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Our 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.

   

Program overview

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

Our Trust Code

We achieve our mission by building trust with people and organizations around the globe. Our goals are only possible when people trust Microsoft and trust our technology.

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Reporting concerns and non-retaliation

Our 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, our policies prohibit 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.

Our policies make 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.
 

We provide 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.

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Awards and recognition

We are honored to have received positive recognition for our work in ethics, legal compliance, and corporate social responsibility. In 2021, Ethisphere Institute ranked Microsoft among the World's Most Ethical Companies for the eleventh year in a row.

Learn more about our honors

Administration and oversight

The President and Chief Legal Officer serves as our 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 Compliance and Ethics team. The Deputy General Counsel has direct access and reporting obligations to the Audit Committee.