We endeavor to respect and champion human rights in the way we do business, and seek to advance those rights by applying the power of technology.
UC Berkeley conference
Please join UC Berkeley's Center for Responsible Business, the Human Rights Center, and Microsoft for our second conference on business, technology, and human rights.
Microsoft's new book
The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its role in society, provides our perspective on where AI technology is going and the new societal issues it has raised.
Digital civility study
People's digital interactions of online risks appear to be improving globally – however, many victims of online abuse say their perpetrators came from their social circles.
Our commitment and approach
Microsoft aspires to leadership in business and human rights, and to serve as a catalyst for action by others—in the technology sector and beyond.
Class-leading due diligence
We aim to conduct best-in-class human rights impact assessments, salient Microsoft action, and emerging trends in business and human rights.
Rights-aware decision making
We’re deploying an integrated approach to human rights decision making across key aspects of Microsoft.
We use actions and public statements to demonstrate that Microsoft is an important voice, and advocate for the promotion of human rights.
We’re advancing transparency in our work and promoting human rights through increased disclosure and engagement.
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Global Network Initiative Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy, steer Microsoft’s human rights work.
Implementing global human rights standards
We’re ensuring that technology plays a positive role around the globe. We’ve issued a major update to our Global Human Rights Statement; provided training for our employees; and continue our ongoing human rights impact assessment into artificial intelligence.Read our Global Human Rights Statement
Empowering the UN’s Human Rights Office
We’re working with the UN’s Human Rights Office to help them develop technology to predict, analyze, and respond to human rights situations; collaborating on joint projects; and making a multi-million-dollar grant.Read about our partnership
Promoting human rights and security
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube formed the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, allowing us to continue making our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists.Read about the forum
Collaborating with UC Berkeley
We’re partnering with UC Berkeley in new annual conferences, student consulting projects, and other collaborative efforts to integrate key human rights issues directly into business education.Read how we're working together
Calling for a Digital Geneva Convention
We outlined a framework to protect and defend civilians against nation-sponsored cyberattacks, including a proposed binding agreement and independent attribution organization.Discover the need for global norms
FY17 Reporting resources
Get the bigger picture
Visit these key resources across microsoft.com to learn more about our Global Human Rights Statement, our salient human rights issues, and our bi-annual digital trust reports.