"Microsoft is working with our partners, customers, governments, and leading environmental
organizations to bring the power of information technology and cloud computing to
address the world's environmental challenges." - Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental
Technology can help create a more sustainable future. Microsoft is pioneering new
ways technology can help us make our own operations leaner and more energy efficient.
We’re also working with customers, governments and others around the world to help
them apply our products and services to solving some of the world’s toughest environmental
Recognizing that environmental leadership begins at home, we’ve instituted a carbon
fee to help us achieve our carbon neutrality commitment by making environmental
sustainability part of everyday business decisions. We also continue to work to
reduce the environmental impact of our products and services.
Please visit Microsoft
Environment for comprehensive information on our environmental efforts including
the environmental profile of our products, how we're addressing our carbon footprint
and other environmental aspects of our operations, and ways we're working with partners
and customers to apply technology solutions to environmental challenges.
Microsoft environmental principles
Microsoft follows strict policies to ensure that the company remains in full compliance
with international environmental regulations and the specific environmental requirements
of each country/region where we do business. Microsoft actively works to protect
our natural resources by doing the following:
- Conserving, reusing, and recycling. When it is feasible, Microsoft
conserves natural resources by using recycled materials and supplies, efficiently
using energy, and participating in recycling programs for Microsoft products after
they have served their useful life. Microsoft encourages and supports the sustainable
use of renewable natural resources.
- Reducing and disposing of waste. Microsoft reduces and where
possible eliminates waste through source reduction and recycling at company facilities.
All waste is safely and responsibly handled and disposed of.
- Developing safe and sustainable products. Microsoft develops,
manufactures, and markets products that are safe for their intended use. Our environmental
policies and practices aim to protect, conserve, and sustain the world's natural
resources and also protect Microsoft customers and the communities where we live
- Making environmental stewardship part of our business relationships.
At Microsoft, we strive to incorporate our environmental principles into our business
relationships. We seek similar commitments to the environment from our major suppliers.
We participate in industry groups to set industry standards on environmental practices.
We strive to keep our customers informed about our efforts, and we welcome their
- Continually improving our performance. We set objectives and
targets to ensure continuous improvement in our environmental performance. Microsoft
values employee contributions to our environmental initiatives. We regularly review
our business activity and assess our environmental programs, practices, and goals
to evaluate progress and identify areas in which we can make further improvement.
- Demonstrating responsibility to our stakeholders. We engage
our stakeholders about our objectives and targets, and we periodically communicate
our progress to the board of directors, shareholders, customers, and members of
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