Ethics & Compliance at Microsoft

Our Priorities

Microsoft’s commitment to corporate responsibility and integrity defines the work of our ethics and compliance program. This commitment is expressed first in our code of conduct (Standards of Business Conduct), which is organized around building trust with customers, governments, communities, each other, investors, and representatives. The Standards reflect our culture and values, describe the principles that guide our behavior, and help each of us make good choices and get help when needed.

Administration and Oversight of the Compliance Program

Under the Company’s compliance framework, the President and Chief Legal Officer serves as the Company’s Chief Compliance Officer and has overall responsibility for the management of the compliance program. He reports directly to the CEO and, for this purpose, to the Audit Committee. The President and Chief Legal Officer, through the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, Competition & Compliance Group, oversees the Office of Legal Compliance (OLC). The Deputy General Counsel has direct access and reporting obligations to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.

Microsoft’s Standards of Business Conduct and its Ethics and Compliance Program are endorsed by and have the full support of Microsoft’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors and management is responsible for overseeing the Ethics and Compliance Program and compliance with the Standards.


Microsoft’s Standards of Business Conduct is important to the Company. Violation of the Standards may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Any employee who engages in retaliation or who makes a report that is not in good faith may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Awards & Recognition

Being recognized as a quality global workplace is an honor for Microsoft. Our investments in our employees, the opportunities we create for our employees, and safeguarding the Company have not gone unnoticed. We are particularly proud of the work our people achieve every day, and the impact that we have on the world around us.

  • Voted “World's Best Multinational Workplaces” in 2011, 2014, and 2015 by Great Places to Work Institute
  • Honored as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 2011-2017 by
  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For during 1999-2014
  • DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list for 2013
  • Participation in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Partnering Against Corruption
Best Companies to Work For 2014 - Fortune
Ethisphere® Institute | Good. Smart. Business. Profit.®
The List - Great Place to Work® Global

Microsoft Standards of Business Conduct

The Standards apply to Microsoft, its Board of Directors, and all employees, directors, executive officers of Microsoft.


Microsoft Corporate Social Responsibility

Our policies and business practices reflect a commitment to making our planet a better place.


Integrity & Governance at Microsoft

Building trust with customers and partners is central to our business success. Yet earning that trust starts with a foundation of principles to guide our own operations and how we impact the rights of people around the globe.