T-Mobile CZ Website

2)    Slovak Telekom

a)    Slovak Telekom Annual Report 2021
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of Slovak Telekom Group, see pages 14-17, 18, 32-24, 36, 61-62 etc.

b)    Slovak Telekom Annual Report 2022
Comprehensive reporting of subsidiaries, activities, employees, revenues, profits/losses and taxes of Slovak Telekom Group, see pages 14-18, 36-38, 55, 67-68 etc.

c)    Slovak Telekom annual report for 2023 to be published soon; check Slovak Telekom website Slovak Telekom

Additional information on each tax jurisdiction in which Deutsche Telekom operates, including names of all resident entities, primary activities, number of employees, revenue, profit (loss) before tax, income tax accrued (current year) and income tax paid are published as well at: Deutsche Telekom  Country-by-Country Reporting CbC 2022 and Country-by-Country Reporting CbC 2023

 


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July, 2024

The relevance of Compliance for ESG in our performance appraisal

ESG targets are part of the remuneration of all executives (ex US) and non-tariff employees and have been part of the Long-Term and Short-Term Incenti...

ESG targets are part of the remuneration of all executives (ex US) and non-tariff employees and have been part of the Long-Term and Short-Term Incentive for our Board members for some years.
We started to integrate ESG steering into our financial steering and planning processes. As well, ensuring a holistic management system for compliance and risk management based on legal requirements is an important governance aspect in the ESG framework.

With our WeGrow, DTs modern performance management system that enables ongoing development dialog between managers and employees (incl. civil servants), also focuses on our employees’ personal development.

A dialogue between manager and employee takes place at least twice a year in order to create clarity about current and foreseeable future work tasks of the current year as well as expected results (in terms of time and quality) and goals.
Employee's strengths and development needs are be discussed and and a comitment on appropriate measures will be agreed. The employee's desired direction of development can also be considered and discussed. All agreed measures will be put into a development plan or/a goal plan. Based on this, our Code of Conduct makes our Guiding Principles even more tangible. It defines the rules for our daily work internally and externally, thus bridging the gap between the Guiding Principles and many different rules and regulations within the group.

For annual assessment and target management are DT´s guiding principles the main categories for adequate behaviour of the staff (employees and managers). The guiding principle "Act with respect and integrity" contains the narrative that "Respect and integrity are key to our success and our compliance commitment. We foster ethical awareness and strengthen value-based behavior to act appropriately in any situation. We embrace responsibility as part of our society and speak up on important issues such as tolerance, diversity, fairness and environment."

The Values Based Competency assessment and the performance appraisal is based on the Group Competence Model.
It uses a 4-level assessment scale and follows guiding questions. (For Executives the Leadership anchors need to be considered).
Guiding questions for Value Based Competency:

  • He / she is strong in collaboration (e.g. across silos).
  • He / she accepts and gives constructive feedback and actively requests it.
  • He / she is strong in communication.
  • He / she acts with respect and integrity.
  • He / she promotes diversity and inclusion

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June, 2024

Group Policy on Avoiding Corruption and other conflicts of interest

Deutsche Telekom AG communicates its values and ethical standards within its Code of Conduct.Additionally, it has several policies to further clarify...

Deutsche Telekom AG communicates its values and ethical standards within its Code of Conduct.

Additionally, it has several policies to further clarify the broad umbrella of values described in the Code of Conduct. A list of some of these Compliance policies can be found on the Deutsche Telekom AG Website.

One of these policies is the “Group Policy on Avoiding Corruption and other conflicts of interest”. Which gives employees guidance on avoiding corruption and other conflicts of interest. This includes a prohibition of granting and receiving benefits in chapter 5.1:

“The acceptance and granting of benefits in connection with Deutsche Telekom’s business activities are subject to substantial restrictions in light of the applicable corruption-related statutory offenses. This affects not only the acceptance and granting of benefits in the public sector, but also in private-sector business transactions, and it applies to a great extent to international cases as well.”

