Making progress, driving change
The work of diversity and inclusion has evolved as a result of the acute challenges of this past year. Companies now connect it to key organizational priorities and rising societal expectations. Explore Microsoft’s holistic approach to D&I, how we engage communities, address racial injustice, ensure equal access to opportunity and leverage storytelling and learning to drive sustainable change.
Addressing racial injustice: Racial Equity Initiative
Microsoft’s commitments to addressing racial injustice include a sustained focus on increasing representation and strengthening a culture of inclusion. Learn how we are making progress through recruiting, hiring, career development, and individual engagement with Microsoft’s executive leadership.
Storytelling and learning: Driving change at scale
Together, storytelling and learning have the power to accelerate inclusion and drive systemic change. Learn how Microsoft is turning empathy into action with expert thought leaders, employee stories, and world-class learning programs.
Global LGBTQI+ communities: Amplifying impact
Community is at the center of Microsoft’s approach to diversity and inclusion. Learn how we’ve engaged with employees, external experts, and community organizations to support LGBTQI+ communities and create opportunities for learning and allyship behavior across the company.
Women in technology: innovation and opportunity
The challenges of COVID, work, and family obligations have had an outsized impact on working women. Learn how we've coupled our ongoing commitment to equal pay and access to opportunity with a focus on values, supportive communities, representation of women in leadership, and world-class benefits.
More than just numbers
We are encouraged by our progress and recognize the work to drive sustainable, systemic change is ongoing.
Since 2017, the size of our global core Microsoft workforce grew 41.6%, while the number of women employees globally grew 64.9% over that same period. Representation of women is up 1.1 percentage points to 29.7% since 2020.
US Black and African American
Black and African American employees represent 5.7% of our US workforce, a 0.9 percentage point increase from 2020. Representation of Black and African American executives rose 1.9 percentage points over last year.
As part of our annual employee engagement survey, 90% of employees globally reported positive sentiments on topics of transparency, belonging, authenticity, team culture, and belief in Microsoft’s commitment to diversity, the first increase since we started measuring inclusion.
US employees with disabilities
Of the 43% of US employees in our core Microsoft business who responded to the survey, 16.4% self-identified as having a disability. This amounts to 7.1% of all US employees in our core Microsoft business identifying as a person with a disability, up from 6.1% in 2020.
Racial Equity Initiative
It has been one year since we outlined a set of actions and commitments our company would take over the next five years to address racial injustice. We know that such a commitment goes beyond the numbers, to the meaningful and sustainable ways we drive individual, culture, and systemic change.
It’s critical that this not be something we only care about at one time of year – but instead that we commit to being informed, effective and sustainable in how we approach change.
Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Chief Diversity Officer
Our ongoing and sustained commitment to this work requires accountability and prioritization from leadership. Yet achieving progress also requires that we listen, engage, and learn from employees.
Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer
Equal pay by race/ethnicity in the US
As of September 2021, all racial and ethnic minority employees in the US combined earn $1.006 for every $1.000 earned by their white counterparts.
Equal pay for women in the US
As of September 2021, women in the US earn $1.002 for every $1.000 earned by their counterparts in the US who are men.
Equal pay for women globally
As of September 2021, women in 13 of our largest markets combined earn $1.001 for every $1.000 earned by men in these combined geographies.