Supporting people and communities in need

Technology can play a critical role in helping build stronger more resilient communities following times of crisis.

Our commitment and approach

Microsoft believes technology can play a critical role in helping the world’s most vulnerable people recover and rebuild their lives.

Empowering first responders

First responders provide critical services to those affected by natural disasters. Microsoft supports first response organizations through technology donations and financial support during response and recovery efforts. We also work closely with experts to better prepare for and respond to future disasters.

Empowering humanitarian organizations

From front-line aid workers to programs teams, humanitarian organizations provide a broad spectrum of vital services to vulnerable populations around the world. We’re committed to helping humanitarians organizations pursue their missions with secure, reliable, and trusted cloud solutions.

Empowering displaced people

Refugees face countless challenges as they flee their homes and countries. We partner with nonprofit organizations to provide digital skills resources and training to help displaced people begin rebuilding their lives.

FY18 highlights

In the wake of some of the worst natural disasters, Microsoft stepped up to assist in recovery efforts to those affected.

  • Following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Maria brought additional damage to the Caribbean. Microsoft provided over $5 million in resources, and the Airband Initiative team donated TV White Space kits to support connectivity restoration throughout Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Island.

  • Over 200 people were killed when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City and central Mexico. Microsoft provided $700,000 in employee giving and financial support, delivered 2.3 million minutes of free Skype calls, and provided emergency-service teams to assist in the recovery efforts.

  • In response to incredible flooding in Texas and the Gulf Coast, Microsoft allocated over $2.4 million in resources and activated multiple missions to support local government agencies. In addition, Microsoft employee donation and corporate matching provided $1.4 million to disaster response organizations.

FY18 reporting resources

Reports hub

Microsoft provides disclosures to help stakeholders evaluate how we’re meeting our commitments. We collect and share these reports in one place for easy reference and download.

2018 Global Reporting Initiative Index

The 2018 report content throughout this site contains disclosures from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards.

Get the bigger picture

Explore key resources to learn more about our efforts to strengthen communities.