Working Responsibly

At Microsoft, how we work is just as important as the devices and services we offer.

Principled, accountable, and transparent business practices

At Microsoft, we believe that good corporate citizenship starts at home and that how we work is just as important as all that we do to support our local communities. We work across our business to be a responsible partner to those who place their trust in us. Knowing that our behavior affects all of our stakeholders (including customers, shareholders, employees, communities, suppliers, and partners), we seek to ensure their voices are considered in decisions we make. Our engagements range from consulting leading human rights experts to parents concerned about the online safety of their children.

We align our work with internationally recognized priorities and frameworks, such as the United Nations Guidelines on Business and Human Rights and the United Nations Global Compact. To allow our stakeholders to understand our policies, practices, and performance, we base our Citizenship reporting with the standards provided by the Global Reporting Initiative.

Finally we recognize that many issues are too large and complex for any one organization to solve itself and have helped form a number of partnerships to advance responsible practices across our industry, including the Global Network Initiative and the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition.

Principled Business Practices

In meeting our responsibilities as a global corporate citizen, Microsoft seeks to develop principled, pragmatic business approaches to challenging issues.

  • Human Rights: Our commitment to respect fundamental rights reflects our company mission to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.
  • Responsible Sourcing: We ask our suppliers to uphold the high standards of Citizenship to which we hold ourselves.
  • Environmental Sustainability: We seek to unlock innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations, products and services and to help others use the power of technology to address sustainability challenges.
  • Integrity & Governance: We are committed to growing our business in and ethical and responsible way and in compliance with applicable laws and regulatory requirements.
  • Political Engagement: We seek to ensure that our participation in the political process takes place in the light of day and for reasons that are clear and justifiable to our shareholders and the public.
  • Our People: We are proud our commitment to employees has led to Microsoft being widely cited as one of the best places to work in the world.
Human Rights

Human Rights

See the many ways we are using technology to promote human rights globally.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable and efficient business practices dramatically reduce our carbon footprint.

Political engagement

Political Engagement

Microsoft and our employees participate in the public policy process in the US in a variety of ways.