Since 2005, Microsoft has operated an industry-leading Social and Environmental Accountability (SEA) program:
Ensures our hardware and packaging suppliers conform to our Supplier Code of Conduct.
Ensures they conform to device-related requirements for living conditions, safe working practices, and environmental, health, and safety protection.
Microsoft also operates an Environmental Management System (EMS), which applies to all aspects of hardware and packaging supply chain, management, and operations.
Specific substances, materials, and compliance
We are proud of our commitment to sustainability
We collect full material disclosures for the components in our products. This helps us verify conformance to our requirements and to 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 category.
Much-needed time off
In FY16 we began integrating our new procurement standards into the contract renewal process to ensure our suppliers in the U.S. provide their employees who handle our work with at least 15 days of paid leave each year.