Human rights

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.

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.

Proactive engagement

We use actions and public statements to demonstrate that Microsoft is an important voice, and advocate for the promotion of human rights.

Transparent leadership

We’re advancing transparency in our work and promoting human rights through increased disclosure and engagement.

FY17 Highlights

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 to learn more about our Global Human Rights Statement, our salient human rights issues, and our bi-annual digital trust reports.

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