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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Many players, one goal: forum on sustainability in supply chains

In January 2017 the Joint Audit img Cooperation (JAC) organized a dialog event in Xi’an, China. About 130 representatives from ICT img companies, international NGOs, CR organizations, auditing firms as well as the world of science discussed how to promote the development of a more sustainable supply chain for ICT products. They especially focused on the supply chain aspects of working hours/wages, health and safety, the environment, and ethics. JAC is an alliance of currently 17 telecommunications providers; Deutsche Telekom is a founding member.

Among other things, the following results were achieved at the event:

  • JAC member companies and suppliers should commit to going beyond merely fulfilling minimum requirements in order to empower management and employees on site to drive improvements.
  • Cooperation between the JAC, suppliers, and local authorities offers opportunities to train employees and management in regard to realistic and understandable sustainability goals.
  • During audits, more focus should be placed on aspects such as social dialogue with stakeholders.