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Corporate Responsibility

Human rights

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As a responsible company, we are dedicated to respecting and protecting human rights.

We expressly subscribe to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which were passed by the United Nations in 2011. These principles require companies to respect human rights in their business activities.

To help us comply with these guidelines, we have created a comprehensive program for the entire Group that we use to implement these guiding principles and have initiated an ongoing process involving several interconnected tools (see illustration).

Graphic: Human rights due diligence at Deutsche Telekom


The obligation to respect human rights is integrated into Deutsche Telekom's fundamental policies - our Guiding Principles  and our Code of Human Rights & Social Principles. Guaranteeing the right to collective agreements, diversity and equal opportunity are particularly important to us. Our Employee Relations Policy and Diversity Policy play a key role in this context.

We also work to ensure the protection of human rights outside our company by expressly requiring our suppliers to take responsibility in this field.

How we assess possible impact on human rights:

All of our fully consolidated companies participate in our annual Human Rights & Social Performance Report. This report provides information on the number and nature of any violations.

A central point of contact for human rights that can be reached under the public email address People can also use our anonymous whistleblower system, which allows them to submit their information anonymously. All contact options are listed on our Tell me! whistleblower portal, the purpose of which is to resolve violations of legal regulations and internal policies. We look into all tip-offs and reports received and introduce countermeasures as soon as the information is identified as plausible.

Furthermore we implemented a group wide Human Rights Training for all our employees.