In the UK we share Microsoft’s global vision to empower every person and organisation to achieve more; but we also pursue a wide range of initiatives with particular resonance and relevance to the UK. From working responsibly and sustainably to ensuring that the technology we create makes life better – not just for our customers, partners and employees, but for everyone. That’s why we are constantly investing in three key areas:
- In Education: We are born to learn. At Microsoft, we understand the real value of technology lies in the skills it builds, the opportunities it creates, and the horizons it broadens. That’s why we are empowering the education community with a wide range of products, services and programmes that help transform learning and make it more accessible.
- In Business: We are driven to succeed. Whether supporting start-ups and SMEs, promoting apprenticeships though our Partner network, or reimagining business productivity in radical new ways, Microsoft UK is all about ensuring today’s workplace really does ‘work’ for everyone.
- In Society: We are committed to people. In ensuring all our products, processes and practices are safe, secure and always accessible, we’re proud to work with many leading charities, businesses and organisations committed to the same high ethical standards. These are just some of the ideals we champion in spirit and action.
At Microsoft we believe the way we work affects all our stakeholders, including our customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders – as well as their communities. Furthermore, these values also need to apply to the thousands of suppliers and partners we work with worldwide.
To ensure this, we follow stringent standards for Citizenship reporting, including the Global Reporting Initiative and Carbon Disclosure Project. These are just some of the key areas covered by our commitment to responsible and diligent Citizenship Reporting.
- Environmental Responsibility – Microsoft either meets or exceeds a wide range of verified global standards, not least in sustainability, responsible sourcing.
- Carbon Reduction – In 2012, Microsoft embarked on a challenging carbon reduction strategy that saw us achieve global carbon neutrality less than two years later – one of only a handful of global technology companies to do so.
- Engagement & Partnership – We actively seek input on social, economic and environmental issues with key stakeholders, investors, NGOs and issue-advocacy organizations, as well as partnering with organisations like the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative to better respond to key issues affecting our business.