Executive Commitment to Diversity at Microsoft
Microsoft has a comprehensive plan to promote and integrate global diversity and inclusion at every level within our organization and in everything we do. Microsoft’s executive staff are committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are a part of our everyday business, from acquiring and retaining great talent to serving customers and developing innovative products. They see diversity and inclusion as a long-term business strategy that will help enable the future success of the company.
Bill Gates on Diversity and Inclusion
The collaborative energy that is created when talented people from different backgrounds come together to focus on innovation has helped fuel Microsoft's success for more than 30 years. As we bring our innovations into more and more markets around the world, and as we strive to bridge the digital divide so that people at all levels of society can benefit from the opportunities of the global knowledge economy, we recognize that it's more important than ever to honor diversity, both inside Microsoft and in the communities where we live and work.
— Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman
Steve Ballmer on Industry Leadership in Diversity
By providing access to technology, Microsoft strives to help all people realize their potential. This means that diversity and inclusion are not just words on paper for us; they are core values and business imperatives. We promote diversity at every level within our organization and strive for inclusiveness in everything we do. We believe that employing the world's top talent from all groups within our communities—from many backgrounds and with varied experiences—helps us to better serve our customers and gives us a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.
— Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer
Bob Muglia on Executive Commitment
Diversity and inclusion are part of Microsoft’s long-term business strategy. Because our leadership team is deeply committed to this effort, we’ve developed a comprehensive plan to promote and integrate diversity at every level within our organization and in everything we do as a company.
We broadly promote Diversity and Inclusion worldwide by encouraging multicultural perspectives and conversations among key Microsoft publics – current employees, perspective employees, customers and partners. Building the best software means recognizing the diverse needs of our customers and partners – and that is reflected in our employee base around the world.
We also strive to:
understand and value the differences in all parts of the globe;
respect the values of every culture and country;
and give back to the diverse communities in which we work, live and do business.
— Bob Muglia, President, Server and Tools Business