Our Commitment to Citizenship
“Our commitment to citizenship is brought to life by the work we do in serving communities, championing the growth of our people, and meeting our commitment to responsible business policies and practices.” –Steve Ballmer
This past year we took the first bold steps in our transformation to a devices and services company. In July 2013, we declared that Microsoft’s focus will be to create a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most.
Fiscal Year 2013 was a pivotal year for Microsoft — and that was reflected in our citizenship work. This report describes that work and shares our vision for what lies ahead. Published at the same time as our annual financial report, it provides a full accounting of our citizenship priorities and performance.
- Our 30th employee giving campaign, in which the company matches employee financial and volunteer contributions. In Fiscal Year 2013, Microsoft and its employees gave more than $100 million to over 18,000 nonprofits worldwide, and surpassed $1 billion of total contributions since our first campaign in 1983.
- The launch of Microsoft YouthSpark, a global initiative to connect hundreds of millions of youth with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. In its first year, YouthSpark empowered more than 100 million youth in over 100 countries.
- Through Technology for Good, we donated $795 million in software to more than 70,000 nonprofits. We also developed a program to donate Office 365 to nonprofits in 41 countries and help them better serve their communities.
- To address climate change, we met our goal of carbon neutrality by establishing an internal carbon fee to guide responsible choices and practices that help us minimize our environmental footprint.
- We enhanced our transparency practices by releasing our first report of law enforcement requests for Microsoft account user data. This report detailed the number of data requests we received from official legal entities, the number of requests we granted, and the rigor of our review process for each request.
You can download the report here to read about how our citizenship commitments and actions continue to make significant contributions to business and society, and support our mission to empower people and organizations throughout the world to realize their full potential.