Regional added value.
As a responsible corporate citizen, Telekom considers it its obligation to promote regional added value and social stability at our company sites. We generated revenues of EUR 58.2 billion globally in the financial year 2012 with 232,342 employees (2012 annual average). Almost 56 percent of revenues were generated outside of Germany. We contribute significantly to the economic development in the various regions through salaries, taxes and procurement.
Telekom publishes the net added value generated for the Group each year. These figures show how different stakeholders benefit from corporate performance. By paying wages and salaries and contributions to pension schemes, for example, we contributed substantially to regional purchasing power and a secure future at our locations. Our net added value remained largely constant in 2012 at EUR 31.2 billion compared to EUR 31.1 billion in the previous year. This figure shows that economic development at our company sites is closely connected to long-term business success.
We have been focusing our investments on full-coverage expansion of fast and stable networks over the past few years and continued to do so during the reporting period. With our network expansion, we are laying the foundation for everyone to be able to participate in the information and knowledge society. Our cash CAPEX , a KPI that summarizes our investment in equipment and systems, came to EUR 3.4 billion for Germany in 2012. Of this, we invested EUR 1.0 billion in intangible assets (without goodwill) and EUR 2.4 billion in property, plant and equipment. We paid EUR 0.7 billion in taxes in 2012.
In the context of the "Yes, I can!" association, we also supported initiatives in Germany that promote projects for children and young people in social hotspots, increasing their confidence in their own skills. We also offer customized solutions to provide people from disadvantaged backgrounds with access to new communications technologies and media. These include:
- Subsidized rates for people with low incomes or disabilities
- Extensive activities to promote media skills
- Promoting the integration of people from disadvantaged backgrounds
Telekom helps bridge the digital divide by supporting equal opportunities for all to participate in education, knowledge and communications. In doing so, the Group helps to strengthen the economic standing and quality of life as well as competitiveness at its locations and in its markets.
Telekom makes a significant contribution to promoting young people's skills in the areas of technology and natural sciences through its training activities and its own foundation.
The Deutsche Telekom Foundation, which was established by Deutsche Telekom AG, continues to be very active in helping maintain and improve the German educational landscape. The foundation is currently one of the largest German corporate foundations with funding capital of EUR 150 million. It is dedicated to improving education levels in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) throughout Germany. Since 2012, the foundation has been focusing on encouraging small children's interest in natural science and technology. The Deutsche Telekom Foundation and the Little Scientists' House foundation held the "Inquisitive minds" competition for day care centers in 2012.
In the 2012/2013 academic year, the total number of apprentices and students came to around 9,300, including some 1,200 students on cooperative degree courses. This makes Deutsche Telekom one of the largest providers of vocational training programs in Germany.
The development of innovative ICT solutions is a key growth driver not only for our industry but also for many other sectors. The Telekom Group's central research and development unit, Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs), is an internationally important player in this area. In addition to our German locations in Berlin, Bonn and Darmstadt, we also run institutes in Tel Aviv and Los Altos, California. In 2012, some 400 Telekom experts and researchers studied fast, secure and sustainable communication solutions at T-Labs . The focus of their work in 2012 was on medium-term topics such as developing technologies that enable up-to-date differentiation options and identifying new business avenues.
T-Labs also finances university chair positions and cooperates with Berlin universities as well as with a number of other universities and institutes worldwide. Together with other partners from the industry as well as start-ups, T-Labs helps bring the worlds of research and business together and secures the transfer of know-how into Telekom. Telekom's research and development budget totaled around EUR 100 million in 2012.