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  • Blog Post: The EU-Africa Business Forum: ICT for Regional Economic Growth

    The current moment is a particularly challenging one for the continent of Africa. Following in line with the global economic crisis, growth in Africa is now expected to be only 2.8 percent in 2009, following five years of consecutive growth above 5.5 percent. Yet no time is more important than now to...
  • Blog Post: Video: Employee giving and social entrepreneurs at Microsoft

    The third session we are sharing from our recent Accelerator Summit was hosted by Lisa Brummel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Microsoft and looked at how our employees are making a difference in the community from supporting existing nonprofits, volunteering their time, and even setting...
  • Blog Post: Earth Day 2012: A progress report

    Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the Software Enabled Earth blog . By Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft Corporation Three years ago, Microsoft adopted a broad environmental strategy that included commitments both to reduce the impact of our operations and products...
  • Blog Post: The importance of technology leadership for nonprofits

    Last week, Microsoft Community Affairs hosted a Nonprofit Technology Leaders Summit on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington. The summit brought together leaders from a variety of our nonprofit partners, including NetHope , NPower , NTEN , and others. We spent two days discussing the role technology...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Trust and the Mysterious Corporation

    By Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft Most image and reputation experts agree that trust is a positive driver of image and reputation, and trust is earned. If trust is in fact earned, how can a corporation earn trust if it is a mystery? I am not talking about the products...
  • Blog Post: Grants Awarded to Four Puget Sound Organizations at Opening of Microsoft Bellevue Retail Store

    Posted by: Jane Broom Today, Microsoft opened our seventh Microsoft Store, right here in our backyard in Bellevue, Washington. As with each of our previous store openings, we awarded grants to local community organizations as part of the Grand Opening. At a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning...
  • Blog Post: Back-to-school with centers of technology excellence

    It’s back-to-school this month for nearly 56 million K-12 students in the U.S. Many will participate in afterschool programs that offer supervised activities for children of working parents or caregivers and providing developmental opportunities to urban and rural youth. Boys & Girls Clubs...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Cross Post: Exploring the Role of Corporate Political Donations

    Editor’s note: Today, Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft has published an interesting look at the role of corporate political donations, particularly in the United States following the Citizens United decision. Bross writes: “Corporations have responded to the ‘Citizens...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: NTEN Technology Leadership Academy

    N ow more than ever, nonprofit leaders must understand the potential technology has to help them meet their missions. They require effective ways to manage technology and lead others to use tools to further their missions and increase the efficacy of their organizations. Microsoft is pleased to be partnering...
  • Blog Post: Elevate Veterans Sweepstakes Winners Announced

    U.S. Air Force Veteran having fun with Kinect for Xbox 360 at the USO of New York. During Veterans Week 2010, thousands of tweets poured out in support of U.S. Military veterans. The message was an important one, “Help Elevate America’s Veterans”! Microsoft’s Elevate America...
  • Blog Post: CGI Week: Turning ideas into actions that address social and economic issues

    Founded in 2005 by President Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative was created to turn ideas into action creating a more integrated global community with shared benefits, responsibilities, and values. It brings together people from around the world, and channels the capacities of individuals and organizations...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Elevate America nonprofits grant program

    Today we are launching the Elevate America community initiative , a new grant program that will support nonprofit organizations offering employment services, including technology skills training and job placement, in local communities across the United States. To support this initiative, we are committing...
  • Blog Post: EPA names the Top 50 green power purchasers in the U.S.

    Earlier today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an updated list of the Top 50 purchasers on green power in the United States including clean, renewable electricity from solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower. The top ten purchasers are: Intel Kohl’s Department Stores Microsoft Wal...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft helps launch the Campaign for the Common Good

    By Tracy Nilles, Vice President, Global Corporate Leadership at United Way Worldwide October 25 marked the launch of the United Way Campaign for the Common Good —a national effort to mobilize millions of people and organizations across the country to take action and improve the education, income...
  • Blog Post: Corporate Citizenship is a critical component in developing future leaders

    By Shannon Banks, Worldwide Leadership Development Consultant, Microsoft I still remember the day, two years ago, when I hit send on the email. As a leadership development consultant at Microsoft, I was responsible for designing the appropriate experience for 30 of our most talented senior leaders...
  • Blog Post: Everyone can make a difference in their local community

    One of the biggest days of the year for employee community engagement at Microsoft is United Way of King County’s Day of Caring. Last Friday, September 24, over 10,000 friends, neighbors, colleagues and citizens volunteered in their communities around King County to assist non-profits and individual’s...
  • Blog Post: Lowy Institute and the Millennium Development Goals

    I was recently invited to speak on a panel at an event being hosted by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australia. The event was themed “Advancing Innovative Development and Aid Strategies in the Asia Pacific: Advancing the Millennium Development Goals”. The conference aimed to...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to the Non Profit Times Top 50

    The Non Profit Times just announced its NPT Power and Influence Top 50 leaders (PDF) in the nonprofit community. This year’s selection was weighted toward the technology, social entrepreneurs and public service agenda. Paul Clolery in his write up announcing the selection reports that leveraging...
  • Blog Post: Top five Microsoft Citizenship posts of 2010

    As the year comes to an end it’s a great opportunity to both look forward to the coming year and review what’s happened over the past twelve months. We thought it would be interesting to highlight the top stories on the blog for 2010 as voted by our readers through their visits. It...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s 2010 Citizenship Report Released

    Read a good book lately? If not, try “Social Responsibilities of Business Corporations. Sorry to disappoint you Kindle and Nook junkies but it likely isn’t available for download since it was published in 1971. Amazing isn’t it? Corporate Social Responsibility (we call it Corporate...

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