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We actively promote a sustainable supply chain in our collaboration with over 20,000 suppliers in more than 80 countries.

Sustainable procurement strategy

"With the integration of sustainability requirements in the selection process for new suppliers at DTAG and the definition of common specific requirements between Orange, DTAG and our joint venture BuyIn in the form of a Supplier Code of Conduct, we have taken another significant step forward in terms of the sustainability of our supply chain."

Eva Wimmers, Senior Vice President, Group Procurement

Objective Ensuring the principles of socially and environmentally friendly procurement in cooperation with suppliers worldwide
of Success
In 2013 a standardized 10 percent weighting of sustainability criteria was launched for calls to tender.
Implementation Since 2013, the Group's procurement departments and those at T-Systems take into account sustainability criteria when inviting bids. These are weighted at ten percent along with other aspects such as price and quality. They are based on the CR clause, the Social Charter  and our Code of Conduct and are laid out in the General Terms and Conditions for Purchasing. In 2013 we also started developing a Code of Conduct for suppliers, which defines uniform requirements and criteria for procurement at Deutsche Telekom, Orange and BuyIn.

Each year, we identify topics that are fundamental to sustainable business development in consultation with our stakeholders (materiality process). The project outlined above is an example of how we implement them. The following diagram provides an overview of the key topics addressed in our suppliers section. Find out more by clicking on the items in the diagram.