And it also includes the following section on the handling of conflicts of interest in chapter 4:

“4. Avoiding conflicts of interest/transparency
(1) Members of executive bodies, managers and employees share the goal of increasing the Group’s value. This goal can be achieved only if Deutsche Telekom is able to build and maintain permanent and worthwhile business relationships with customers and business partners. To maintain a permanent and worthwhile business relationship, all of Deutsche Telekom’s employees must act lawfully and with integrity in business transactions and orient their professional conduct exclusively toward the common good and economic benefit of Deutsche Telekom, its customers and business partners.
(2) Situations in which the business and personal interests of employees overlap and can thus conflict with each other (conflict of interest) jeopardize the ability to achieve the common goal. The top priority is therefore to prevent conflicts of interest from arising in the first place whenever possible. All employees are therefore required to keep their personal interests separate from those of the Company.
(3) If conflicts of interest are nevertheless unavoidable in individual situations, employees shall in their own interest disclose them to their supervisors and document such cases to avoid legal disadvantages.”

An overview of the contents can be seen in the following:

 


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June, 2024

Board of Directors & Supervisory Board Oversight

Since sustainability and climate change are important issues for Deutsche Telekom, efforts to address these issues are managed at the top level of the...
  • Since sustainability and climate change are important issues for Deutsche Telekom, efforts to address these issues are managed at the top level of the company. Our CEO, along with the other members of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management, has responsibility for addressing climate-related issues throughout the entire Group. This extends to our climate strategy, our climate targets, and our climate-related opportunities and risks.
  • The Deutsche Telekom Board of Management is informed annually concerning the current status of the company’s climate target achievement and regarding other company-related climate issues. Climate indicators (ESG KPI “Energy Intensity,” ESG KPI “Carbon Intensity”) also form part of the quarterly report submitted to the Board of Management. As of January 1, 2022, the CEO has this responsibility.
  • Overall responsibility for Corporate Responsibility (CR) lies with our Board of Management, which deliberates and decides on the key strategic guidance and objectives. The Supervisory Board advises and oversees the Board of Management in this task.
  • The Board of Management is informed every quarter about the status of the most important sustainability KPIs in the Group Performance Report. The Supervisory Board is also regularly updated by Group Corporate Responsibility (GCR) about the sustainability strategy and the progress that has been made in implementing it. Furthermore, a training workshop on the role of the Supervisory Board as part of new sustainability requirements was held in 2023.
  • In addition, a new Strategy, ESG, and Innovation Committee was created from the Supervisory Board, subsuming the former Technology and Innovation Committee, to take account of the correlation between innovation and ESG topics and our strategy.
  • Among other things, the topic of the Climate Target Transition Plan to achieve the climate targets was discussed there. Other climate issues have already been dated.

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June, 2024

Fair Pay - Equal remuneration

We offer our employees competitive, performance-based pay oriented to the relevant local markets. Our remuneration policies are structured to guarante...

We offer our employees competitive, performance-based pay oriented to the relevant local markets. Our remuneration policies are structured to guarantee equal pay for men and women and do not discriminate.
Executive compensation at Deutsche Telekom is based on our Group-wide Global Compensation Guideline. We also offer our employees additional benefits such as our company pension scheme.
As part of our Group-wide employee survey, we regularly ascertain how satisfied our employees are with their pay and also conduct other surveys on specific topics and in specific units.

Employee Level

Average Women Salary
in EUR

Average Men Salary
in EUR

Executive level (base salary only) 1,090,000 1,130,000
Executive level (base level + other cash incentives) 2,190,000 2,210,000
Management level (base salary only) 105,600 108,200
Management level (base salary + other cash incentives) 134,700 139,600
Non-management level 63,800 67,000

 

Detailed information:

- Note for value "Executive Level" (Board Remuneration) Public Source: DT Remuneration Report 2023 => page 21

- Further employee levels

  • Calculation is only for Germany
  • Management level: MG 2 and MG 3 and high exempt levels AT3 and AT4
  • Non-Management level: Tarif employee's Group 1-10

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June, 2024

Risk and opportunity management system at Deutsche Telekom

As one of the world’s leading providers in the telecommunications and information technology industry, we are subject to all kinds of uncertainties...

As one of the world’s leading providers in the telecommunications and information technology industry, we are subject to all kinds of uncertainties and change. In order to operate successfully in this ongoing volatile environment, we anticipate potential developments at an early stage and systematically identify, assess, and manage the resulting risks and opportunities. We therefore consider a functioning risk and opportunity management system to be a central element of value-oriented corporate governance.

