In 2018, 120 companies reaffirmed their commitment to the ten principles of Deutsche Telekom's "Code of Human Rights and Social Principles".
All companies declared their conformity with the Code in a declaration of compliance. confirming that there were no violations of the Code or the Principles for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2018 The process makes a significant contribution to raising management awareness of this important issue and raising awareness of possible problems.
The UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights demand, that the effects of their own business activities on human rights should be systematically identified and negative consequences prevented, mitigated or, if necessary, made up. In order to meet these requirements, we have developed a comprehensive program for the implementation of the guiding principles for our entire Group and introduced an ongoing process consisting of several interlinked measures and instruments. The program includes awareness raising, a complaints mechanism, a risk and impact analysis, and reporting.
In the "Code of Human Rights and Social Principles", Deutsche Telekom AG recognizes and guarantees human rights on the basis of international guidelines. The Code comprises ten principles relating to diversity, freedom of expression and assembly, human trafficking, forced labor, slavery, child labor, discrimination, violence, compensation, continuing education, occupational health and safety, environmental protection and sustainability.
Additional questions related to implementation and compliance with the "Code of Human Rights & Social Principles" are also addressed.