Corporate Governance report.
In the following text, the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board report on corporate governance at Deutsche Telekom AG in accordance with Section 3.10 of the German Corporate Governance Code. This Corporate Governance Report is published in conjunction with the Corporate Governance Statement in accordance with § 289a HGB, which is published on Deutsche Telekom’s website.
Sound, systematic corporate governance is particularly important for an international group such as Deutsche Telekom AG with its numerous subsidiaries and associated companies. The Company complies with national provisions such as the recommendations of the Government Commission for a German Corporate Governance Code, as well as with international standards. The Supervisory Board and the Board of Management are convinced that sound corporate governance, taking company and industry-specific issues into account, is an important building block for the future success of Deutsche Telekom AG. Accordingly, responsibility for compliance with the principles of sound corporate governance is vested in senior management.
In the 2013 financial year, the Board of Management and Supervisory Board once again carefully examined the corporate governance of Deutsche Telekom AG and the Deutsche Telekom Group as well as the contents of the German Corporate Governance Code. During the reporting period just ended, as in prior years, Deutsche Telekom AG again fulfilled all of the Code’s recommendations. The Supervisory Board and Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG therefore released an unqualified Declaration of Conformity with the German Corporate Governance Code on December 30, 2013:
Declaration of Conformity pursuant to § 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz – AktG).
I. The Supervisory Board and Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG hereby declare that, in the period since submission of the most recent Declaration of Conformity pursuant to § 161 AktG on December 30, 2012, Deutsche Telekom AG has complied with the recommendations of the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code announced by the Federal Ministry of Justice on June 15, 2012 in the official section of the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger), without exception.
II. The Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG hereby declare further that Deutsche Telekom AG has complied with the recommendations of the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code, published by the Federal Ministry of Justice in the official section of the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) on June 10, 2013, without exception.
The Declaration of Conformity can be found on the Deutsche Telekom website. This website also provides access to the Declarations of Conformity from previous years.
Cooperation between the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management. The Supervisory Board and the Board of Management work closely together for the good of the Company and maintain regular contact. The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG holds four regular meetings a year. In 2013 there were also four extraordinary meetings and one in-depth conference on the strategic alignment of the Company. The Board of Management keeps the Supervisory Board fully and regularly informed in good time in particular on corporate strategy, planning, business developments, the risk situation, risk management, compliance, and any deviations in the business developments from original plans, as well as significant business transactions involving the Company and significant subsidiaries and associates. The Board of Management regularly submits written and oral reports. The reporting obligations of the Board of Management have been specified by the Supervisory Board and go beyond statutory requirements. The activities of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board are specified in separate Rules of Procedure. Those that govern the Board of Management provide guidance on its schedule of responsibilities and the majorities required for resolutions, among other issues. The Chairmen of the two Boards exchange information regularly.
Composition of the Board of Management. In accordance with the Board of Management’s schedule of responsibilities, there are seven Board departments: the department of the Chairman of the Board of Management; Finance; Human Resources; Data Privacy, Legal Affairs and Compliance; T-Systems; Germany; and Europe and Technology. Each Board of Management member is authorized to manage the spheres of responsibility allocated to him/her. Certain matters are subject to approval by the full Board of Management. Furthermore, every Board member can submit matters to the full Board of Management for decision. As a rule, members of the Board of Management should not be older than 62 years of age (standard age limit).
Composition of the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG consists of twenty members, ten representing the shareholders and ten representing the employees. The Supervisory Board members representing the shareholders are elected by the shareholders’ meeting by simple majority. As in previous years, elections to the Supervisory Board were held for individual members at the last shareholders’ meeting on May 16, 2013. The five-year terms of office of the individual Supervisory Board members representing the shareholders end on different dates. This ensures continuity in terms of the Supervisory Board’s composition. The Supervisory Board members representing employees were most recently elected by the employees at the delegates’ assembly on November 26, 2013, according to the provisions of the German Codetermination Act (Mitbestimmungsgesetz – MitbestG) and appointments to the committees of the Supervisory Board made accordingly.