Global Impact

Advancing Sustainable Development through an Internal Price on Carbon — Microsoft’s Approach to Harnessing Tech and Innovation to Advance the SDGs

This week, the U.N. hosted a great event in New York exploring how science, technology and innovation can advance the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme, ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world’, aligns closely with Microsoft’s mission to help every person and organization on the planet achieve more, and we were […]

Collaborating with Cities for Sustainability

Tomorrow is Earth Day, a chance to renew our commitment to being responsible stewards of the planet’s vital natural resources. Throughout the week here on our blog, we’ve highlighted many ways that Microsoft is working—through our staff and with our business and nonprofit partners around the world—to bring our tools and technology to bear in […]

Microsoft Expands Support for The Nature Conservancy for Earth Day

This week on our blog, we’ve highlighted ways that Microsoft, its employees and its business partners are leveraging new technology to improve the sustainability of their companies and communities. Today, we are focusing on our nonprofit partners, including a new grant to The Nature Conservancy that expands on our broader support for nonprofits globally. In […]

Transforming Industry for a Smarter, Greener Tomorrow

Yesterday on our blog we highlighted the people within Microsoft who are hacking sustainability to find new and innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems – from energy to e-waste to agriculture. Microsoft is committed to fostering sustainable change both within our own organization and at scale across the globe. But it’s an effort that no […]

For Microsoft Employees, Earth Day is Everyday

What do tracking bees, optimizing smart grids, helping farmers in India determine the best time to sow their crops, and recycling used e-devices have in common? These are just some of the passions that I have seen Microsoft employees embrace and pursue, carrying the spirit of Earth Day with them throughout the year. They are […]

Welcome to Earth Week: Empowering every person and organization on the planet to thrive in a resource-constrained world

On April 22nd, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day. Now in its 47th year, Earth Day presents a great opportunity to celebrate our planet, while recommitting ourselves to making positive changes. Earth Day is also a time to reflect on where we have been and what the road ahead looks like. As I […]

World Water Day 2017 – Transforming the Way the World Uses Water

Tomorrow is World Water Day, and in honor of that day, we want to recognize all that water does for us that we don’t usually see. Much of the world’s water is hard at work in the production and delivery of nearly all goods and services, from apples to zippers. And the amount of water […]

Our Commitment to A Carbon-Neutral Future

This week, I attended the 22nd session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, where I was proud to speak about Microsoft’s actions to work towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future at several events and with representatives from around the world. One of the common themes has been the role of […]

On Location: How Microsoft’s Carbon Fee is Empowering Communities in Africa

While climate change has become an increasingly critical and highly-discussed topic in first world nations, many developing nations are facing the most immediate impacts of extreme and changing weather patterns. These countries are facing severe challenges such as agricultural damage and displacement due to floods and widespread drought. As many living in these countries are […]

Microsoft Announces Two New Partnerships that Leverage Cloud Capabilities for Smarter Energy Policy and Deployment

The Paris climate accord is on pace to enter into force well ahead of schedule. Now, the world’s attention is shifting to the immense task of formulating strategies and solutions that will allow countries to reduce their carbon emissions. Addressing climate change will require action not only from these national governments, but also from private […]