At Microsoft, we have created a culture of accountability through our core values and codes of conduct. These help govern our business practices, guide our employees in their professional decisions and interactions, and define Microsoft as a responsible industry leader and a good corporate citizen.
As a US-based company, we comply with, or exceed, governance codes used in the United States.
Microsoft Office of Legal Compliance
The Office of Legal Compliance (OLC) supervises the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of effective and collaborative compliance and governance programs. As part of this, the OLC distributes a "newspaper of record" that covers corporate policy and training announcements. This is sent to every full-time Microsoft employee around the world.
Worldwide Compliance Network
To facilitate the Microsoft Business Conduct and Compliance program, the OLC partnered with the Sales, Marketing, and Services Group (SMSG) Finance organization to further define a multidisciplinary, global compliance committee structure and processes.
The structure includes a worldwide SMSG committee that is responsible for overseeing the regional compliance committees, such as those in Latin America (Latam), North America, Asia Pacific (APAC), Japan, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). There are also local compliance committees in select geographies. The committees include representatives from Human Resources, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Finance, and SMSG Finance.
The compliance committees are charged with working with the Office of Legal Compliance to:
- Increase global awareness of the compliance program.
- Help develop and implement of legal and compliance education programs and initiatives.
- Ensure employee awareness of changes to corporate policy.
- Provide oversight for regional investigative matters.
- Collaborate with the Office of Legal Compliance on its ongoing risk-assessment obligations.
Employees, partners, customers, or others outside the company who have concerns about compliance or Microsoft business practices can report their concerns to the Office of Legal Compliance.