Comprehensive Risk and Opportunity Management
Our Group-wide risk and opportunity management system covers strategic, operational, regulatory, legal, compliance, and financial risks and opportunities for our consolidated and major non-consolidated entities.
The risk culture, i.e., the way we deal with risks and opportunities, is a key component of a risk management system and must be embedded in all parts of the company. Its aim is to flesh out the Risk Policy, and to do so, it includes the basic attitudes in relation to risks and forms the basis and the framework for everyday business, for making the right risk-oriented decisions. Part of this is optimizing the risk-returns profile. This does not necessarily mean reducing risk; rather, it means an assessment of risks and opportunities, taking the risk-bearing capacity into account.

The risk culture is closely interlinked with Deutsche Telekom’s corporate culture and requires a positive, transparent approach to risks and opportunities. A successful approach to risks and opportunities, however, does not solely depend on adhering to rules and regulations or implementing processes and structures. The way we deal with risks and opportunities is even more important, with the “tone from the top” being a decisive factor.
The principles of our risk culture are:

  • Responsibility for risks: Everyone is a risk manager! This statement is the essence of our risk culture and fundamental to it. Every employee must know the risks in their area of responsibility, and must actively manage these within their day-to-day work.
  • A receptive attitude to risks and opportunities: Addressing opportunities and risks openly sets the scene for a working environment in which opportunities can be seized while risks are minimized.
  • Transparency and cooperation regarding risks: This facilitates the early detection of risks and enables improvements to be made in the timely implementation of countermeasures.
  • Decision-making based on risks and opportunities: To ensure business success, it is essential for material risks and opportunities to be taken into consideration when making business decisions.
  • Long-term risk monitoring: Risk mitigation and the continuous monitoring of suitable countermeasures result in the reduction of risks in the long term.

The risk strategy is developed based on the company strategy and, in particular, the finance strategy, and the targets defined therein. The risk strategy is further specified by the risk appetite. The risk appetite is the level of risk that is accepted or justifiable in order to achieve the company targets. The parameters for the risk appetite at Deutsche Telekom are capital market-based indicators (such as EBITDA After Leases and the level of debt). The specific amounts of these indicators and the associated risk tolerances are set each year for four years in the Integrated Planning and Management Process.

The aim of risk identification is to systematically and comprehensively recognize and describe risks in all functional areas of a company. When analyzing risk, it is important to consider the cause of risk and the effect of risk.

After the risks have been identified, they must be assessed by the risk owner. The risk owner retains responsibility for the risk. There are two options for this: quantitative and qualitative assessment.

Regarding the risk situation and individual risks identified, the following four response options can be distinguished: Risk avoidance, Risk reduction, Risk transfer and Risk acceptance.

The risks and risk handling are summarized in the risk reporting, which is submitted to the decision-makers in the company and/or the relevant supervisory bodies. This also ensures transparent monitoring of the development of individual risks, as well as of the overall risk situation. Recording interdependencies and consolidated issues correctly is an essential requirement for properly ascertaining Deutsche Telekom’s overall risk position using a Monte Carlo simulation (risk aggregation).

International Standards
Our risk and opportunity management system is based on the globally applicable risk management standard of the International Standards Organization (ISO). ISO standard 31000 “Risk management – Principles and guidelines” is regarded as a guideline for internationally recognized risk management systems. Our Groupwide risk management policy serves as the basis for a uniform risk management methodology.

Organizational Responsibility
In his function as Chief Risk Officer, the Head of Group Controlling is responsible for comprehensive risk governance, which is managed by a central department (Group Risk Governance, GRG) from within his area. He reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer.
Group Risk Governance is responsible for the risk and opportunity management system and the associated reporting system, in particular the Group risk report. The unit provides a standardized framework, reporting process, methodology and training for the entire Deutsche Telekom Group.

Decentralized Risk Assessment and Mitigation - Centralized Risk Consolidation
Each Group segment has designated contacts who identify, assess, and continuously monitor risks. Management takes potential opportunities into account in the annual planning process and continuously develops them further during business operations. All operating segments as well as the Group Headquarters & Group Services segment are connected to the central risk and opportunity management system of the Group via their own risk and opportunity management.

