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I'm pleased to share with you the Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report. The report provides an overview and assessment of our work over the past fiscal year (July 2010 to June 2011) to serve communities and work responsibly.
We release our Citizenship Report at the same time as our Annual Financial Report to give our broad base of stakeholders a full view of Microsoft’s financial and non-financial performance. Corporate responsibility means more than returning value to shareholders – it means engaging with stakeholders to address our responsibilities in the areas of environmental, social and governance issues. We believe all corporations have, as part of their license to operate, a responsibility to contribute positively to society on a global scale. To quote our company’s founder, Bill Gates: “It takes more than great products to make a great company.”
Our Citizenship Report details our efforts to increase business value while also benefitting society. Our goal is to provide continued transparency and accountability across our business operations. To support this, we have evolved our reporting to candidly and thoughtfully discuss our social and environmental performance, our progress against goals and our focus going forward. We clearly share where we are on track, where we are falling short and how we intend to close the gaps.
Throughout the report you will find examples of how our Citizenship efforts are influencing how we conduct our business, engage with partners and stakeholders, and fulfill our commitment to strengthening communities and providing opportunities for individuals around the world.
I’m proud of the progress we made this past fiscal year. The following are just a few examples:
The report also discusses areas where we have opportunities for improvement, such as continuing to diversify our workforce and reducing our carbon footprint. The data and analysis in the report and the conversations they inspire will inform continued improvement in our business and Citizenship performance.
I hope you can take a few moments to review the report online, and I also encourage you to visit the Microsoft Local Impact Map to find stories of individuals and communities that have been impacted by our programs. For more on our strategies, areas of focus, and latest news, visit www.microsoft.com/citizenship.
Finally, I hope you will share your thoughts with us and provide feedback on our report, please e-mail us at: email@example.com.
Posted by Dan Bross
Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft
Today is the start of a very special month at Microsoft. It’s a time when our people invest their energy, passion and creativity in raising funds for nonprofit and community organizations.
While employees give their time and money throughout the year, October is the time that individuals and groups come together to raise money and resources for their favorite cause or community group. Every full time Microsoft employee in the United States can take advantage of corporate matching of up to $12,000 for the donations they make to nonprofit and community organizations. They also have the opportunity to volunteer their time and have those hours matched with a per hour payment to the chosen organization.
The 5K run which takes place on our Redmond campus is one of the largest giving events with over 1,700 runners last year.
2010 was the largest year of employee giving in the company’s history. Over $96 million was raised during the year (with corporate matching) benefitting more than 16,000 nonprofit organizations – and $53 million was raised in October alone.
That sets a tough target for this year but everyone is committed to making it the best year ever.
During the next four weeks there will be hundreds of employee-driven fundraising events from the popular 5K run to auctions, poker tournaments, employee-created photo books, music albums and much more.
As you’d expect, technology plays a role in making the Giving campaign successful. From our internal Give site which provides all the information and tools people need to get involved, to our online Auction site where you can bid for an astonishing array of items through the month and a new online and mobile volunteering application which matches people with organizations.
We’ll keep you updated on some of the more notable events, fundraising ideas and news from this month’s campaign. You can follow updates here on the blog or on Twitter where we’ll be using the hashtag #msftgiving
By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft
Every year at the Imagine Cup, over 300,000 students from around the world come together to solve some of the world’s toughest problems using technology. The array of issues being addressed at the Imagine Cup each year is incredible, from helping students with visual impairments, to supporting refugees, reducing the impact of malaria and helping improve the response to humanitarian disasters. We’ve spent a lot of time in Microsoft thinking about how we can best help some of the teams take their ideas from the competition floor out to market where they can have a real positive impact.
That’s the idea behind the Imagine Cup grants program, which was first announced at the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide finals in New York last July, and is designed to help students bring the benefits of their projects to the world. It’s a three year $3 million program that combines cash, software, consulting and other support, and winners will be announced in early 2012.
The grant process is competitive, and is open to Imagine Cup 2011 worldwide finalist teams. The program is specifically designed to help student teams build a business or nonprofit organization to bring the benefits of their solution to market. We will award up to three teams with grants.
All Imagine Cup 2011 worldwide finalist teams are eligible to apply for these grants starting today with their Imagine Cup 2011 projects.
All the applicants will be judged on four criteria:
1. Project impact and viability
2. Team quality and motivation
3. Solution design and innovation
4. Problem definition.
You can visit the Imagine Cup website to learn more about the Imagine Cup grant award, the criteria and judging process. The applications deadline is November 11, 2011, and the winners will be announced in early 2012.
In the meantime, we’ll keep you up to date on the program and will share the stories of how students are solving some of the world’s toughest problems.
