Before doing business with us, every supplier must initially register in our supplier pool. Those who do are fully informed of Deutsche Telekom’s fundamental principles and values regarding corporate responsibility and sustainability.
As a rule, we use a three-step approach to minimize risks and encourage our suppliers to improve their practices.
Leading up to the supplier evaluation, we rate our categories as critical or non-critical based on risk and opportunity (classification).
We classify products based on risk and opportunity analyses, taking into consideration a wide range of sustainability aspects and risks, including risks of forced/child labor or environmental pollution, as well as opportunities such as the potential to reduce energy consumption.
Our suppliers’ sustainability performance is optimized in our Supplier Development Program (in close cooperation with selected suppliers), at the JAC Academy, and in regularly held workshops.
Workshops cover topics such as:
In 2018, we reached a major milestone when our supplier development program was adopted by the ICT association GeSi and carried forward throughout the industry under the name “Sustainable Development Program.” The advantage of this is that the program is now also used by other companies and their suppliers, meaning it is not just our own supply chain that is becoming more sustainable.