The Standard for Responsible Mining: A collaborative effort to help improve global mining standards

This week, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released the second and revised draft version of the Standard for Responsible Mining, a multi-sector-led effort to certify social and environmental performance at industrial-scale mine sites around the world. Gold, iron ore, copper and many other minerals and metals are used in everything from cellphones, jewelry, to building materials and auto parts. Mining companies recognize the expectation to manage their process Read more »

Microsoft and The Natural Capital Project join forces to transform the way we evaluate the services that nature provides

What is the economic value to cities of parks and trees that reduce storm runoff, lower air temperature and improve air quality? What is the value of a wetland that can significantly reduce storm surge damage? What is the value of a forest that prevents landslides, improves air quality and water quality? What would happen if we invested in re-establishing coastal habitats like wetlands and reefs vs. building more cement Read more »

A more sustainable future: SMARTer 2030 Report finds ICT can reduce global carbon emissions by 20 percent

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At Microsoft, we believe technology has tremendous potential to address environmental challenges. A new report, the SMARTer 2030 Report, released on Tuesday at the Bonn Climate Change Conference by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), emphatically affirms the positive role that information and communications technology (ICT) can play in achieving a more sustainable world. While historically economic growth has come with increasing carbon emissions, the report identifies ICT as a way Read more »

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?

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

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

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 »