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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Health and safety

Health rate

The health rate at Deutsche Telekom in Germany remained constant at a high level over the course of the year at approximately 93 percent.

The Group-wide health index – calculated as part of the 2017 employee survey in 30 countries – increased positively by 0.1 to 3.6 (on a scale from 1 to 5). From 2018, new steps will be taken designed primarily to improve the health rate. These include, for example, a workshop in which managers learn about a range of short-, medium-, and long-term strategies to influence the health rate. They will also be given the skills to become more confident at handling healthy and sick employees. The initiative will be piloted in Germany with the goal of rolling it out across the Group by 2020.

You can find further information here.

Reporting against standards

In combination with data on work-related accidents, the health rate data partially covers the GRI 403-2 (Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities) GRI performance indicator. This data is also relevant for criterion 15 (Diversity and health) of the German Sustainability Code.

Occupational accidents

The number of all accidents at work and on the way to or from work increased slightly in comparison to 2016. The accident rate in Germany was 8.5 accidents (resulting in over three days of absence) per thousand employees, well below the industry average.

You can find further information in the HR Factbook by the end of May.