Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft), is a technology company that develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services, and devices. Its products include operating systems, cross-device productivity applications, server applications, business solution applications, desktop and server management tools, software development tools, and video games. The company also designs, manufactures, and sells devices, including personal computers, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, which integrate with its cloud-based offerings.
Microsoft demonstrates a comprehensive approach to operating responsibly with respect to the environment, its employees, and customers. To manage the environmental impact of its hardware products, Microsoft responsibly sources raw materials, conducts life cycle assessments, and publishes an “Eco-Profile” for each of its products. The company also offers product recycling programs to ensure that all products are properly handled during the end-of-life phase. Other key highlights include ISO 14001 environmental management certification at all manufacturing facilities; carbon neutrality since 2012; and an internal carbon fee, which funds renewable energy and carbon offset projects. Because of its continued commitment to creating innovative technologies and strong employment packages, Microsoft has become a marquee employer within the technology industry. The company maintains this reputation by offering competitive compensation packages and a variety of non-salary benefits and flexible work arrangements. Lastly, Microsoft protects its customers’ information through its broad information security platform—namely, by mandating periodic privacy training for all employees, limiting access to user data to designated staff, regular inspections and oversight.
Microsoft has faced a number of anti-trust allegations in the US and Europe. In addition, the company has faced a number of serious labor rights incidents, including allegations of child labor and inhumane working conditions.
Industry: Information Technology
Country: United States
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