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Microsoft Finance Code of Professional Conduct
Microsoft Corporation
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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Microsoft Finance provides world class financial leadership to optimize long term shareholder value and is a recognized leader in using innovative processes, tools, and systems. Microsoft Finance team members value service, integrity, results, and making others successful through their efforts.
Microsoft Finance Code of Professional Conduct
Microsoft Finance’s mission includes promotion of professional conduct in the practice of financial management worldwide. Microsoft’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Accounting Officer and other employees of the finance organization hold an important and elevated role in corporate governance in that they are uniquely capable and empowered to ensure that all stakeholders’ interests are appropriately balanced, protected and preserved. This Finance Code of Professional Conduct embodies principles to which we are expected to adhere and advocate. These tenets for ethical business conduct encompass rules regarding both individual and peer responsibilities, as well as responsibilities to Microsoft employees, the public and other stakeholders. The CEO, CFO and Finance organization employees are expected to abide by this Code as well as all applicable Microsoft business conduct standards and policies or guidelines in Microsoft’s employee handbook relating to areas covered by this Code. Any violations of the Microsoft Finance Code of Professional Conduct may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
All employees covered by this Finance Code of Professional Conduct will:
Act with honesty and integrity, avoiding actual or apparent conflicts of interest in their personal and professional relationships.
Provide stakeholders with information that is accurate, complete, objective, fair, relevant, timely and understandable, including in our filings with and other submissions to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other public bodies.
Comply with rules and regulations of federal, state, provincial and local governments, and other appropriate private and public regulatory agencies.
Act in good faith, responsibly, with due care, competence and diligence, without misrepresenting material facts or allowing one’s independent judgment to be subordinated.
Respect the confidentiality of information acquired in the course of one’s work except when authorized or otherwise legally obligated to disclose.
Not use confidential information acquired in the course of one’s work for personal advantage.
Share knowledge and maintain professional skills important and relevant to stakeholder’s needs.
Proactively promote and be an example of ethical behavior as a responsible partner among peers, in the work environment and the community.
Achieve responsible use, control, and stewardship over all Microsoft assets and resources that are employed or entrusted to us.
Not coerce, manipulate, mislead or unduly influence any authorized audit/ investigation or interfere with any auditor/ investigator engaged in the performance of an internal or independent audit/ investigation of Microsoft’s system of internal controls, financial statements or accounting books and records.
If you are aware of any suspected or known violations of this Code of Professional Conduct, the Standards of Business Conduct or other Microsoft policies or guidelines, you have a duty to promptly report such concerns either to your manager, another responsible member of management, a Human Resources representative, an LCA contact, the Director of Compliance, or the 24-hour Business Conduct Line. The procedures to be followed for such a report are outlined in the Standards of Business Conduct and the Whistleblowing Reporting Procedure and Guidelines in the Employee Handbook.
Microsoft will handle all inquiries discreetly and make every effort to maintain, with the limits allowed by the law, the confidentiality of anyone requesting guidance or reporting a possible violation. There are various options for reporting concerns to or requesting further guidance from the Microsoft Office of Legal Compliance:
By Postal Mail/Letter to the Director of Compliance to the following Address:
     Office of Legal Compliance
     One Microsoft Way
     Redmond, WA 98052
By calling the Microsoft Business Conduct Hotline (this is a dedicated, toll-free phone line that is available 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year (24x7x365):
Within the United States: 1-877-320-MSFT (6738)
If Outside of the US, you may make a collect call to the Business Conduct Line by accessing an international operator and asking to place a collect call to the following number: 1-470-219-7087
By written fax to 1-425-708-7177
By direct email to
By internet/computer submission through the Web Allegation Tool at
It is Microsoft’s intention that this Code of Professional Conduct be its written code of ethics under Section 406 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 complying with the standards set forth in Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation S-K Item 406.