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Two companies, one standard: New supplier code for the BuyIn joint venture

One of the goals of the BuyIn procurement joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Orange is to ensure a sustainable supply chain. To this end, both companies introduced a joint Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) in 2017. It specifies joint principles and values in the corporate responsibility area and sets forth strict ethical, social, ecological, and human rights expectations and requirements for suppliers.

This Code can obviously not replace the laws and regulations of countries where our suppliers are active. Rather, its aim is to facilitate compliance with these laws and regulations and guarantee that they are implemented faithfully and effectively. As of July 2017, the Code applies to all procurement activities of Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and the BuyIn joint venture, that is:

  • All current contracts (new contracts)
  • Contract changes such as extensions and additional negotiations
  • Project negotiations (based on framework contracts of all types – except catalog call-offs)
  • Individual orders

The Supplier Code is a fixed component of the General Terms and Conditions/General Terms and Conditions for Purchasing. All new suppliers must accept it within the scope of the supplier onboarding process.