Corporate responsibility and non-financial statement
- Act responsibly. Enable sustainability.
We are more than a company providing society with telecommunications infrastructure. In an ever more complex and digital world, we are a trusted adviser through every stage of life. As such, we take our responsibility for society and the environment seriously. We work systematically to minimize the potentially negative impact of our business activities while creating effective, positive impetus for sustainable change. We have been reporting transparently on our corporate responsibility (CR) activities for over 20 years. Every year – in our CR report and annual report, and on our website – we provide comprehensive information on the challenges we face and the progress we have made as a responsible company focused on sustainable action. We regularly prepare a materiality analysis to help us align our sustainability activities to the expectations of our stakeholders and structure our reporting accordingly.
We have prepared this combined non-financial statement (NFS) to fulfill our reporting obligations under the CSR Directive Implementation Act: The NFS replaces the CR section in our combined management report. We have not only considered legal requirements in selecting which topics to report on, but also based our decision on many years of experience with our materiality process. This helps us ensure we fulfill our stakeholders’ expectations. The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG has reviewed the content of the NFS with the support of PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft (independent auditor) in the form of a limited assurance engagement. The audit was based on the International Standards on Assurance Engagements ISAE 3000 (revised). Unless stated otherwise, all disclosures in the NFS apply in equal measure to the Group and the parent company. To avoid repetitions within our management report, we refer to further information provided in other sections wherever relevant. References to disclosures not contained in the combined management report are provided as background information; these disclosures are not part of the NFS and thus are not covered by the review. In addition, this year we once again explain how our core business contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda. In the reporting year, we received the Building Public Trust Award for best integrated reporting on the SDGs. Relevant passages in the management report are marked with the respective SDG symbol. With the publication of our 2017 CR report in April 2018, we will continue to use a proven format to fulfill our stakeholders’ expectations of transparency, basing our work on the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In the reporting year, our CR report once again received the Platinum Econ Award for outstanding reporting. The concepts described in this NFS are in line with this longstanding reporting tradition and make reference to the GRI Standards.