Standards of supplier conduct at Microsoft
Because Microsoft is committed to promoting a positive work environment, we expect our suppliers and their employees, agents, and subcontractors to adhere to the same standards of conduct and behavior that we expect from our own employees while they are on Microsoft property or doing business with Microsoft.
We are committed to our mission of helping people and businesses throughout the world realize the highest levels of productivity and success. Achieving our mission isn’t just about building innovative technology, it’s also about who we are as a company and as individuals, how we manage our business internally, and how we work with customers, partners, governments, communities, and suppliers.
Through the Standards of Business Conduct, Microsoft has established company standards that include ethical business practices and regulatory compliance. These standards apply to all Microsoft employees, directors, and officers. Similarly, Microsoft expects its suppliers to embrace this commitment to integrity by complying with and training its employees on the Microsoft Supplier Code of Conduct.
Suppliers and their employees, agents, and subcontractors (collectively referred to as “suppliers”) must adhere to this Supplier Code of Conduct while conducting business with or on behalf of Microsoft. Suppliers must promptly inform their Microsoft contact, a member of Microsoft management, or through one of these reporting options, when any situation develops that causes the supplier to operate in violation of this Code of Conduct or if a Microsoft employee violates our Standards of Business Conduct.
While Microsoft suppliers are expected to self-monitor and demonstrate their compliance with this Code of Conduct, Microsoft may audit suppliers or inspect suppliers’ facilities to confirm compliance.
Microsoft may require the immediate removal of any supplier representative(s) or personnel who behave in a manner that is unlawful or inconsistent with this Code of Conduct or any Microsoft policy. All suppliers are required to comply with this Code of Conduct and complete Microsoft Code of Conduct training, in addition to any other obligations in any agreement a supplier may have with Microsoft.
Please download and review the full requirements of the standards of conduct that suppliers must follow. The terms “vendor” and “supplier” will be used interchangeably.