The European Commission has published human rights guidance for three business sectors - employment and recruitment agencies, oil and gas as well as Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
The guides have been developed on behalf of the European Commission by Shift (an independent, non-profit center for business and human rights practice) and the Institute for Human Rights and Business (a global center of excellence and expertise on the relationship between business and internationally proclaimed human rights standards). Deutsche Telekom is currently looking through the relevant guide for the ICT sector in greater detail and will include knowledge and recommendations in the ongoing human rights due diligence process. Group-wide regulations Respecting human rights is part of the fabric of Deutsche Telekom and a principle that is entrenched at our company worldwide. Our Code of Conduct stipulates our requirements for ethical conduct. The Social Charter adopted in 2003 defines group-wide regulations on how to deal with employees and suppliers. The Charter is based on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact , the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Contact point and Social Performance Report In November 2012 we set-up a point of contact for human rights inquiries addressed to Deutsche Telekom, which lies with the function of Head of Group Relations Management International. Deutsche Telekom also publishes an annual social performance report in which we assess all of our Group companies' compliance with the provisions set forth in the Social Charter. Compliance with the Social Charter We added two special questions on the observance of internationally recognized human rights to our annual survey for the 2012 report. None of the responses indicated any non-compliance with the Social Charter. For further details on the sector guide, please follow the links on the top right.