Our approach to product sustainability

At Microsoft, every device is made with a commitment to minimizing the impact our operations and product life cycles may have on the environment and communities. Every device we produce fulfills our strict environmental criteria and is, at a minimum, designed to be compliant with all applicable legal requirements. We also require that our global manufacturing partners and vendors follow sound environmental practices with respect to their facilities, operations, and the products they manufacture for us.

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 and health of our employees, customers, and the public. By integrating sound environmental practices into all aspects of our supply chain and manufacturing functions, Microsoft empowers every person and organization on the planet to achieve more while protecting our natural world.

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.

Sustainable products

Our environmental policies and practices aim to protect, conserve, and sustain the world’s natural resources as well as our customers, and the communities where we live and operate. We use Microsoft digital technology to increase our environmental sustainability.

Continually improve our performance

We set objectives and targets to ensure continuous improvement in our environmental and management systems. We value employee contributions to our initiatives. We regularly review aspects of our business activities and assess our programs, practices, and goals to evaluate our progress. We proactively manage environmental risks and opportunities to identify areas for further improvements. We collaborate with our suppliers to ensure they share the same level of commitment to the continuous improvement of their environmental performance.

Responsible sourcing of raw materials

We are committed to responsibly sourcing raw materials, as stated in our Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials Policy. By collaborating with people, industry groups, and NGOs, we strive to establish responsible practices in the harvesting and extraction of materials used in our products.

Demonstrate responsibility to our stakeholders

We engage our stakeholders about our objectives and targets, and periodically communicate our progress to our board, shareholders, customers, and members of the public.

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