Watch this space!
What if you had 24 hours to make a difference in the lives of people across the world’s 24 time zones? A group of Microsoft employees and pioneering philanthropists asked themselves this question as part of month of Giving at Microsoft. The answer came in the form of an event called “The 24 Hour Global Give and Go”. For a description of the event, here is a quick introduction from John Bartol:
So on October 24, beginning at 4pm on the International Date Line, and continuing at 4pm across 24 time zones, teams of Microsoft employees around the world will be running, biking, swimming, walking, sailing, flying, Kinect’ing, and just plain MOVING for one hour in support of named, local charities.
Have you ever witnessed the Olympic Torch Run? During this marathon the “torch” is passed on the hour, every hour from time zone to time zone. However in this case it’s a virtual torch, a Windows Phone 7. The handover each hour takes place via Microsoft’s internal social media channel OfficeTalk where a photo and post describes the hour journey.
You can follow the progress from around the world, throughout the day, on the Microsoft Citizenship Twitter and Facebook where we will be posting photos.
So far this year, 230 employees have raised over $12,000, much of which will be matched by local Microsoft subsidiaries.
If you want to see what 24 hours of global giving looks like, stay tuned with us.
The trip begins at 8pm PST, Sunday October 23. Below you will find updates from our teams around the world!
The first hour of the Global Give & Go is done! Here is the BATON PASS!!! KEEP GOING! -John Bartol and Nicole Fiset (pictured above).
90 plus registered in Japan to run & Kinect dance to raise 5,800USD to support the community in quake affected Eastern Japan!”- Mitch Tsunoda
Kinect dancing for a good cause!
Team Japan passes on the baton! Keep going!!
Team Shanghai is ready to rock at Xuhui park despite the cold rainy conditions.
Team Beijing did a ping pong event. Good luck to the other time zone teams!
India Hyderabad team all set for good warm up jog before the big game of cricket for Global Giving Campaign.
Another India team starts it Mega run at the park of Historic Qutub Minar
Passing the baton from India using Windows Phone 7
And passed on again for Armenia... Go Go Go!! -Doug Pierson
Team London warmed up and set out on a run described as "A brilliant day in London" by Inga Sheppard
The UK team is gearing up for various activities and representing their colors proudly!
A little bit of exercise for good, and the UK team passes on the baton. Keep going!
Team France prepares for the day's activities with a brain excercise
Team France passes the baton after their activity.
In Germany you could swim or skate. According to their team, "German Inline Skaters "survived" with nobody injured! :) Keep it rolling!"
In Mexico, Manuel Herrera Trejo walked around campus in support of his cause, and passed the baton off with the pictures you see above. Keep going!
Passing the baton from Brazil to GMT -3! Keep going!
Microsoft Staff gathered at Lucky Strike lanes in Bellevue, WA, to knock down pins for a few good causes.
Joined in partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, a good chunk of change was raised between bowling pledges and a silent auction hosted by the Hawks. One last baton pass over to Seattle for the final hour of the 24 Hour Give and Go!
Nicole Fiset leads the final leg of the 24 Hour Give and Go, kicking it off with this photo!
And the going is complete!! Great work everyone for making the 24 Hour Global Give and Go such a success!
October is a month of giving back at Microsoft when employees around the United States host or participate in events to raise money for nonprofits. There are hundreds of events taking place across the company throughout the month, but we’ve found a new favorite.
The Plastic Pink Flamingo Flock!
During October at Microsoft, for a small sum donated to the nonprofit of your choosing - and matched by Microsoft - you can have your co-worker Flocked.
What is that, you may ask.
Well, your chosen victim will arrive into their office to face their work day, only to find it filled with those infamous and charming pink Flamingo yard statues. Awesome.
But it doesn’t end there. There are actually four flock options:
1) Flock‘em – your standard offering where you can have your colleague’s office stuffed with Flamingos
2) Flock Migration - allows the ‘flocked’ victim to pass the flock over to another colleague (increased donation over option 1)
3) Flocksurance – enables you to protect yourself from an unexpected flocking (increased donation over option 2)
4) Flocksurance Side Stepper – this is the premium product which allows you to override another person’s Flocksurance.
Now, this all sounds very interesting, but we felt that we couldn’t report on this particular initiative without seeing it in action.
So we decided to try it out on a beloved colleague.
Here’s the report on Flocking in action.
Editor’s Note: The Flamingo Flock was the brainchild of the Operations team at Microsoft. And please be assured no birds were harmed in the process of this flocking. We assure you the offices are kept cozy overnight, Microsoft also has all the free pop, coffee, and water you can drink.
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