Our Core Values
What are values? In simplest terms, they are a set of beliefs that govern behavior.
Like people, companies have values.
Our Standards of Business Conduct help us live our values, which include fulfilling our commitment to the highest ethical and legal behavior as we evolve in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.
Our values must shine through in all our interactions.
Integrity & Honesty
Integrity and honesty can be demonstrated in many ways. Honesty and integrity are demonstrated not just in the extraordinary but in the everyday decisions we make. As employees, we strive for excellence even when no one else is looking.
Open & Respectful
People who are open and respectful of others understand that how work is accomplished is as important as the work itself. We never act in a manner that could be perceived as threatening, intolerant, or discriminatory.
Passion is everywhere you look at Microsoft. We have a zeal for technology and what it enables customers to do. We strive to meet customer and partner expectations of quality, security, privacy, reliability, and business integrity.
Accountability is about keeping your word and taking responsibility for the commitments you make. When you say you'll do something, you do it. Trust is built over time in just this way. Be honest and accountable.
From the very beginning, Microsoft has tackled big challenges. Big challenges have little to do with a specific job and everything to do with the vision, courage, and fortitude of our people. People just like Bill Gates. People just like you.
Our dedication to quality is not exclusive to our products. Each of us should improve over time. We must consistently ask ourselves and co-workers, "What could I have done better? How can I improve for next time?"
The Standards are an extension of Microsoft’s values and reflect our continued commitment to ethical business practices and legal compliance.
The Standards apply to Microsoft, and all employees, directors, and executive officers of Microsoft and its subsidiaries and Controlled Affiliates.
The Standards are designed to help you make the right decisions for yourself and Microsoft. They are not intended to cover every issue or situation you may face as a Microsoft employee. Nor do they replace other more detailed policies. You should use the Standards as a reference guide in addition to Microsoft’s policies.
You are expected to maintain high ethical standards, conduct Microsoft business with integrity, and work in compliance with Microsoft policies and the law.
- Read, understand, and comply with the Standards and the Microsoft policies, laws, and regulations applicable to your job.
- Obtain guidance for resolving a business practice or compliance concern or if you are uncertain about how to proceed in a situation.
- Report possible violations of the Standards, policies, and legal and regulatory requirements.
- Be truthful and cooperate fully in any investigations.
- Complete annual training on the Standards and when completed, attest to your understanding of and commitment to the Standards.
Failure to read or attest to the Standards does not excuse you from responsibility to comply with the Standards, policies, and regulations applicable to your job.
Reporting and Guidance
We want to hear your concerns and questions. Microsoft has zero tolerance for retaliation.
It is your right and responsibility to report compliance concerns and obtain guidance when you are uncertain about what action you should take.
You are responsible and accountable for preventing, detecting, and reporting instances of non-compliance to a member of Microsoft management, Human Resources, Finance, Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs, the Director of Compliance, or the Business Conduct Hotline.
Any concerns or issues you report will be treated seriously, fairly, and promptly. Microsoft will handle inquiries discreetly and make every effort to maintain, within the limits allowed by the law, the confidentiality of anyone requesting guidance or reporting a possible violation.
Microsoft does not tolerate retaliation against any employee who makes a good faith report, cooperates with an investigation or audit, or refuses to participate in activities that violate applicable laws, regulations, company policies, or standards of ethical conduct. Any employee who engages in retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action.
You have several reporting options. Click here to view them.
Making Ethical Decisions
We expect you to be well informed and exercise good judgment when making business decisions for Microsoft. Before making a business decision, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it consistent with our core values and the Standards? (We expect you to think through the issues and to use available resources to help including our core values and the Standards.)
- Is it Legal? (We are not expecting you to be a lawyer or legal expert. We do expect you to ask questions and seek guidance if you are not sure.)
- Am I comfortable with others finding out about my decision? (If you would not be comfortable with friends, family, and co-workers, it probably is not the right thing to do.)
If you cannot answer “yes” or are not sure, do not make the decision or take the action until you get additional help and guidance.