I’m pleased to share that Microsoft is joining the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Our membership in this pioneering global organization is another step in Microsoft’s efforts to use the power of technology to unleash a new era of safe and sustainable growth across the globe.

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This includes helping to create a safe and sustainable future. No single organization can do this alone. We must come together as a global community to address our most pressing sustainability challenges. That’s why we joined the WBCSD – to not only help leverage technology for positive economic and social change, but also to learn from others on how to best achieve sustainable growth.

As technology rapidly evolves, our global society will continue to push the limits of possibility. Significant development around the world will open new doors and create new challenges, and Microsoft is committed to taking a leading role in ensuring businesses and governments achieve their goals in a sustainable way. We know that more people will be living in cities – 70% of the global population by 2050. Working with the WBCSD, I look forward to driving sustainable solutions for the growing mobility and energy needs that will come with this shift.

By joining the WBCSD’s community of businesses around the world, which represent a combined revenue of $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees, it is our intent to help others make a tangible impact on global corporate sustainability. Microsoft sees technology as a powerful tool to meet several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which lie at the heart of the WBCSD’s mission. Using our advanced cloud-based technologies and our diverse partnerships, we will work with members of the WBCSD to explore new ways that people and organizations around the world can thrive in sustainable ways.

We are living in remarkable times, where a focus on the future of our planet and its people has never been more important. Microsoft is committed to helping its partners and customers achieve more sustainable growth through innovation, collaboration, and the life-changing promise of digital transformation, and I am ready to get to work with the WBCSD and its members.