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  • Microsoft formalizes policy on responsible materials sourcing

    Posted by Brian Tobey
    Corporate Vice President, Manufcturing, Supply Chain & Information Services, Microsoft

    As the company moves forward as One Microsoft, we must do an extraordinary job of overcoming complex social and environmental challenges throughout our packaging and hardware supply chain. Recently, we formalized our values and approach around upstream responsible sourcing through “Microsoft’s Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials” policy.

    What’s changed in our thinking? We are extending our positive influence to the furthest reaches of our upstream supply chain – all the way to harvested and extracted materials. This is a natural evolution of our Supplier Social and Environmental Accountability (SEA) program. In 2005, we began holding our contracted suppliers accountable to the ethical business, labor, environmental and worker safety practices outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Since then, we’ve expanded our vision for SEA from operating responsibly to operating sustainably. Throughout our supply chain, we are committed to empowering people to do their best while preserving and sustainably using resources and upholding human rights, safety and business ethics.

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  • California lawmakers consider legislation allowing computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements

    Posted by Robyn Hines
    Senior Director for State Government Affairs, Microsoft

    Continuing the momentum on computer science education, on Wednesday the California State Assembly Committee on Education held a hearing to consider legislation that would allow computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements. The legislation, AB 1764, sponsored by California State Assembly members Kristin Olsen and Joan Buchanan, was passed by the committee and would allow computer science courses to count as a math or science credit.

    Why does this matter? Many industry sectors in U.S. are unable to find the high-skilled talent they need to sustain innovation. Experts estimate that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs. Yet, our colleges and universities are only graduating 50,000 students a year with degrees in computer science. Further compounding the problem, only 19 states and the District of Columbia currently allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements.

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  • Let’s ensure career opportunities for the best and brightest

    Posted by Mary Snapp
    Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

    On Wednesday, Microsoft was honored to be recognized with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) inaugural Champion for Disability Inclusion in the Legal Profession Award for in-house counsel.

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  • UN-HABITAT partners with Microsoft CityNext to address the challenge of 60 million new residents moving to cities each year

     Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT.

    Cities around the world are growing at a rapid pace with no sign of slowing down. More than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, which is estimated to increase to 70 percent of the global population, or more than 6 billion by 2050. The speed of urban migration to cities poses immense challenges for city governments worldwide as many must deal with aging infrastructure and the need to find additional resources to provide health and social services to expanding populations.

    To address these urban challenges, we’re hosting the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF7) in Medellin, Colombia this week, where I’m pleased to announce UN-HABITAT’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft CityNext, which leverages the expertise of both organizations to empower governments, businesses and citizens to drive change across their cities to meet the needs of the growing populations. Technology – from social media to cloud services to big data – is rapidly changing how cities function, develop and prosper.

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  • Microsoft partners with USAID to help end extreme poverty by 2030

     Posted by Anthony Salcito
    Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft

    On Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce that Microsoft is one of 30 inaugural Cornerstone Partners chosen to advance a science and technology-based approach to economic development.

    The Global Development Lab’s mission is to help end the extreme poverty that affects 1.2 billion people on the planet living on just $1.25 a day by 2030. The lab will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security, nutrition, energy, education and climate change, reaching 200 million people in the next five years.

    As Bill Gates challenged world leaders in his “creative capitalism” mandate at the 2008 World Economic Forum, Microsoft has both a moral responsibility and a business imperative to take a leadership role eradicating poverty.

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