In accordance with the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG), the Audit and Finance Committee of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG monitors the effectiveness of the internal control system and the risk management system. GRG also reports to the Audit Committee and responds to all inquiries regarding the integrity of the risk management system.

Risk Management Training
Deutsche Telekom offers a comprehensive web-based training on risk management that is accessible to all directors, managers and employees. At Deutsche Telekom everyone is a risk manager. That is why this web-based training is completely barrier-free and available in multiple languages ensuring that everyone, regardless of their language proficiency or physical ability, can benefit from this training. This training recently won the Comenius EDU Media Award, a symbol of quality and excellence for digital education. The training provides directors, managers and employees with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify, assess, and mitigate risks effectively within their respective roles.


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May, 2024

Group Benefits Policy

Objective of this Group PolicyDeutsche Telekom is committed to honest, lawful conduct in the face of competition. Corruption is prohibited by laws all...

Objective of this Group Policy

Deutsche Telekom is committed to honest, lawful conduct in the face of competition. Corruption is prohibited by laws all over the world. Deutsche Telekom does not tolerate corruption or the undue influence of business decisions and any violations of the prohibition on corruption shall be sanctioned in accordance with the applicable laws. Benefits in the form of gifts, hospitality (food and beverages), and events are common in the course of business and legally permitted, provided they are socially acceptable and not used to unduly influence business decisions. The objective of this Group-Policy (Policy) is to eliminate any risk of corruption in dealing with benefits. This Policy is mandatory for all employees of Deutsche Telekom.


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October, 2023

MagentaZuhause App - The Smart Home app for the entire home.

The MagentaHome business unit has developed the open, cross-manufacturer Smart Home platform and the MagentaZuhause App. This gives customers the oppo...

The MagentaHome business unit has developed the open, cross-manufacturer Smart Home platform and the MagentaZuhause App. This gives customers the opportunity to combine devices from different companies easily and individually and to control them via app.

With the free MagentaZuhause App, customers can easily control smart devices from different manufacturers and intelligently network them with routines. In combination with LEDs, smart plugs, cameras and radiator thermostats, the home can easily become a smart home. The app helps to make everyday life more comfortable, increase security and save energy. For example, smart lighting that switches on automatically when someone comes home, or smart heating that adapts to the habits of the residents and saves energy. With the MagentaZuhause App, our customers stay connected to their home. Even when they are on the move.

Checking the home network, activating and sharing the guest Wi-Fi and optimising the Wi-Fi are just some of the many home network management options with the MagentaZuhause App.

In addition, our customers can monitor their energy needs, minimize unnecessary consumption, thereby reducing costs and contributing to a greener future.

Wi-Fi or IP devices can be connected directly to the app and no longer require a Smart Home gateway. This makes it easier to get started in the connected home. In addition, the app can also be used to control MagentaTV content - even by voice.

Customers can choose from several hundred different smart home devices. These include products from partners such as Philips Hue, WiZ, LEDVANCE, Gardena, Sonos, IKEA and D-Link. With a smart home-capable Telekom router, customers also have the option of using it as a smart home gateway in order to use wireless technologies beyond WLAN.

At the iF Design Award 2023, the MagentaZuhauseAapp was awarded in the category "User Experience - Product UX".

The MagentaZuhause App offers a high level of protection - as attested by the independent institute for IT security, AV-TEST GmbH. The security test 01/2023 repeatedly concludes that the app prevents manipulation by external parties and that communication is secure.


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July, 2023

Lobbying and Trade Associations - Climate Alignment

Public Affairs and TransparencyWe see ourselves as a dialog partner in an ever more complex digital world and are actively involved in political debat...

Public Affairs and Transparency
We see ourselves as a dialog partner in an ever more complex digital world and are actively involved in political debate – responsible, fair, and based on facts. Deutsche Telekom engages directly with policy makers as well as indirectly via trade associations, the latter being the cornerstone of the public relations activities by Deutsche Telekom Group.
For the management of our lobbying activities and trade association memberships, our guiding principle is to respect the independence and integrity of our political interlocutors. We do not make any donations to political organizations, political parties, or elected officials on principle. Our lobby work is characterized by accurate, objective preparation of the facts at hand. When we avail ourselves of scientific support, we always do so transparently.

