In 2014 we became the first DAX company to develop a training program to prepare employees for supervisory board positions. The program was developed in collaboration with the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) . We are particularly interested in encouraging women to take on supervisory board positions. In addition to information on the traditional activities of supervisory board members, the training also gives insight into practical experiences presented by supervisory board members, case studies from the Group, and a simulated supervisory board meeting. So far we have trained a total of 64 potential supervisory board members, around half of whom work at business units outside of Germany. Ten women who have completed the program were appointed to a Deutsche Telekom supervisory board.
A more extensive workshop for former program participants took place in Berlin in October 2017. They were trained in various subjects such as corporate governance, cyber security, and startup investments as well as ethical matters.