On July 8, there will be a premiere for us: 150 colleagues will represent Deutsche Telekom during Cologne’s Christopher Street Day for the first time. This makes us one of the largest groups in the parade through the city.
Diversity is an important issue for us. A glance at the figures shows that: People from around 150 nations work together successfully in our company. Many of our colleagues are involved in various aspects of diversity, for example in initiatives such as "queerbeet", the network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual employees. Altogether there are about 15 networks focusing on different key aspects - from "radio amateurs" to the topic "work-life".
The women's networks are particularly well represented. They have established themselves in the Group thanks to their great commitment. Gender equality is also of special concern to us: Worldwide, 30 percent of management positions in middle and upper management are to be filled by women. At the end of 2017, we had already 25.4 percent of female leaders on our Group Supervisory Board.
Diversity is also an integral part of training and advanced vocational education: "Unconscious prejudices" has been regularly discussed in workshops and seminars since 2015.
We are a founding member of the "Diversity Charter" and have also anchored our commitment to diversity in our internal rules: in our guidelines, our Employee Relations Policy and in the "Human Rights Code & Social Principles".
We at Deutsche Telekom are convinced that diversity helps us in global competition and promotes creativity and innovation.
And that's why we are taking part in this year's Christopher Street Day as a company!
Further information can be found in our CR Report.