“To really make a difference, it’s not enough to build great products and services. Living up to our mission also depends on how well we apply our technology, talent and financial resources to foster opportunity and serve the needs of communities around the globe where our employees, partners and customers live.” – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
The Microsoft 2015 Citizenship Report was recently released, providing a comprehensive picture of how we can become a responsible corporate citizen by living up to our societal responsibilities and investing in communities through our philanthropic work. Here is a look into our Citizenship work in Asia Pacific.
To help close the opportunity gap for millions of youth around the world, our global YouthSpark initiative provides philanthropic contributions to more than 400 youth-serving organisations in more than 100 countries. For instance, our Indonesian YouthSpark partner, YCAB Foundation, aims to address social issues such as drug abuse, street crime and the rising rate of school dropouts among Indonesian youth. Operating in 33 provincial cities and municipalities across the country, YCAB has become one of the country’s leading social enterprises, with a strong focus on providing economic assistance and educational opportunities.
In the event of a disaster, Microsoft and our partners contribute resources and technology solutions to assist governments and humanitarian organisations in their emergency response efforts. During the past year, we provided support to address a number of disasters around the word, including relief efforts necessitated by two major earthquakes in Nepal. On top of offering free Skype calls in and out of the country, we also trained student partners from the Microsoft Innovation Center in Kathmandu, so that they could help others connect with loved ones through Windows Phones and Skype. Our Microsoft Consulting Services Team also provided a range of free technology services to agencies working on relief efforts including the United Nations Development Programme. You can view a video report here.
Globally, we donated more than US$922 million in software and services to more than 120,000 nonprofit organisations around the globe, including more than one million new Office 365 licenses for nonprofit workers and their strategic volunteers. New Zealand’s High Tech Youth Network, for example, received cash, software and services to help them provide pathways for young, underserved Kiwis who are interested in pursuing careers in the IT industry. Find out more from Ofoi Taumoelau, a young woman from Auckland, about the impact that Microsoft is making through grant making and the YouthSpark programme.
We are proud of how we have worked together with employees, partners and communities to make a positive difference, and we are inspired by the opportunities that lie ahead for all of us—allowing us to leave a lasting impact in the world.
Read the full Microsoft 2015 Citizenship Report here.