We want to make sustainability a component of all our business processes and of our employees’ everyday lives. Our integrated health, safety and environmental (HSE) management system assists with this at the Group level. The management system helps us to systematically plan, implement and improve our HSE processes. This promotes the health of our employees and has a positive effect on their performance. It is also beneficial when it comes to bidding on new projects, since an increasing number of potential customers now require their suppliers to provide HSE certificates.
Our Group-level HSE management system is covered by an umbrella certificate based on the international standards ISO 45001(formerly OHSAS 18001) for occupational health and safety and ISO 14001 for environmental management. For some units, it also covers international standard ISO 9001 for quality management. Some of the national companies are not covered by an umbrella certificate because they have their own certifications which are, in part, even more comprehensive. This is the case in Greece, for example. This national company has an integrated management system, which in addition to the above-mentioned standards, also covers the international standards ISO 50001 for energy management and ISO 27001 for data security. Telekom Deutschland also has an environmental certification.
Through our compliance with legal regulations, we already meet the essential requirements for ISO 45001 certification in Germany. 100 percent of our employees in Germany are employed at an ISO 14001- and ISO 45001-certified workplace. Internationally, 98 percent of employees are employed at an ISO 14001- and ISO 45001-certified workplace.
Our goal was to cover all companies that have more than 50 employees by the end of 2018. We were not able to meet this target. However, we want to further expand coverage in 2019: with certification of T-Systems Polska according to ISO 45001 and 14001 and certification of T-Systems Iberia according to ISO 45001.