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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Association fees – the main political advocacy outlay

Active involvement in associations is the cornerstone of our political advocacy work. Accordingly, all the various membership fees (for umbrella/trade/industry associations etc.) account for the majority of our outlay in this area. To make our involvement transparent, an overview of the main fees paid in the past three years is provided below.

Category   Institution   2017   2018   2019
Annual total monetary contrebutions / donations (in EUR)   Trade Associations   < 5,000,000*)   < 5,000,000*)   < 5,000,000*)
  Political Parties   -   -   -
Largest single annual contributions (in EUR)   (Deutsche) Industrie und Handelskammer (IHK / DIHK)   -1,108,566   2,231,980   1,082,182
  Bundesverband der deutschen Industrie (BDI e.V.)   501,620   500,000   500,000
  Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände (BDA)   400,410   400,000   400,407
  Bitkom e.V.   357,830   360,000   360,000

* Trade associations are the cornerstone of the public relations activities by Deutsche Telekom. Correspondingly, total membership fees (for trade associations, industry associytions or other such groups) form the main component of the contributions in this area. The numbers for contributions to trade associations listed above (2017-2019) mean "Less than 5 mio. EUR per year" (value may vary year-on-year; this is the maximum of an approximate value). Deutsche Telekom does not make contributions, grant advantages of give benefits of any kind, directly or indirectly, to political movements or trade unions or their representatives or candidates, except as required by applicable laws and regulations