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Microsoft’s commitment to corporate responsibility and integrity guides everything we do as a company, and defines the work of our ethics and compliance program. We have high ethical standards governing the way we conduct our business, standards that we also apply to our suppliers and business partners. Our business practices and standards reflect our commitment to making a positive impact around the globe. We demand such high standards from ourselves and our partners to preserve trust with our customers, governments, investors, partners, representatives, and each other, and because it is the right thing to do.

Overview of Microsoft’s Compliance and Ethics Program

Microsoft has built its compliance and ethics program on three pillars: Prevention, Detection, and Remediation. We continually evolve our programs to meet these goals.

Reporting concerns & non-retaliation

Microsoft’s commitment to building and maintaining a culture of trust, ethics, and integrity depends on our employees and representatives telling us if they are aware of, or have a concern about, compliance with our Standards of Business Conduct, policies, or the law.

Again, Microsoft prohibits retaliation. Employees will not suffer adverse consequences or retaliation for:

  • Refusing to do something that violates the Microsoft Standards of Business Conduct, policies, or the law, even if this refusal results in the loss of business to Microsoft.
  • Raising a concern about potential misconduct in good faith, or for cooperating with an investigation.

Anyone who retaliates against an employee for engaging in any of these activities will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or business relationship.

Microsoft provides multiple ways to report concerns. When you report a concern or issue, you can expect that your report will be treated seriously, fairly, and promptly. Use the reporting options here.

Standards of Business Conduct Course

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Administration and oversight

The President and Chief Legal Officer serves as Microsoft’s Chief Compliance Officer and has overall responsibility for the management of our compliance and ethics program. He reports directly to the CEO and, for this purpose, also directly to the Audit Committee of Microsoft’s Board of Directors. The President and Chief Legal Officer, through the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Compliance and Ethics, oversees the Office of Legal Compliance (OLC). The Deputy General Counsel has direct access and reporting obligations to the Audit Committee.