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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Sustainability standards

UN Global Compact – Communication on Progress

This CR report also serves as a CoP (communication on progress) from Deutsche Telekom as part of the United Nations Global Compact. The table refers to the text passages in which we provide information about our commitment to implementing the ten principles of the Global Compact in this CR report and in other Group publications, thereby also meeting the expanded Global Compact Advanced criteria.

German Sustainability Code

Each year, as part of its Corporate Responsibility report, Deutsche Telekom publishes a comprehensive declaration of conformity with the German Sustainability Code. The German Sustainability Code aims to make companies’ commitment to sustainability transparent and comparable under a binding framework.

Deutsche Telekom’s declarations of conformity for 2019 will be set out here.

The German Sustainability Code was approved by the federal government’s Council for Sustainable Development. Deutsche Telekom was one of the first companies to accede to the Sustainability Code.

Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitskodex


The 2019 CR Report of Deutsche Telekom was created in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines and in compliance with the "Core" option.

In the GRI content index below we refer to content pertaining to general and specific standard disclosures and explain this content when necessary. The standard disclosures are based on the very relevant aspects identified in our materiality process. Selected content from different action areas and information on the materiality process was subjected to an assurance engagement and are identified with a  in the index. The index also contains links and explanations to other GRI aspects that are included in the report.

GRI 102: General Disclosures

Organization profile

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Name of the organization
Primary brands, products and services

There were no prohibitions on products and/or services in any countries in 2019.

    Countries where the organization operates
    G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form
    Total workforce

    In Germany, 14 percent of employees under collective agreements and 18.5 percent of civil servants at Deutsche Telekom took advantage of part-time models (as at December 31, 2019). In addition, a total of 29 executives throughout Germany were working part-time (as at December 31, 2019).

    Supply chain
    Precautionary Principle

    Risk management, compliance management, and the ESG KPIs provide approaches for preventive action at Deutsche Telekom.

    Memberships of associations and advocacy organizations

    Due to reasons of confidentiality, it is not possible to list our memberships and collaborations based on strategic aspects. Our policy on political advocacy applies to our involvement in committees and associations.


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    Governance structure
    Delegating authority
    Responsibility for sustainability topics
    Selection processes for the highest governance body and its committees

    All skills and abilities required and useful in effectively enacting the responsibilities of a position are taken into consideration during the selection process. The requirements of a position are identified using a skills list. The selection process is conducted by the Supervisory Board, which acts in the interests of stakeholders and shareholders.

      Stakeholder engagement

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      Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements

      Collective bargaining plays an important role and has a long tradition at our company, a fact made clear by the percentage of employees covered by collective agreements. As of December 31, 2019, some 73.4 percent of employees in Germany were covered by collective agreements. Group-wide this number was 52.3 percent.

        Identification and selection of stakeholders

        We work with various feedback formats that are difficult to classify due to their variety. Because we have informal discussions with our stakeholders at dialog events, the feedback cannot be broken down according to the stakeholder groups.

        Approach to Stakeholder Engagement

        We work with various feedback formats that are difficult to classify due to their variety. Because we have informal discussions with our stakeholders at dialog events, the feedback cannot be broken down according to the stakeholder groups.

        Key topics and concerns raised by stakeholders

        Identified material aspects and boundaries

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        Entities included in the consolidated financial statements
        Restatements of Information

        There was no cause to restate information within the reporting period.

          Changes in Reporting

          There were no changes in reporting in the reporting period.