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We want to help users make informed choices about how they use our products and services, and stakeholders evaluate how we’re meeting our commitments to CSR.

About our site

Our CSR site is a living reporting medium designed to share information about how we’re making the world a better place. The site offers comparable year-over-year data about our progress. But it also provides quick links to additional resources across and around the web for the most comprehensive story. This year a shared letter from Satya Nadella, addressing our business and social impacts, opens both our 2017 CSR and Financial Annual reports. Unless otherwise stated, the information on this site covers all of Microsoft’s global operations during our fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).

Although we’ve designed this content first and foremost for digital display, it’s also available via downloadable PDFs available from our Reports Hub.


This site contains Standard Disclosures from the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI's) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, which were used to prepare the content included in this report. Please see our online GRI G4 Index for detailed data and additional information.

The human rights-related disclosures are based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Reporting Framework (RAFI). In addition, this report serves as Microsoft’s Annual Communication on Progress under the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. The following table describes the location of relevant report content for each of the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles.

UN Global Compact Index

Principle 1:

Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.

Principle 2:

Make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Principle 3:

Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

Principle 4:

The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.

Principle 5:

The effective abolition of child labor.

Principle 6:

The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Principle 7:

Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

Principle 8:

Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

Principle 9:

Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Principle 10:

Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

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