Business in the Community (BITC) - CommunityMark
Microsoft was awarded the BITC CommunityMark at a ceremony at the House of Lords on the 21 July 2008.
The Community Mark is a national standard of excellence first launched in 2008 and endorsed by Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and HRH The Prince of Wales. Microsoft was one of only nine new achievers in 2009, who collectively invested £42 million in local communities over the year, through corporate giving and fundraising, pro bono and employee volunteering time, in-kind support and commercial initiatives. More than one million people benefited, including 871,000 young people and over 200,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
Volunteering England - Investing in Volunteers for Employers Accreditation
This award is conferred on organisations that have clearly demonstrated their commitment to staff volunteering programs that make a difference to their local communities.
Microsoft UK promotes employee involvement as an integral part of its citizenship programmes, with all employees receiving three days a year volunteering leave. Hundreds of Microsoft employees across the UK take part in volunteering initiatives each year, examples of which include: team challenges; enterprise days; and internet safety speakers, who deliver internet safety training to young people, parents and teachers.
BITC - Big Tick Active Communities Award for the Black Country Project
Our three year project in the Black Country was recognised with a Big Tick for excellence in the Active Communities category in the BITC Awards for Excellence 2009.
The Big Tick is the most respected mark for responsible business practice. It endorses companies that demonstrate significant impact and high quality management.
The Sunday Times Best Green Companies awards
In 2001 Microsoft UK made the top 60 in ‘The Sunday Times Best Green Companies awards’ . Only those organisations demonstrating the highest environmental standards, with workforces wholly engaged and in tune with their green initiatives, make it onto the list.
Carbon Trust Standard – reducing CO2 year on year
The Carbon Trust helps businesses to cut carbon emissions, promote sustainable technologies and build green strategies for growth. The Carbon Trust Standard is a globally recognised benchmark awarded to organisations that measure, manage and reduce their
emissions without the use of offsetting.
Microsoft UK began the Carbon Trust’s rigorous assessment process in 2009. We submitted annual footprint data, demonstrated carbon reduction and explained our approaches to long-term carbon governance. We’ve just renewed our certificate!
We secured certification in 2009 and were able to recertify in 2011 as we further reduced our carbon emissions over two years. The recertification is equally robust and demands an even greater focus on carbon reduction since companies typically have targeted ‘low hanging’ fruit during their first certification. We have shown a reduction in our absolute carbon footprint of over 5% in the past three years.
Recertification by the Carbon Trust demonstrates that we are off to a good start in reducing the impact of Microsoft UK on the environment. As one of the first technology companies to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard, our initial certification, we are proud to lead the software industry towards a low carbon, sustainable IT in the future.