Corporate Responsibility

Human Rights and Social Performance Report 2019

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The UN's guiding principles for business and human rights demand that companies systematically identify the human rights impacts of their own business activities and prevent, mitigate or, if necessary, remedy any negative consequences.

In order to meet these requirements, Deutsche Telekom AG has developed a comprehensive program for the entire Group to implement the Guiding Principles and has introduced an ongoing process comprising several interlocking measures and instruments. Have you become curious? Here you will find comprehensive information on our human rights due diligence process.

An important instrument is our "Code of Human Rights and Social Principles". These include a commitment of Deutsche Telekom to ethical impeccable activities. As part of this responsibility we see the topics 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. With the code we confess to the International Bill of Human Rights, the ILO Core Conventions, the OECD Guidelines, the Global Compact, the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises, the Social Policy and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our Code of Human Rights and Social Principles is a guideline for all employees, investors, customers and suppliers.

To review our "Code of Human Rights and Social Principles", we create a central Human Rights and Social Performance Report every year: In 2019, 117 companies and six Joint Ventures from 29 different countries were surveyed. All the companies surveyed stated that they comply with the principles of “Code of Human Rights and Social Principles”. For 2019, the report shows no violations.

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Human rights

The obligation to respect human rights is integrated into Deutsche Telekom's fundamental policies.