SDG 8 – Good workplaces
Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all – that is Sustainable Development Goal 8 of the United Nations.
Respect for human rights and protection of the environment are very important at Deutsche Telekom. We expect all of our suppliers and business partners to comply with our high standards. We use a variety of instruments and measures to monitor compliance with our specifications.
Our Supplier Code of Conduct must be accepted by all suppliers. It sets out fundamental human rights, along with our ethical, social, and ecological standards. In addition, specific sustainability criteria are checked and evaluated when selecting suppliers and products..
Our suppliers must regularly submit to internal and external sustainability reviews. A standardized auditing process is used to regularly assess the on-site working, social, and living standards, and the environmental situation, particularly for suppliers who are of strategic importance or are associated with higher risk.
We train our suppliers using specific online training modules, for example on compliance topics such as corruption prevention and anti-trust law, on human rights, and on other sustainability issues.
The Procurement Policy that includes our Supplier Code of Conduct serves as a standard for our procurement staff. It specifies all of the main sustainability principles for our suppliers – from anti-corruption to social and ecological requirements.
Members of our procurement staff receive sustainability training. In addition, we have guidelines with practical recommendations for sustainability in procurement.
We use various indicators to measure our progress – for example, how much of the procurement volume has no social or ecological risk.
The JAC has conducted 728 supplier checks since 2010. Based on the findings, we have initiated 4,732 improvement measures.
Satisfaction among employees at a supplier participating in our development program rose by 11.5 percent in 2020.