Microsoft Thailand has received an award from the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) for being one of 34 companies that carried out exemplary corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes in 2012.

Kristie Kenney (third from right), US Ambassador to Thailand, presented Microsoft Thailand with the Silver Status Award, given to companies that receive the ACE recognition for three consecutive years

This marks the third consecutive year in which Microsoft Thailand has been recognised under the AMCHAM Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Recognition Programme (ACE). The ACE recognition was presented to Microsoft on 23 November 2012 for its Building Employability Through Technology and Entrepreneurship Resources (BETTER) programme, which is focused on building information technology (IT) capacity and generating better job opportunities in Thailand.

Microsoft also garnered the Silver Status Award, a special accolade presented to companies that receive the ACE recognition for three consecutive years.

Joe Mannix, AMCHAM Thailand President said, “This is a very special day for Microsoft and I would like to congratulate them for three straight years of ACE excellence recognition. This is actually Microsoft’s fifth ACE award so far – a truly proud accomplishment. Microsoft has continuously and creatively implemented its CSR projects by deploying its unique IT expertise around the country. The result is that this company has transformed Thailand’s knowledge economy and elevated Thai society.” 

Microsoft Thailand was also recognised for its US Creative Partnership programme, which builds knowledge-economy job skills by engaging Thai workers in public and private development. Microsoft’s CSR projects are aimed at building long-term economic and social growth in Thailand, as well as enabling employees and partners to participate by sharing its collective knowledge and effective working guidelines.

Desarack Teso, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director of Microsoft Thailand, said, “The BETTER project is aligned with one of the key priorities of the Thai government to enhance the skills of the Thai workforce, as part of the build-up to regional integration under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. BETTER programmes are developed in close collaboration with the Department of Skill Development and the Ministry of Labour in Thailand, as well as the Kenan Institute Asia, to keep the curriculum relevant to current IT education requirements — by including Microsoft® OfficeInternet basics and Cloud System Management software.”  

“Microsoft has continuously and creatively implemented its CSR projects by deploying its unique IT expertise around the country.”

- Joe Mannix, President, AMCHAM Thailand