Code of Conduct and Compliance
We have made a public written commitment to ethical standards of behavior and enshrined these in our strict, extensive compliance program (Code of Conduct), including Deutsche Telekom’s guidelines political contributions. Our Code of Conduct is the central governance framework for lawful and ethical conduct. Integrity, respect, and compliance with the law and internal policies and regulations – these are the principles on which Deutsche Telekom’s business activities are based.
Deutsche Telekom’s code of conduct and compliance policies sum up the values of Deutsche Telekom and define what kind of behavior is required by those who work for it. The Code of Conduct applies to all board members, managing directors, executives and employees of the Deutsche Telekom worldwide. Additionally, it applies to people to who are viewed as equivalent to employees in functional terms, e. g. to temporary agency employees.
Telekom has a holistic compliance management system (CMS) in place to ensure conduct with integrity and in compliance with the law throughout the Group at all times and to successfully counter compliance risks.

Supporting the Paris Agreement
We are helping to mitigate climate change and contributing to compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement. We are a member of the Science Based Targets Initiative and have developed a science-based reduction target for Deutsche Telekom to make our contribution for limiting global warming. Additionally, Deutsche Telekom has committed to conduct engagement activities in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Deutsche Telekom supports regulations promoting the transition towards a 1.5° world e.g. via industry associations and by supporting various pledges with respect to the support of the Paris Climate Agreement 2015.

Alignment of our political engagement with the Paris Agreement
Deutsche Telekom has a process in place to ensure that political engagement activities are consistent with the overall climate change strategy. Due to intensive cooperation between Group Corporate Responsibility, Group Corporate Communications and Group Public and Regulatory affairs we ensure that our engagement within industry associations is in line with group climate strategy and policy. Therefore, sustainability experts are representing DT in various associations, as e.g. within the GeSI Board or as Cahir of the ETNO Environmental Working Group.
We reviewed whether public policy engagements and lobbying are aligned with the Paris Agreement and found many of our trade association’s positions and lobbying activities are aligned with the aims of the Paris Agreement.

 In some instances, our trade associations’ policy positions and lobbying activities may not fully align with our positions on issues, including the Paris Agreement’s goals and other sustainability topics. For those trade associations where we determined we are only partially aligned on issues relating to climate, to mitigate any misalignment, we expect to engage further with these trade associations to understand their positions better, work to influence change and finally, assess whether our membership should continue. Additionally, as we work to mitigate any misalignment related to climate, it is essential to consider other factors relevant to company interests, such as safety or diversity and inclusion. We believe that having a seat at the table with our trade associations allows us to communicate our views and influence the dialogue and activities in a manner that aligns with our commitment to sustainability and the long-term interests of our shareholders and other stakeholders, including around transparency and reporting.

In future reports, we may look to provide updated information on alignment with climate change aims and, where there is any misalignment, information on mitigating efforts.

Trade association Company involvement with association General description of association and climate position Alignment
B.A.U.M e.V. Membership Association of companies in Germany, committed to environmental oriented management and behaviour. The network is engaged in: (1) awareness raising on problems and chances of environmental protection and questions on sustainable development within companies, institutions, politics, and population in Germany, (2) the distribution and further development of an integrated system of preventative ecological oriented management, and (3) the introduction of methods and measurements on environmental management and sustainable development. B.A.U.M. also launched the "Wirtschaft pro Klima" initiative. Aligned
BDI - Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V. Member of the Executive Committee,
Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom AG
In the last years the BDI position advanced with respect to the general support for climate regulations and the EU Green Deal. Due to the heterogeneity regarding industries, there are sometimes differences with respect to regulatory details, e.g. regarding timelines and exceptions.  Despite the progress made, we are still not fully aligned with the BDI position with respect to speed and ambition level of climate change mitigation activities. Partially aligned
Bitkom e.V.

