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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Supplier compliance

We have also drawn up a Code of Conduct for our suppliers to place them under an obligation to uphold the principles and values anchored in our Code of Conduct and in the “Code of Human Rights & Social Principles.” We expect our suppliers to impose the same requirements on their subcontractors, too. Deutsche Telekom suppliers are also under the obligation to do everything necessary to prevent active and passive forms of corruption.

The Supplier Code of Conduct forms part of our General Terms and Conditions for Purchasing, but does not, of course, replace the laws and regulations of countries in which our suppliers operate. Rather, it is designed to facilitate compliance with these laws and regulations and ensure that they are implemented faithfully and effectively. Since 2014, we have offered online compliance training for our suppliers.

We select our business partners in line with compliance criteria, and conduct risk-oriented compliance business assessments for this purpose. Besides customers and suppliers, this also concerns consultants (Consultant Policy), sales agents, development partners, and joint venture partners.