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Microsoft’s CSR Reports For 2015 Is Among The First Ones To Incorporate ‘UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework’


Microsoft publishes its CSR reports for the year of 2015 in with its social, ethical, and environmental commitments.

Dailycsr.com – 04 November 2015 – In the month of October 2015, the Microsoft Company has come up with its “Citizenship Report” for the year of 2015, wherein it gives a report on the compliances of its commitments which spread across multiple fields like “ethical business conduct and governance, its people, empowering communities, human rights, responsible sourcing and manufacturing, and environmental sustainability”.
The said report is a conjunction to the annual report of Microsoft that reflects the “core belief” of the company through its “citizenship commitments and actions”, whereby it contributed “long-term value to society and to its business”.  
Moreover, the report has been formulated in accordance to the “G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines” whereby an entire “Global Reporting Initiative’s” content index has been attached herewith. In fact, the “Microsoft 2015 Citizenship Report” falls under the category of the companies that complied with the “UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework”. The latter framework offers a “comprehensive guidance” to companies for preparing reports on “how they respect human rights”.
However, below are a few highlighted points included in the “Microsoft 2015 Citizenship Report” which has been enlisted in Ethicalperformance.com:
  • Details of Microsoft’s carbon neutrality program and carbon fee, which in FY15 funded internal efficiency projects, the purchase of more than  3 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy  (equal to 100 percent of its global electricity use), and  a carbon offset project portfolio representing more than 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
  • Reporting on Microsoft’s commitments to responsible sourcing, ranging from key findings from supplier audits and assessments to discussion of new policies designed to ensure that Microsoft’s U.S. suppliers provide paid leave to their employees who handle its work.
  • Updates on Microsoft’s work empowering communities, including a report out on Microsoft’s work to increase access to education and opportunity for young people. This year Microsoft surpassed the 3-year goal for its YouthSpark initiative by creating opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship for 307 million youth worldwide. In addition, in FY15 Microsoft made more than $922 million in technology donations to more than 120,000 nonprofit organizations globally.