Member of the Executive Committee and Vice-President,
Michael Hagsphil, SVP Global Strategic Projects and Marketing Partnerships, Deutsche Telekom AG

Generally, Bitkom is supporting climate related positions, especially with respect to the enabling role of digital technologies and solutions, but as Bitkom is dominated by production companies, the interests, e.g. with respect to extension of product lifetimes are sometimes different from the interest of telecommunication service providers as DT. Partially aligned
econsense - Forum Nachhaltige Entwicklung der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V. Membership Econsense is the sustainability network of German business. The goal of the organisation is to actively shape the transformation to a more sustainable economy and society with its members. Econsense is associated with the BDI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie) but formally independent and based on voluntary membership.  Aligned
ETNO - European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association Member of the Executive Board,
Jakob Greiner, VP European Affairs, Deutsche Telekom AG
ETNO is an industry association of fixed net telecommunication providers in Europe. ETNO is currently developing a sustainability strategy with strong focus on climate protection and the impacts of telecommunications on climate to address EU political organizations, as mainly the EU Commission. ETNO is involved in various EU policy consultations with respect to "Fit for 55", circular economy and EU taxonomy. Aligned
European Green Digital Coalition Membership

The European Green Digital Coalition (EGDC) was formed by 26 CEOs of ICT companies (including Deutsche Telekom) who signed a Declaration to support the Green and Digital Transformation of the EU on Digital Day 2021. The Declaration builds on the EU Council conclusions of December 2020 on Digitalisation for the benefit of the environment and recognises the ICT sector as a key player in the fight against climate change. With the signature of the Declaration, the 26 CEOs formed the EGDC, committing on behalf of their companies to take action in the following areas:
(1) investing in the development and deployment of green digital solutions with significant energy and material efficiency that achieve a net positive impact in a wide range of sectors;
(2) developing methods and tools to measure the net impact of green digital technologies on the environment and climate by joining forces with NGOs and relevant expert organisations;
(3) co-creating, with representatives of others sectors, recommendations and guidelines for green digital transformation of these sectors that benefits environment, society and economy.

Aligned
GeSI - Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative Member of the Board / Vice-Chair,
Melanie Kubin-Hardewig, VP Group Sustainability Management, Deutsche Telekom AG
GeSI aims to fulfil four major objectives: 1) Raise awareness of ICTs and related technologies’ role in addressing the causes and effects of climate change; 2) Showcase innovative initiatives being undertaken by the ICT sector in the interests of environmental sustainability, and promote the exchange of best practices between the public and private sectors; 3) Mobilize political will to better reflect the role of ICTs in the outcomes produced by the major conferences on climate change and sustainable development; 4) Encourage governments to include ICTs and related technologies as key elements of their national climate change policies, across all industry sectors. Bolstering collaboration on these main objectives, GeSI seeks to synergize the messages being expressed by actors in the ICT field; the message that ICTs can enable low-carbon economies, and that 21st century governments, regulators and businesses cannot afford to exclude ICTs from policy or business initiatives to green our global economy. GeSI communicates with policymakers and key stakeholders to explain the significant contribution that ICT can play in addressing climate change globally and facilitating low-carbon development. GeSI wants the contribution of ICT to be recognised and integrated in government policies to achieve sustainability goals – at national, regional, and global level. Our role is to inform policymakers about ICT and climate change, to drive the sustainability debate and participate in joint initiatives. Additionally, GeSI drives the implementation of TCFD and Science Based Targets within the ICT industry. In 2021 GeSI officially launched the "Digital with Purpose" movement to drive the industry more sustainable. Aligned
Global Compact Caring for Climate Membership Launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, "Caring for Climate" is the UN Global Compact and UN Environment Programme's initiative aimed at advancing the role of business in addressing climate change. It provides a framework for business leaders to advance practical solutions and help shape public policy as well as public attitudes. Chief executive officers who support the statement are prepared to set goals, develop and expand strategies and practices, and to publicly disclose emissions. Aligned
GSMA – GSM Association

Member of the Board,
Dominique Leroy,Board Member for Europe, Deutsche Telekom AG

The GSMA is committed to:
• achieving carbon neutrality for all operations year on year (Scope 1, 2 and 3)
• a carbon emission reduction target for scope 1 and scope 2 emissions in line with the 1.5ºC trajectory and for scope 3 in line with the “well below 2ºC” trajectory, following a science based approach, using a baseline year of 2019
• achieving net zero emissions by 2050
• disclosing emissions, targets and progress year on year
https://www.gsma.com/aboutus/who-we-are/sustainability/

Aligned
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Membership ICC is the only accredited global business organization at the UN. With the "Green Economy Roadmap" ICC emphasises the responsibility of business and companies for a sustainable development according to the Rio Convention of the UN. ICC is especially supporting climate protection activities such as regularly attending COP side events. Due to the heterogeneity of ICC the position is not always as ambitious as the DT climate protection policy & targets. Partially aligned

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June, 2023

DT AG Health, Safety and Environment Management System and for Quality Management System

As a large corporation, Telekom assumes responsibility for environmental protection. Uniform environmental standards ensure that resource-saving behav...

