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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Sustainable investment at Deutsche Telekom

Our contribution to the SDGs

We apply our sustainability principles to the assets held in the Deutsche Telekom Pension Fund too. We have pursued a sustainable investment strategy for the selection of these capital assets since 2013. Besides financial aspects, we also factor in ecological and social principles and guidelines for good corporate governance. This encompasses:

  • Targeted efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals img (SDGs) by exercising our rights to have a say in decisions as a shareholder
  • General ban on all investments in companies that manufacture or do business with “controversial weapons” (e.g., anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions, nuclear weapons, biological or chemical weapons)
  • Ban on investments in companies that have repeatedly violated the principles of the UN Global Compact

Our best-in-class approach:

  • Selected investment managers with ESG img expertise make targeted investments in companies that are the best in their sector in terms of sustainability performance
  • We aspire to reconcile attractive profit expectations with sustainable values

We live up to our fiduciary responsibility toward our employees regarding capital investment by investing in stable values. Above and beyond this, we strive to avoid reputational risks and minimize major risks of loss.

The sustainable capital investment strategy for the Deutsche Telekom Pension Fund received praise from experts in 2019, when we came second in the “ESG Implementation” category at the Institutional Assets Awards organized by the specialist publishing house of German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The award recognizes successful investment strategies that have been implemented in a particularly coherent manner.

Since 2019, Deutsche Telekom’s capital investments (DT Trust) have also been geared toward ecological and social standards. The DT Trust is based on the criteria for Norway’s Government Pension Fund (“Norges”). Among other things, companies that violate human rights, manufacture certain weapons, or whose core business is considered harmful to the environment are excluded.

We are currently drawing up further sustainable finance models in a joint project involving the Corporate Responsibility and Treasury units.