Microsoft formalizes policy on responsible materials sourcing

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 Read more »

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 Read more »

Which state will be next to recognize computer science as a math or science credit in high school?

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Yesterday, Washington took an important step in helping create new opportunities for our state’s children and our economy. , General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft and several students look on as Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee signs SHB1472 into law at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. [Read more...] Community Tag

Why Cloud Computing Is Efficient Computing

Over the weekend, the New York Times began publishing a series that looks at the environmental and local economic impacts of cloud computing. We’ve posted our perspective on these issues on the Global Foundation Services blog. We may not agree with all of the conclusions that the Times reaches, but we appreciate their attention to these important topics. The impact of the cloud on energy and sustainability are critical issues Read more »

Reporting In from the Corporate Sustainability Forum at RIO+20

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Over the weekend, we participated in the UN Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum, the main private sector convening forum at Rio+20. The forum kicked off on Friday with a video message and welcome from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he declared that “corporate sustainability is an idea whose time has come.” We certainly agree with that statement, which is why Microsoft announced as part of the UN’s Sustainable Energy For Read more »

Look For Us at Rio+20

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The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, otherwise known as Rio+20, will kick off this week from June 12 to June 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The objective of Rio+20 is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development from political and business leaders across the globe. More than 100 heads of state and over 60,000 delegates are expected to attend the summit, which would make it the largest Read more »

Microsoft Recognized by EPA as Leading Green Power Purchaser

Last week, in my “Earth Day 2012: A progress report” blog post, I was happy to report that, through a combination of energy efficiency measures and an investment in high-quality externally verified renewable energy and carbon reduction projects, Microsoft met its goal of reducing our carbon emissions by at least 30 percent per unity of revenue below our 2007 baseline. [Read more...] Community Tag

Microsoft Shares Perspective on Climate Change Policy

As I recently blogged, Microsoft has a delegation participating in the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as COP17. With those negotiations ongoing, we thought it was a good time to pull together the perspectives we’ve shared over the past several years on climate change policy. Three years ago, we adopted a broad policy statement on climate change, which reflects clear support for government policy to Read more »

Microsoft at COP17: Working Together to Organize Environmental Data

Microsoft is in Durban, South Africa, this week for the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as COP17. This year, Microsoft is teaming up with a number of organizations to demonstrate how data visualization tools can help transform our understanding of the world. I have little doubt that we can transform how people make decisions about issues surrounding our environment by providing people, organizations and policy Read more »