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2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

Association fees – the main political advocacy outlay

Active involvement in associations is the cornerstone of our political advocacy work. Accordingly, all the various membership fees (for umbrella/trade/industry associations) account for the majority of our outlay in this area. To make our involvement transparent, an overview of the main fees paid in the past three years is provided below.

Category   Institution   2018   2019   2020
Annual total monetary contributions/donations (in EUR)   Trade associations   < 5,000,000*)   < 5,000,000*)   < 5,000,000*)
  Political parties   -   -   -
Largest single annual contributions (in EUR)   (Deutsche) Industrie und Handelskammer (IHK/DIHK)   2,231,980   1,082,182   896,506
  Bundesverband der deutschen Industrie (BDI e.V.)   500,000   500,000   500,000
  Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände (BDA)   400,000   400,407   400,410
  Bitkom e.V.   360,000   360,000   360,000

* The numbers for contributions to trade associations listed above mean “less than 5 million euros per year” (value may vary year-on-year; this is the maximum approximate value). Deutsche Telekom does not make contributions, grant advantages or give benefits of any kind, directly or indirectly, to political parties, political movements, or trade unions or their representatives or candidates, except as required by applicable laws and regulations.