The global dimension to our commitment – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Deutsche Telekom emphatically supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are already making a contribution with many of our products, solutions, and measures. We also examine how our business activities affect the SDGs as part of our impact assessment.
Internally, we use the SDGs effectively in our communication with various units. They help us clarify how we influence society and the environment and improve our level of awareness when it comes to managing the social impact of our products and solutions.
Our transparent external reporting in relation to the SDGs has previously earned special recognition from PwC, among others.
In both this CR report and our annual report, we draw attention to our contributions to the SDGs. The relevant sections are marked with the corresponding SDG symbols. Furthermore, we also set out how our commitment to the SDGs benefits the development of Deutsche Telekom.
Our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
Various studies have come to the conclusion that 103 of all 169 sub-goals associated with the SDGs can benefit from the use of ICT . Examples include the study entitled “ICT-centric economic growth, innovation, and job creation” published in 2017 by the International Telecommunication Union and the “SMARTer2030” study launched by the GeSI initiative in 2019.
Our network infrastructure offers the technological foundation for diverse and innovative approaches to solving social and ecological challenges – and hence also for achieving many SDGs. That is why we believe we can make the biggest impact on SDG 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”
The following overview details our contribution to the SDGs and refers to specific examples from the current CR report.
Our efforts to support the SDGs also have a positive impact on our company. To highlight the various internal contributions throughout our value chain that help us support the SDGs, we have divided them into five sectors. Each sector has its own logo. These logos appear alongside the SDG symbol in both our annual report and the “Facts & figures” section of the CR report and thus clarify the correlation between the SDG contribution and the relevant internal contribution.
Deutsche Telekom’s value contributions