Microsoft has an enduring commitment to fulfill our public responsibilities and serve the needs of people in communities where we work worldwide. Employees are encouraged to contribute their time and resources to impact their communities. The following is a glimpse of what some of our employees have done recently to serve the needs of the people around them.
‘Hand in Hand, Accelerating our Transformation’ was the theme of Microsoft Thailand’s recent offsite meeting in February. Nearly 200 employees displayed that commitment by coming together to assemble and donate 20 bicycles to the Bicycle Banks of three schools, which will be loaned to students living in remote and poor areas in northeastern Thailand.
Chutima Sribumrungsart, Human Resources Director at Microsoft Thailand, said, “The activity of assembling bicycles as teams helped Microsoft staff learn about unity. But, more importantly, we chose to give bicycles to the children who truly need them to get to school, buy groceries and play or exercise.”
If you think Microsoft employees are stern and cannot let their hair down – think twice! On 13 March, more than 20 employees met, played and danced with 15 children from YKAKI (Yay Kasih Anak Kanker Indonesia) who are fighting cancer or leukemia. There was also an internal Best Hair Contest for the Hair for Love event, where employees donated their own hair to YKAKI. This initiative not only allowed the six employees (pictured above) to undergo a “makeover”, but also gave them a chance to contribute in a very practical way to children who have lost their own hair due to cancer.
The YouthSpark #WeSpeakCode Hour of Code in December was an opportunity for Microsoft employees to volunteer their time to empower children all over the country. In just one week, 161 employee trainers introduced Code.org, Kodu Game Lab and TouchDevelop to 1,949 K12 students in six urban and rural schools in Beijing, Shanghai and Yan’an.
In the eyes of the students, the volunteers were not only trainers, but also a source of inspiration. Miaoyu Chen, an 11-year old girl studying at Beijing Hua’ao Primary School for migrant children, was able to create and demonstrate her Kodu world to a crowd of over 120, and exclaimed, “Girls can learn coding too!”.
The first ever Microsoft Hong Kong company-wide All-Hands volunteering activity was held on 24 April. One-hundred-seventy employee volunteers supported over 700 primary and secondary students, as well as teachers from six schools across Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories. Clad in their brightly-coloured shirts, Microsoft employees spent a day sharing their knowledge and passion, and demonstrated their commitment to working responsibly, empowering the youth to realise their full potential.
In line with International Women’s Day and the government school holidays, Microsoft Singapore employees hosted 15 girls and five volunteers from a girls’ home. To them, visiting the Microsoft office was already an eye-opener, but they were in for a full programme!
The girls were first treated to a coding workshop where they created virtual worlds in Kodu Game Lab. Amanda Chew, Inside Sales Account Specialist at Microsoft, inspired the girls by telling them her own life story, and encouraged them to achieve even more. Volunteers led them through the Microsoft Technology Centre where they got a peek of the latest technologies and toured the open work areas to personally witness how Microsoft employees work in the office.