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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

Commitment to increasing the number of women in managerial positions

Our contribution to the SDGs

Our goal is to have women occupy at least 30 percent of positions in middle and upper management. To this end, we have initiated numerous measures: expansion of our work-life balance offer by means of parental leave models, flexible working hours, and childcare programs, a mentoring program for supervisory board candidates, targeted recruiting of female talent, for example through the Talents@Telekom talent platform, and many other support and networking options. For instance, the first Telekom hackathon for women in the field of artificial intelligence was held in November. Around 50 programmers, data scientists and graphic designers from throughout Europe came to Berlin for two days to refine their prototypes. The event was initiated by a group of women from the Women@Telekom network.

Our diverse range of measures has allowed us to continuously increase the share of women in management positions – from 19 percent in 2010 to 40 percent on December 31, 2018. With 25.4 percent on the Group’s Supervisory Board, we have surpassed both our own goal as well as the statutory gender quota introduced in Germany on January 1, 2016. Our quota for women, which we want to achieve by the end of 2020, also applies to the two levels beneath Board of Management level, the management of the national companies, and the internal supervisory boards in Germany. With these efforts, we are significantly surpassing the statutory regulations in effect in Germany since 2015.