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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.

Telekom  supports the UN LGBT+ Standards of Conduct for Business

Deutsche Telekom AG supports the United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBT+, + Plus sign stands for not excluding anyone ) people. “We are promoting an environment of mutual respect, tolerance and diversity. We stand up for human rights and promote openness and understanding in a digitalized and networked world. I am very pleased that we have adopted the UN's global LGBT+ Standards of Conduct for business,” said Birgit Klesper, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility.

Since 2000, Deutsche Telekom AG has been a member of the UN Global Compact, and is expressly committed to the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. “In joining 240 of the early supporters of the UN Global LGBT+ Standards for Business, Deutsche Telekom is sending a powerful signal to the ICT industry and beyond. As a responsible company, Deutsche Telekom is dedicated to respecting and protecting human rights including those of LGBT+ people.” said Fabrice Houdart, United Nations Human Rights Officer and co-author of the Standards. MagentaPride, the Group's LGBT+ employee network, is proud that Deutsche Telekom expressing its engagement to human rights by drawing the standards of conduct for business - tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans, & intersex people.

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. This human rights training includes topics such as information on human rights, how to behave in the event of human rights violations, freedom of expression, anti-discrimination and many other topics.

Employee Relations Policy