Microsoft environmental principles
At Microsoft, we are committed to software and technology innovations that help
people and organizations around the world improve the environment. Our goal is to
reduce the impact of our operations and products, and to be a leader in environmental
Learn how Microsoft and its partners
are addressing environmental challenges worldwide
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
- 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 and operate.
- 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 feedback.
- 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 the public.
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