At Microsoft, we are committed to using our skills and technology to help people around the world realize their full potential.
Microsoft UK actively encourages employees to get involved in supporting charities by giving them up to three days per year for volunteering activities. 420 volunteer days were taken by employees last year and 2,000 have been taken during the last five years.
Matching - Microsoft will match all funds raised for charity by up to £7,500 per employee. Last year UK employees raised over £695,000 for charity through the matching scheme. An amazing £2.8m has been raised by Microsoft Employees over the last four years.
Software Donations - At Microsoft, we believe technology can do amazing things. In the hands of charities, technology can be a powerful force that opens exciting opportunities to accelerate their impact. Here in the UK, most registered charities are eligible to receive Microsoft software donations. In our last financial year (FY13) we donated software with a total market value of £25m. Since launch in 2006, almost 11,000 UK charities have received donations.
CEOP - Microsoft has had a strong relationship with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in the UK since it was first established with the remit to protect children and young people from online predators. As well as supporting CEOP's efforts to keep children safe online through our own technology, Microsoft staff are trained by CEOP to deliver their resources to young people in schools across the country. These 200 employees have helped train over 45,000 young people in online safety and over 5000 families have downloaded the IE9 CEOP browser for child online safety.
Microsoft's 'Turning it off is not the answer' - We have trained 100 employees to deliver our 'Turning it off is not the answer' presentation to parents. It advises them on what their children may be doing online, the positives of the internet and the associated risks. It also provides advice regarding what they can do to help keep their children safe.
Parenting in the Digital Age
We have supported The Parent Zone to develop a new training course for practitioners - 'Parenting in the Digital Age'. The course trains teachers, social workers and others who work directly with parents. It trains them to give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to find out what their children are doing online, where they go and who they talk to. This is done by linking evidence about effective parenting approaches with risks young people might experience online. So far this training course has been delivered to 75 teachers over three sessions. Another six are planned for later this year. We are continuing to work with The Parent Zone and are currently looking at how we can develop this resource further.
Microsoft IT Youth Hubs
With UK Youth our Corporate Charity in the UK, we have funded 30 youth clubs across the country to become Microsoft IT Youth Hubs. Young people within these clubs are trained to become IT Champions and peer educate others in their communities.
All clubs are urged to run online safety workshops as part of their programmes. Moving into the second year of this programme, we will be developing another 20-30 IT Youth Hubs. To further support young people, CEOP has agreed to run an ambassador training session for our Youth Hub workers and UK Youth's trainers.
Scouts - Historically we have supported the Scouts through sponsorship of their IT badge. Internet Safety education has been included in the badge and also we have run training sessions for Scout leaders to be able to advise parents. We are currently looking at how we will support them moving forward. Whatever we do, the online safety message will be key.