Lessons From a Social Media Lead: Using Tech to Prep

Microsoft has a long history of working with leading humanitarian response organizations dedicated to disaster preparedness and recovery.  This week we are proud to team up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help raise awareness of resources, tools, and tips that can help you stay safe during a natural disaster.  In this blog…


Congrats to Microsoft Partners Ignify, RBA and Dell for Outstanding Achievements in Citizenship

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs Microsoft has an enduring commitment to working to fulfill our public responsibilities and to serving the needs of people in communities worldwide. Fundamental to this commitment is the role we serve as a responsible corporate citizen. As our company has grown, this commitment has extended far…


A Look at the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

By Caroline Rees, President of SHIFT I took the liberty last week of telling a room full of institutional investors that they reminded me of Dutch beer. I think I got away with it, but let me explain. The event was a dinner hosted by Microsoft and Hermes with around 60 investors attending a conference…


2013 United Way Spirit of America and Summit Awards

Congratulations to science and technology company 3M for winning the 2013 United Way Spirit of America® award for philanthropy, volunteer engagement and community impact! Microsoft also received two Summit awards from United Way for our community impact and volunteer engagement. The awards program recognizes outstanding United Way Global Corporate Leaders. “At Microsoft we really do…


Celebrating St Patrick’s Day is a close shave for a great cause

St. Baldrick’s Microsoft Silicon Valley event raises over $13,000 for childhood cancer research Irish dancers, shamrock-green Guinness, and a floor covered in hair made Thursday evening a night to remember at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley HQ. More than 40 people shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s, a nonprofit that fundraises for childhood cancer research. “I’m doing…


“Ask Me Anything” with Senior Director Akhtar Badshah

Our Senior Director of Citizenship Akhtar Badshah, who leads Microsoft’s global corporate philanthropy and community initiatives, recently traveled to India to accept an award for Global CSR Excellence and Leadership at the World CSR Congress, where he spoke about Microsoft YouthSpark as an example of a global CSR program. Akhtar travels a lot, so we…


New European partnerships aim to tackle youth unemployment

Earlier today as part of our global YouthSpark initiative we held an event in Brussels with representatives from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to discuss the challenges facing young people in Europe. Around the world the prolonged economic downturn has disproportionately affected youth and it’s no different in Europe. The unemployment rate for 15-24…


Microsoft at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: Real Impact for a Better Tomorrow

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs Microsoft’s attendance at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland is a tradition that was started by Microsoft Co-Founder and Chairman Bill Gates. It’s an opportunity for us to participate in an international dialogue about the world’s most pressing economic and social…


Microsoft Citizenship: 2012 in Photos

During the World Economic Forum in January, we hosted a roundtable discussion with experts from around the globe to discuss the challenges facing young people around the world. Also during the World Economic Forum, representatives of the first teams to win Imagine Cup Grants met with Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates to discuss their…


Top 12 Posts of 2012

2012 was a busy year. One of the highlights for us was the launch of Microsoft YouthSpark, a new company-wide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million young people over the next three years in education, employment and entrepreneurship. 2012 was also our 30th employee giving campaign and this year Microsoft employees topped $1 billion…