‘Life is for Sharing’ —
this is who we are, and this is what we stand for.

Timotheus Höttges CEO Deutsche Telekom

Dear readers2016 was a successful year for Deutsche Telekom. We continued to invest heavily and, once again, have grown strongly. At the same time, we maintain our ambition to be the lead­ing telecommunications provider in Europe. This also applies to our role as a responsible company. In geopolitical terms, 2016 was full of turmoil and unrest. A year of iso­lationism in which all too many em­phasized that what separates people from each other and not what unites them. I believe this development is wrong, in principle, given the many global challenges we are all facing: be it climate change, the global pros­perity gap, the refugee crisis or cy­ber security.

I am convinced that these chal­lenges can only be resolved through mutual cooperation. Our corporate actions are based on this principle: “Life is for sharing” — this is who we are, and this is what we stand for. We will not stand for hate or isolation­ism. Instead, our networks create connections between people. They overcome boundaries. They pro­mote sharing. And they contribute to the creation of communities. In 2016, there were some positive signals for cross-border coopera­tion: on January 1, 2016, the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Develop­ment Goals (SDGs) came into force. In November, the climate conference in Marrakesh ratified the two-degree target the international community agreed upon a year earlier in Paris. Just like with many other challenges, it is important that everyone works together to achieve these ambitious goals: politics, civil society and economy.

I firmly believe that digitization pro­vides an effective tool to reach our common goals. It offers new oppor­tunities to shape our coexistence on this planet. After all, digital tech­nologies are based on the idea that boundaries can be overcome. And they are key for sustainable devel­opment. They can contribute, for instance, toward reducing green­house gases, conserving resources and improving health care. Just one example: due to improved capacity utilization, our highly secure and en­ergy-efficient data centers require less hardware and up to 80 percent less energy than would be needed if customers operated this infrastruc­ture individually.

But digitization goes hand in hand with data protection and security. We are especially committed to this area as we are developing solutions for secure e-mail traffic, protection against espionage for smartphones, solutions against cyber attacks or educating about risks and protec­tion options.

Already, many of our products, ser­vices and activities contribute to greater sustainability. We are ac­counting for this process with our CR Report ( And we demonstrate specific progress made in reaching our sus­tainability targets.

Our philosophy: as a leading tele­communications provider, we take our social responsibility seriously — today more than ever. With this in mind, I would like to emphasize our commitment to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the German Sustainability Code.