As a large corporation, Telekom assumes responsibility for environmental protection. Uniform environmental standards ensure that resource-saving behavior is anchored in all processes and in the daily behavior of employees. To this end, the Group has implemented an HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) management system in all fully consolidated companies.
There are internationally recognized standards for environmental protection in companies, such as the ISO standards (standards of the International Organization for Standardization, ISO for short). These form the basis for environmental management at Telekom. This ensures that environmental policy is implemented uniformly throughout the Group.

Telekom in Germany has been working in accordance with the international standard ISO 14001 for environmental management systems since 1998. Compliance with the ISO standard enables, among other things, resources to be used more efficiently, energy to be saved and waste to be avoided. Employees help to further increase environmental friendliness with their own suggestions.

Telekom's commitment goes far beyond the issue of climate protection: Since 2010, a uniform Group-wide HSE management system has been in place. HSE stands for the three main topics of health, safety and environment. The international standards for occupational health and safety, environmental management and quality management serve as the basis for this.
Employees and experts from all Deutsche Telekom national companies regularly exchange information and jointly develop a comprehensive management system. Internal and external audits are conducted regularly to verify that the requirements of the HSE management system are consistently implemented in the company's day-to-day operations.

Here you can find the manual for our central Health, Safety and Environment Management System (HSE MS) of Deutsche Telekom Group. This means that it covers 100% of all Deutsche Telekom units.


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June, 2023

Handling and processing of customer data

Deutsche Telekom processes its customers' data generally exclusively to fulfill the contract (“for the performance of the contract”). Any addition...

Deutsche Telekom processes its customers' data generally exclusively to fulfill the contract (“for the performance of the contract”). Any additional processing activities of customer data (e. g. for secondary purposes or advertisement) is done on the basis of consent (“Opt-In”). Deutsche Telekom has obtained the consent (“Opt-In”) for a relevant number of customers and is constantly monitoring the number of users whose customer data is used for secondary purposes. Further information about the “Opt-In” possibility can be found here: https://www.telekom.de/kundencenter/infoservice

At Telekom, we are committed to our own ethical principles. This means that we take customer preferences into account when communicating with customers, making sure, for example, that we only address particularly young or even older customers via certain communication channels.


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April, 2023

Compliance trainings

The world is getting increasingly complex and we are confronted with new challenges and regulations every day. This makes it more important than ever...

The world is getting increasingly complex and we are confronted with new challenges and regulations every day. This makes it more important than ever to offer reliable guidance to all employees, to enable them to act confidently and ethically in different situations.

We offer a mix of eLearnings, classroom training (online trainings, WebEx) and innovative awareness formats depending on responsibility and compliance risk exposure of the target groups.

Our eLearning offerings for compliance are well-established. Group-wide, these eLearnings also include value-based, cultural, and integrity-related aspects – such as our eLearning Code of Conduct, Basic ethical concepts in day-to-day business and Compliance Basics. eLearnings are supplemented by classroom trainings for board of management, board members, top management and other staff selected on a risk-based approach, for example procurement and sales staff. In 2022 we held in-person training with Board of Management members and top management, in which we processed and discussed the best conduct in typical compliance dilemma situations based on case examples.

Our ICARE check, a self-test with five simple questions, supports our employees in making the right, responsible decisions in difficult situations.


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April, 2023

Supplier Code of Conduct mechanisms

The Supplier Code of Conduct requires the supplier to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulatory provisions, and contractual obligations by ap...

The Supplier Code of Conduct requires the supplier to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulatory provisions, and contractual obligations by appropriate means for the effective implementation and maintaining of a compliance framework. This means the obligation by the supplier to implement a compliance management system appropriate for its risk exposure.


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