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2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

Additional ecological information

Water consumption KPI

As a service provider, we almost exclusively use water within the scope of our office activities. Water consumption also plays but a minor role along our supply chain. For that reason, water is not a main focal area in our CR management activities. Nevertheless, our environmental guideline does include reducing our water consumption. We measure our annual consumption by means of our water consumption indicators.

In the reporting year, Group-wide water consumption increased by 30 percent. The merger of T-Mobile US with Sprint was the main reason for this.

We provide detailed information on the figures for each individual company in our interactive benchmarking tool.

Protecting biodiversity

Our contribution to the SDGs

One major cause of species extinction is the fact that more and more space is being taken up by industry, agriculture, and transportation. As a telecommunications company, we take up significantly less space compared to companies in many other industries. However, our business activities can also impact biodiversity in other areas of our value chain – particularly our suppliers. This is why our suppliers must also comply with environmental regulations at all times. We verify this regularly during our on-site social audits.

ICT img solutions can help preserve biodiversity. Our project “Bee and Me” involves intelligent sensors that collect data from beehives and transmit it to beekeepers. The beekeeper simply needs to look at their smartphone or tablet app to find out whether the bees are healthy. They can then take action if they notice any anomalies. We set up a total of 32 bee hives at 10 sites across Germany and at 13 other sites in Europe – 15 conventional ones and 17 digital ones which are equipped with sensors. The bee hives are home to around 1.3 million bees.

We also cooperate with environmental and nature conservation organizations. Proceeds from our various cell phone collection campaigns have so far benefited the following organizations, among others: Landesbund für Vogelschutz Bayern e.V., Pro Wildlife e.V, projects for the protection of gorillas of the Frankfurt Zoological Society, and species protection projects of Hellabrunn Zoo, Munich. In 2020, proceeds totaling 10,000 euros from the cell phone collection campaign we carried out with radio station SWR3 were donated to an insect conservation project of the Lake Constance Foundation.

In 2020, electromagnetic fields img resulting from mobile communications were once again a topic of public discussion. There has been a great deal of discourse about their possible effects on animals and plants. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection has determined that there is no scientific evidence that high-frequency fields below the legal limits endanger plant and animal life.

In the fight against climate change, we support the international reforestation project of the Plant-for-the-Planet foundation. Trees store CO2, produce oxygen, regulate the water balance, provide a habitat for countless species, and thereby promote biodiversity. Many of our employees have become involved in the campaigns by donating trees or organizing tree plantings. We have combined existing projects in our “Magenta Forest” campaign and highlighted that many small gestures add up to make a big difference. Anyone can get involved, have trees planted through internet campaigns, and donate. An interactive tree counter displays the growing number of trees; donors can also have their names displayed in the “Magenta Forest”. At the end of 2020, Plant-for-the-Planet was a focus of criticism as two journalists questioned the correctness of the progress reported. We are closely monitoring the investigation process together with our partner.

Reporting against standards

 

Global Compact

  • Principle 7 (Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges)

Land use KPI

The property used by Deutsche Telekom in Germany covers most of our demands for technology, office and storage space as well as providing space for other needs. Total take-up decreased year-on-year with a total of 10,928,139 square meters of space being used due to an expansion of the data collection.


Reporting against standards

 

German Sustainability Code

  • Criterion 11 (Usage of Natural Resources)

Global Compact

  • Principle 7 (Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges)
  • Principle 8 (Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility)