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 © Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland / Markus Hertrich


Ensuring 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

The CR Council (CRC) was founded in March 2012 with the aim of advancing environmental, social and governance matters at RTL Group. In January 2016, Oliver Fahlbusch, the Group’s Executive Vice President of Communications & Marketing became its chairman.

The CRC meets several times a year to work on topics such as environmental protection, ethics and compliance, gender equality and diversity, corporate governance, and transparency – and their implications for human resources, investor relations and communications. It comprises representatives from RTL Group’s Corporate Centre with expertise in these areas.

In March 2014, RTL Group expanded its CR task force Group-wide, to create the RTL Group CR Network, which comprises CR representatives from RTL Group’s profit centres as well as the Corporate Centre. The CR Network meets once a year to share knowledge and best practice, allowing the CRC to gain a greater understanding of local initiatives while at the same time ensuring group-wide adherence to strategically important initiatives.

Following the re-organisation of RTL Group’s Corporate Centre in 2019, RTL Group will redefine its CR organisation in 2020.

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

CR across the Group

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