Microsoft recently topped CR Magazine’s 2015 list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens, in recognition of our performance and strong track record in responsible corporate practices. Among public companies in the US, Microsoft leads in the overall ranking based on criteria such as environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy and community support.
It’s a great honour, and we are deeply gratified to see our work in the community recognised. We will continue focusing our efforts on supporting our nonprofit partners and empowering people to realise their full potential through the following initiatives:
* Microsoft YouthSpark – There are currently more than 30 programmes and partnerships under our global YouthSpark initiative, dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for 300 million youth around the world. This includes Imagine Cup, our annual youth technology competition that challenges students to develop solutions for social impact, and the BizSpark programme aimed at helping young entrepreneurs start their businesses.
* Technology for Good – We support more than 86,000 nonprofits each year by helping them build their technology capacity, and donated over $940 million (fair market value) of software to nonprofits worldwide in 2014. Recently, we broadened our software donations with the launch of Office 365 for Nonprofits in up to 90 countries, providing $55 million worth of Office 365 subscriptions to nearly 11,500 nonprofits worldwide.
* Employee Giving and Volunteerism – Today, more than 39,000 Microsoft staff members participate in our employee giving programme, and we help our employees find nonprofits that best match their skills and volunteering interests.
* Humanitarian and Disaster Response – Microsoft's Global Disaster Response team works closely with relief agencies to make technology systems more resilient for disaster preparedness. We also help governments and NGOs deploy the right technology to address mission-critical needs in a disaster situation, such as during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 and the recent Nepal earthquake.
The Microsoft Citizenship team would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our NGO and community partners, who have helped raise awareness and scale the impact of our programmes to support thousands of people around the world!
To learn more about Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship work, please check out our 2014 Citizenship Report.