Our manufacturing and supply chain environmental principles
Microsoft conducts its business in compliance with applicable laws and policies—striving to build sustainable products and protect the safety of our employees, our customers, and the public.
Conserve, reuse, and recycle
Where feasible, we conserve natural resources through the procurement and use of recycled, recyclable, and renewable materials; efficient use of energy; and participation in recycling programs for our products.
Reduction and disposal of wastes
At our facilities, we reduce and—where possible—eliminate waste through reuse of materials, source reduction, and recycling. All waste is handled and disposed of through safe and environmentally responsible methods.
Our environmental policies and practices aim to protect, conserve, and sustain natural resources along with our customers and the communities where we live and operate. We use Microsoft digital technology to increase our sustainability.
Continually improving our performance
The objectives and targets we set ensure continual improvement in our environmental and management systems, both from our employees and our suppliers. We proactively identify environmental risks and areas for potential improvements.
Responsible sourcing of raw materials
We are committed to responsibly sourcing raw materials, as stated in our Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials Policy. Collaborating with people, industry groups, and NGOs enables us to maintain our high standards.
Demonstrate responsibility to our stakeholders
We engage our stakeholders about our objectives and targets, and we periodically communicate our progress to our board, shareholders, customers, and public followers.
Greenhouse-gas emissions across the life cycle of a Surface Pro
Raw materials and component manufacture
Recycle, reuse, and recovery of materials
Our approach to product safety and sustainability
We have safety principles that guide our production work to ensure the devices we create are safe for their intended use and can be safely and responsibly recycled or disposed of.
Making an impact
Discover how we designed the Surface Book to be more efficient and environmentally friendly.Download the report
Our approach to the product lifecycle
The people and organizations we empower inspire innovation from start to finish. That's why Microsoft is reducing our environmental footprint through measures both large and small.
We manage the complexity of the return-and-recycle phase by collaborating with contracted recycling partners, collection schemes, Microsoft stores, and OEM partners.
We belong to more than 150 producer-responsibility organizations worldwide, covering used electronics, batteries, and packaging.
We comply with the EU Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive requirements and other applicable requirements everywhere we sell devices.
Decreasing our environmental footprint through our sustainability process
Global end-of-life programs of devices, batteries, and packaging
Learn more about where to recycle your products, batteries, and packaging.
Continuous growth in worldwide recycling of consumer e-waste
Since starting in 2006, recycling practices at Microsoft are responsible for more than 81 million kilograms of recycled e-waste.
A decrease in packaging material and waste is a decrease in our environmental footprint.
Small steps add up to large strides, which is why we are always seeking any new ways to improve the energy efficiency of our devices.
Our approach to responsible sourcing
Our Supplier Code of Conduct establishes the fundamental principles of ethical and sustainable business we expect from every supplier with whom we work.
This is how we do business
From compliance and ethics to human rights and safety, learn how we hold ourselves to the highest standards.
Where did it come from?
Microsoft works actively with suppliers, industry peers, and other stakeholders to improve traceability.
We are proud of our commitment to sustainability
We collect full material declarations for the components in our products. This helps us verify conformance to our requirements and gives us greater ability to assess the environmental impact of our products.
Knowing the risks
Microsoft screens our non-hardware suppliers against 23 different ethical, social, and environmental risks by country and commodity categories.
Much-needed time off
In FY16, we began integrating our new procurement standards into the contract-renewal process to ensure our suppliers in the US provide their employees who handle our work with at least 15 days of paid leave each year.
Since 2005, Microsoft has operated an industry-leading Social and Environmental Accountability (SEA) program
Hardware and packaging
We ensure our hardware and packaging suppliers conform to our Supplier Code of Conduct.
Safety in the workplace
Our suppliers must conform to device-related requirements for living conditions; safe working practices; and environmental, health, and safety protection.
Environment management system
Microsoft also operates an environmental management system (EMS) that applies to all aspects of supply chain, management, and operations for hardware and packaging.