2012 Microsoft Citizenship Report now available

Today we’re releasing our 2012 Citizenship Report which provides an overview of our Citizenship work over the past fiscal year (July 2011 to June 2012). As Lori Harnick observes in a post over on the Microsoft on the Issues blog: “The Citizenship Report, in particular, outlines Microsoft’s citizenship goals, progress, and next steps in our…


Making our partners’ causes our causes

Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, we’re announcing the “What’s Your Cause Challenge” which will help support the fantastic work our partners have underway with nonprofits around the world. We believe that together we can have a greater impact, so we are committing to provide free Microsoft software to youth-focused nonprofits nominated…


Cross Post: Exploring the Role of Corporate Political Donations

Editor’s note: Today, Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft has published an interesting look at the role of corporate political donations, particularly in the United States following the Citizens United decision. Bross writes: “Corporations have responded to the ‘Citizens United’ ruling in a variety of ways. Some have decided to ramp up…


EPA names the Top 50 green power purchasers in the U.S.

Earlier today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an updated list of the Top 50 purchasers on green power in the United States including clean, renewable electricity from solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower. The top ten purchasers are: Intel Kohl’s Department Stores Microsoft Wal-Mart Whole Foods Market Staples City of Houston, TX Starbucks City…


Trust and the Mysterious Corporation

By Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft Most image and reputation experts agree that trust is a positive driver of image and reputation, and trust is earned. If trust is in fact earned, how can a corporation earn trust if it is a mystery? I am not talking about the products or…


CR Magazine announces 2012 Best Corporate Citizens List

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Corporate Responsibility Magazine has announced that Microsoft was named among the Top 3 Best Corporate Citizens for 2012. CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List is known as one of the world’s top corporate responsibility rankings. Now in its thirteenth year, the list ranks companies…


Earth Day 2012: A progress report

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the Software Enabled Earth blog. By Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft Corporation Three years ago, Microsoft adopted a broad environmental strategy that included commitments both to reduce the impact of our operations and products and to accelerate the use of information technology in addressing serious environmental…


Who are the world’s most ethical companies?

The Ethisphere Institute, an international think-tank focused on the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability has published their 6th annual list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Ethisphere evaluated 5,000 global companies, including all members of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, on reputation, corporate…


CSR is breaking down the corporate silos

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) hosted by PR Week magazine here in New York.  Joining me around the table were my counterparts at some of world’s leading brands – including McDonald’s; Chevron; Campbell’s; P & G; and L’Oreal.   The often lively discussion covered a range…

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Envisioning Business at its Best

‘Envisioning Business at its Best’ is the timely theme for the annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit that begins today, a key program sponsored by the New York-based Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Over the next two days CECP members, practitioners, thought leaders, government officials and experts in corporate and social engagement will examine their strategies, programs and…

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