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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Cultivating the future of CSR, MBA students debate the issues with Microsoft

    One of the great things about my job is that I get to regularly talk with students across the country about Corporate Citizenship. Recently I had the opportunity to talk with students a little closer to home when I was at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business to work with a few...
  • Blog Post: BSR’s Aron Cramer talks about trust in business

    Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with Aron Cramer, CEO of Business for Social Responsibility following Richard Edelman’s session on the findings of the latest Edelman Trust Barometer. Aron was kind enough to share his views on the importance of trust for businesses today. Watch...
  • Blog Post: Help your favorite nonprofit get a software donation

    Today we’re announcing updates to our nonprofit software donations program to enable more nonprofits around the world to get easier access to the technology they need, when they need it. While we currently provide software donations to over 40,000 nonprofits each year, we’re just getting...
  • 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: Just four of 170 million stories

    Microsoft's Community Technology Skills Program began in 2003. Since then, 170 million individuals have been touched by the program around the world - individuals who used the Community Technology Centers to brush up on their skills; others who took a more intensive training course and ultimately received...
  • Blog Post: Seattle Works Redefines its Office Space with the Cloud

    Last Friday we had the pleasure of announcing Seattle Works as one of three worthy winners of the Tech for Good Contest sponsored by Microsoft and TechSoup. With so many great entries, it was hard to pick just three winners, but Seattle Works rose to the top for their innovative use of the cloud as a...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Sustainability @ Microsoft: A Progress Report

    Over the past few weeks we’ve posted several important public reports on our progress advancing environmental sustainability at Microsoft, including the Environmental Sustainability chapter in our just-released 2011 Citizenship Report and our 7 th annual filing with the independent Carbon Disclosure...
  • Blog Post: Corporate Governance at Microsoft: A Look Back and a Look Ahead

    By John Seethoff, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft With the approach of Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting on November 15 th , I am excited to take a look back at some of the recent results of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to promote the long-term interests of our shareholders...
  • Blog Post: Creative Capitalism, a CEO’s Viewpoint

    I had a pleasure of moderating a discussion with Arunas A. Chesonis , the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PAETEC , founded in 1998. I wanted to understand from him why he-as a CEO and business leader-invests in his community in the city of Rochester, New York, and why he has developed...
  • Blog Post: Envisioning Business at its Best

    ‘Envisioning Business at its Best’ is the timely theme for the annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit that begins today, a key program sponsored by the New York-based Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Over the next two days CECP members, practitioners, thought leaders, government...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 6 th annual list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies . Ethisphere evaluated...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Framing the Role of Business in Society

    The United Nations Global Compact and the United National Millennium Development Goals "A great society is a society in which its men of business think greatly of their functions." - Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947) During the 1999 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Sharing the Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report

    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...
  • Blog Post: Bringing local impact to life

    Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International Storytelling is a time-honored tradition in communities and cultures around the globe. However in today’s world, getting the best stories to break through the “noise” can sometimes be a challenge, considering all the digital...
  • Blog Post: Voting opens for the Boston College Citizenship Film Festival

    Voting has opened for this year's Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship's annual Film Festival. The Film Festival was created to demonstrate the power of video to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR). We're among more than 30 companies that have a video showcased in...
  • Blog Post: A Commentary: The Role of Research in Corporate Social Responsibility

    By Christopher T. Coward Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington Information School Since 2005, the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School has been working with Microsoft’s Community Affairs group to study the impact and...
  • Blog Post: Corporate Citizenship – You’re Gonna Make it After All

    I'm writing this blog post from a coffee shop in downtown Minneapolis. I'm here this week attending the Boston College Conference on Corporate Citizenship. As some of you may recall, Minneapolis is the setting for the Mary Tyler Moore show . When I think of the lyrics to the show...

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