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2016 Corporate Responsibility Report

Socially responsible investment

Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) ESG KPI

Our efforts to achieve greater sustainability are also paying off with investors. At the end of 2016, around 20 percent of T-Shares were owned by investors who take SRI img criteria at least partly into account in their investment decisions. Almost 2 percent of T-Shares were held by investors who give priority to SRI aspects when managing their funds.

The Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) ESG KPI img indicates the proportion of shares in Deutsche Telekom AG held by investors who take, among other criteria, environmental, social, and governance criteria into account for their investment strategy. As the basis of calculation is updated annually, year-on-year comparisons may be of limited value. (Source: Ipreo, based on Deutsche Telekom’s shareholder structure as of Sept. 30, 2016)

Reporting against standards

The KPI  is relevant for criteria 1 (Strategic Analysis, Strategy and Goals) and 7 (Rules and Processes) of the German Sustainability Code.

Listing of the T-share

Sustainability ratings play a key role in SRI img investment decisions. In line with our corporate responsibility strategy, we concentrate on specific rating agencies that we select on the basis of reputation, relevance and independence.

In 2016, the T-Share was again listed on leading sustainability indexes, including RobecoSAM’s prominent DJSI img World and DJSI Europe. Once more, our share was listed on the FTSE4Good img and UN Global Compact img 100 indexes. Rating agency “oekom” singled us out as the world’s best telecommunications company in terms of ecological and social performance.

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Reporting against standards

The KPI img is relevant for criterion 1 (Strategic Analysis, Strategy and Goals) of the German Sustainability Code.

Network buildout

We again made significant investments in the broadband and fiber-optic buildout, our IP img transformation, and our mobile infrastructure as part of our integrated network strategy.

We are building an IP-based network with high transmission bandwidths so that, in the future, we can offer our customers competitive high-speed lines, e.g., by migrating our VDSL img network to vectoring technology. In addition, we are investing heavily to offer greater coverage and even higher speeds in rural areas as well. We are also using innovative products for this purpose – like our hybrid router, which combines the transmission bandwidths of fixed-network and mobile communications, thus enabling much higher transmission speeds.

Part of our network strategy is to also systematically build out our mobile networks with 4G/LTE img technology to increase transmission rates in all our national companies. Thanks to investments in our 4G/LTE network, our customers enjoy better network coverage with fast mobile broadband. In 2016, we supplied 84 percent of the population of Germany with LTE. This puts us right on schedule to reach our goal of between 75 and 95 percent network coverage by 2018.