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2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

Updated Employee Relations Policy

The Group-wide Employee Relations Policy (ERP) sets out 12 core elements describing what Deutsche Telekom stands for worldwide as an employer. It outlines our commitment to trust-based collaboration with employee representatives as well as topics such as employee health, fair pay, or a ban on discrimination. The ERP is a framework that employees throughout the Group can refer to. Its aim is to enable them to contribute individually to the company’s goals and enhance shareholder value. The framework refers to our “Code of Human Rights & Social Principles” and explains which tools we use to ensure compliance.

In 2020, we revised and updated the ERP and had it approved by the Board of Management in December. The basic character and core content remained unchanged. Because the working world and our processes have changed since 2011, however, we have added topics such as digitalization, freedom of opinion, and virtual working. The new version of the policy addresses the following topics:

  • Values
  • Recruitment and development
  • Responsible management of organizational change
  • Healthcare, safety and sustainability
  • Remuneration and recognition
  • Work-life balance
  • Virtual working
  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Ban on discrimination
  • Commitment and communication
  • Collaboration with employee representatives

We monitor compliance with the ERP as part of a regular review process. If the review indicates that our voluntary commitments are not adequately implemented, we follow up on these indications and initiate corrective measures. We publish reviews on the reports of our national companies on our Group portal under “Responsible Employer