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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Compliance and human rights

Human Rights & Compliance

Deutsche Telekom has made an express commitment to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights published by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011 and has anchored these principles in its Social Charter img.

Social Performance Report  
To review possible impacts on human rights, we have operated a central Contact Point for Human Rights since 2013, and we prepare a Social Performance Report each year. In the report, all 121 fully consolidated companies of Deutsche Telekom state whether they comply with the principles of the Social Charter. The report again shows no violations of our Code of Human Rights & Social Principles (formerly Social Charter) for January to December 2017.

Whistleblower Portal  
Whistleblower portal 'Tell me!': Seven tip-offs relating to human rights issues in 2017

Assessments & Review  

  • A Human Rights Impact Assessment in 2017 (designed to assess the actual and potential consequences of corporate activities on human rights and the ability of the organization to prevent, mitigate, or compensate these consequences): T-Systems do Brasil
  • Two 'Employee Relations Policy' reviews in 2017:  T-Systems Netherlands and  IT Services Hungary) 

  assured by PwC.

The Human Rights & Employee Relations Policy Cockpit is also used to measure impacts on human rights. To this end, the national companies collect data related to five human rights  indicators and evaluate them according to a traffic light system. You can find further information here.

Reporting against standards

Statements by the participants in the Social Performance Report are relevant for GRI Indicator G4-HR9 (Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews). Some of the information is relevant for the EFFAS indicator S07-02 (Percentage of total facilities certificated according to SA 8000 standard). It is furthermore relevant for criterion 17 (Human rights) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used in our reporting on Global Compact Principles 1 and 2 (Protection of international human rights).