Microsoft Research Provides New Cloud Computing Access to Support Climate Studies

By Steve Lippman, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Big Data is becoming an increasingly important tool for helping scientists predict the long-term impacts of climate change, such as the likelihood of extreme rainfall events. In recognition of this and in response to President Barack Obama’s Climate Data Initiative announced last summer, Microsoft Research is launching…


Demonstrating Commitment Through Action

By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs To speak with any credibility, companies must demonstrate their commitment to human rights through actions – not just words, says Dan Bross, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft on the London School of Economics and Political Science's blog. As outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and…


Building Better Businesses and a Better World

By Steve Lippman, Director, Corporate Citizenship One of the great benefits of working for Microsoft is the wide range of authors, researchers, and policymakers who come to our campus to speak. This week we had the opportunity to hear from Alice Korngold, a well-known blogger and author who writes on topics of sustainability, corporate social…


Do Castles in the Air Have Conference Rooms?

By Steve Lippman, Director, Microsoft Citizenship When I say I recently spent time with idealists, what do you picture? Young people volunteering on a political campaign? A scientist working to unlock the secrets to cleaner energy or fight a deadly disease? How about MBAs, businesspeople, investors, and leaders of startups? If you guessed the latter,…


Raising the Next Billion for Nonprofits with Enhanced Microsoft Employee Giving Program

By Karen Bergin, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs (From left to right) Microsoft employees Vatsala Isaac, Kendall McElliott, Rachel Ash, and Gilmere Vieira at the company’s 5K Run/Walk, an annual Employee Giving Campaign tradition In a post on the Official Microsoft Blog today, Chief People Officer Lisa Brummel reflects upon the energy and passion Microsoft…


Live Blog #CSRChat – April 18th 2012

Today we’re delighted to be participating in #CSRChat today and we thought it might be useful to live blog the chat and provide some additional links and resources that might give you some additional insight into Microsoft’s Citizenship work. A big thank you to Susan McPherson (@susanmcp1) who is the energy, brains and brawn behind…


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…


Calling On Our Partners to Showcase Their CSR Efforts

It’s that time of year again, time for us to turn the spotlight on our vast partner network. Each summer, Microsoft honors its partners from around the world for doing creative and innovative work with our products. What some people may not know is that our Corporate Citizenship team hops on that bandwagon to celebrate…


What is CSR and Citizenship at Microsoft?

Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft recently spoke at the Boston College for Corporate Citizenship 2012 International Corporate Citizenship Conference about what CSR and Citizenship means at Microsoft. He covered a range of areas from the importance of picking a passion, to addressing problems quickly and above…


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…