CR @ RTL Group

Our high profile and popularity put us in a unique position – we are both an opinion former and information provider for millions of people. We are aware that with this position comes great responsibility. This responsibility to our audience and to society as a whole has always been one of our key values, and has undoubtedly been one of the foundations of our success over the years. Our Corporate Responsibility strategy focusses on three topics – editorial independence, society and employees.

Editorial Independence

Ensuring high editorial standards and journalistic independence are deeply rooted in all of our news organisations. Senior management doesn’t interfere with the independence of our editorial teams. High editorial standards have become even more important in an era where news organisations are sometimes accused of publishing misleading stories and individuals post fake news on social networks.

Image description: In RTL-TVI's Face cachée, Julie Denayer and her undercover team investigate a number of controversial and taboo environments © RTL-TVI


Reflecting the diversity of our society, while protecting media users as well as intellectual property rights. We also use our profile to make a difference for disadvantaged members of society. We’re a founding member of the ‘CEO Coalition to make the internet a better place for kids’, a self-regulating initiative launched by the European Commission. And with our German channels we actively support the ‘Alliance to better protect minors online’. Both initiatives aim to address the risks minors face online, such as harmful content, conduct, and contacts.

Image description: Julian Draxler, international footballer and project patron, and Wolfram Kons, board member Stiftung RTL - Wir helfen Kindern, in the Jordanian refugee camp Zataari © RTL Deutschland / Markus Hertrich


We ensure our employees receive fair recognition, treatment and working conditions, alongside opportunities for career development. It’s also important we recruit people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including independent thinkers and go-getters – people who are passionate about their ideas. We strive to treat all employees fairly and to engage in constructive dialogue with employee representatives, particularly in the rare instances when we need to consider staff reductions.

Image description: United Screens employees © United Screens

Our Structure

Julia Reuter, Oliver Fahlbusch, Anja Reichert, Marie-Fee Taube.

At the end of 2020 RTL Group established a new RTL CR Board that brings together executives from RTL Group and RTL Deutschland. The Board meets monthly to coordinate projects in key areas such as diversity, editorial independence, content responsibility and climate protection, to develop new ideas and to ensure efficient use of the expertise in the Corporate Centre and in the Group’s largest business unit.

The CR Board also meets annually with participants from specialist departments of RTL Deutschland such as youth protection, the foundation Stiftung RTL, Communications, Facility management and RTL Group (HR, Investor Relations, Compliance).

The RTL Group CR Network, created in March 2014 and consisting of  CR representatives from RTL Group’s business units as well as the Corporate Centre,  meets once a year to share knowledge and best practice.

Through this regular and intensive exchange with the business units and relevant departments, the RTL CR Board gains insights into local initiatives and can coordinate the implementation of Group-wide projects with a focus on the priority topics.

At RTL Group, we care!

Watch the RTL Group Corporate Responsibility trailer which gives you an insight into our focus topics of Editorial Independence, Society and Employees. Because actions speak louder than words. #RTLCares

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