Complying with Laws, Regulations &
Microsoft Policies

International Business Activities

Microsoft acknowledges and respects the diverse cultures, customs, and business practices it encounters in the international marketplace. Microsoft will comply with both the applicable U.S. laws and regulations that govern its operations and local laws wherever it does business.

Intellectual Property

We comply with the laws and regulations that govern the rights to and protection of our own and others’ intellectual property including copy-rights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets.

Fair Competition and Antitrust

We comply with the laws and regulations designed to promote healthy competition. Antitrust laws and fair competition laws generally prohibit activities that restrain trade and restrict competition. We conduct our business in compliance with these laws.

Investigations, Inspections, and Inquiries

We are direct, honest, and truthful in our discussions with agency representatives and government officials. During investigations, inspections, and inquiries we work with Legal and Corporate Affairs and cooperate by responding promptly to appropriate requests for information.


Microsoft prohibits corruption of government officials and the payments of bribes or kickbacks of any kind, whether in dealings with public officials or individuals in the private sector.

Microsoft is committed to observing the standards of conduct set forth in the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the applicable anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws of all of the countries in which we operate.

No Microsoft employee or Microsoft representative will suffer adverse consequences for refusing to pay or take a bribe or kickback, even if this results in the loss of business to Microsoft. More Info (PDF, Download Microsoft Reader)

Trade Controls

Microsoft complies with the laws and regulations related to the export, re-export, import, and use of our software, products, devices, components, services, and technical data. These trade controls place compliance obligations on Microsoft and on our suppliers or partners related to international distribution of Microsoft products, services, or assets. More Info (PDF, Download Microsoft Reader)

Gifts and Hospitality

Microsoft requires the use of good judgment, discretion, and moderation when giving or accepting gifts or hospitality in business settings. Gift giving and hospitality practices may vary in different cultures; however, any gifts and hospitality given or received must be in compliance with the law, not violate the policies of the giver or recipient, and be consistent with local custom and practice. We do not solicit gifts, hospitality, or favors of any value from persons or firms with which Microsoft does business currently or prospectively . Nor do we act in a manner that would place any supplier, partner, or customer in a position where he/she may feel obligated to make a gift, provide hospitality, or provide personal favors in order to do business or continue to do business with Microsoft. More Info (PDF, Download Microsoft Reader)


We recognize our right and responsibility to lobby on behalf of issues that affect our company and business operations. We comply with applicable political lobbying regulations.

Purchasing Decisions and Practices

In our purchasing decisions, negotiations, contract development, and contract administration, we comply with the applicable laws and regulations that govern those relationships and expect the same from our suppliers.


Microsoft suppliers must adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior and regulatory compliance and operate in the best interest of Microsoft. Suppliers are expected to provide high-quality services and products while maintaining flexibility and cost-effectiveness. All suppliers are required to read and comply with the Microsoft Supplier Code of Conduct and train their personnel on the requirements of the Supplier Code.

All suppliers are required to read and comply with the Anti-Corruption Policy for Microsoft Representatives and train their employees and personnel on compliance with anti-corruption laws.


Channel partners, Microsoft Partner Network members, and other Microsoft representatives must adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior and regulatory compliance when they sell, distribute, or market Microsoft products and services. All representatives are required to read and comply with the Anti-Corruption Policy for Microsoft Representatives and train their employees and personnel on compliance with anti-corruption laws.

No Microsoft representative shall pay or offer to pay a bribe, or provide another thing of value for the purpose of obtaining an improper benefit to any third party, public or private, with whom Microsoft is doing business or is aiming to do business with in the future. More Info (PDF, Download Microsoft Reader)