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Telekom
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 22

Sustainability summary

Deutsche Telekom has achieved the D-label. According to us, with this score, the brand has started to take sustainability into account, but a lot more can be done. The brand could get a higher score by improving its reporting on the use of renewable energy, by further reducing its climate footprint and by specifying information on its environmental policy for its product offering and procurement.

Brand owner: Deutsche Telekom
Head office: Bonn, Germany
Sector: Telecom
Categories : Internet, Telephony
Free Tags: Telekom group, T-Mobile, Magenta

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Telekom sustainability score report

Last edited: 9 February 2017 by RSM - Students
Last reviewed: 9 February 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 13
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Deutsche Telekom implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as implementing projects for energy efficiency and renewable energy (see link, pages 124-137). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Deutsche Telekom publicly reports its Scope 1 & 2 climate footprint. In 2014, it had a total footprint of 3.644,942 tons Co2, compared to 3.467,422 millions tons Co2 in 2015. This represents a decrease of only around 5% (see link, pages 151 & 152). Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Deutsche Telekom has set a target to reduce the climate emissions by 20% by 2020, but this is compared to 2008, and excludes T-mobile US (see link, page 151). Source
4. Is at least 5% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Deutsche Telekom reports on the use of renewable energy for heating and electricity. Its actual share, sources, types and additional of supply are not clear enough specified however (see link, pages 147-149, see also link at next question, 'Climate Change 2016 Response', under CC11.4 & CC11.5). Source
5. Is at least 10% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
6. Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
7. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
8. Is at least 75% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
9. Is all the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
10. Does the brand (company) generate its own renewable energy through eg solar panels or wind mills? Deutsche Telekom has installed photovoltaic systems at around 307 of its sites and plans to increase this to 600 (see link, page 131). Source
11. Is the average Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of the brand's (company's) data centers below 1,4? Deutsche Telekom reports an average PUE of 1.63 across its datacenters for 2015 (see link, page 128). Source
12. Is the average Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of the brand's (company's) data centers below 1,25? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 11. Source
13. Do all new products of the brand meet the latest energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? It is not clear whether all of Deutsche Telekom AG's products meet the Energy Star requirements. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 6
1. Does the brand have a concrete environmental policy for its product offering? Deutsche Telekom reports on a sustainable sourcing program which includes environmental standards, such as related to waster water management. But, clear enough information about the scope of its environmental standards are not yet published (see link, page 116-122, and link at next question). Source
2. Does the brand have a concrete environmental procurement policy for all electronics used in company operations? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Has the brand (company) a take back program and is the take back recycling rate higher than 5% of the weight of the annually products sold? Deutsche Telekom AG runs initiatives to collect old cell-phones. For 2015 the ratio of phones collected (in thousands) / number of customers (in million) in Germany was at 5,7%. For its internal operations this is not specified however (see link, page 163 & 164). Source
4. Does the brand (company) inform its customers on the sustainability performances of the offered products? Deutsche Telekom AG implements several respective measures, but does not yet clearly inform its customers on the sustainability performances of its offered products (see link, page 42 & 66). Source
5. Does the brand encourage consumers to use hardware appliance longer? Deutsche Telekom recommends to give old smartphones to friends or family. But, aside offering a renting program for the routers and media receivers to help extend the average usage time of these products no other actual measures are implemented to help customers using devices such as smartphones, tablets etc. longer (see link, page 39). Source
6. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Deutsche Telekom implements several measures to minimize the environmental impact of its generated waste, such as collecting old devices from its customers for recycling. Furthermore, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are made public (pages 134-136 & 165). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 out of 3
1. Does the brand have a concrete social standards policy for its product offering? Deutsche Telekom reports on social policy measures implemented in its supply chain. Thereby aspects like labour standards and conditions at production facilities, a conflict minerals policy, membership at an MSI like CFSI and reporting on audit results for 2015 are clearly specified (see link, page 116-122, and link at next question). Source
2. Does the brand have a concrete socially responsible procurement policy for all electronics used in company operations? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Deutsche Telekom AG does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers on its website. Source