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2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

Crossing borders: Worldwide cooperation for compliance

Different legal practices and cultural values in the countries where Deutsche Telekom is active represent a significant compliance challenge for us. The increasingly dynamic development of global markets, the emergence of new, digital business models, and intensified international competition also influence our compliance strategy.

In line with the Group’s international orientation, we discuss strategic compliance issues with an internal international compliance advisory team twice a year. In 2020, compliance officers from the largest and/or strategically most significant international units shared with Group Compliance Management in online conferences due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual International Compliance Days were likewise not held in-person in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Monthly international Compliance WebEx video conferences were held in their place. Strategic projects were presented and experiences from compliance activities at our international units exchanged. Topics included “Being Agile and Compliant,” “Digital Ethics” and “Corporate Strategy”.

We also exchange ideas with national and international organizations and experts on compliance issues, among other things. In addition, we regularly promote the further development of compliance standards and management systems through specialist presentations, publications, and other contributions.