Environmental Sustainability

We’re finding ways technology can help make our operations leaner and greener.

"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 Strategist

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 challenges.

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 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.