Thursday, October 17, 2013

Microsoft's 2013 Citizenship Report

On October 7, Microsoft made available its 2013 Citizenship Report. Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager for Citizenship and Public Affairs comments in the Official Microsoft blog:
In an effort to help us further integrate human rights into our culture and throughout our operations, we launched the Microsoft Technology and Human Rights Center. Among other duties, the Center will develop an annual program of events and engagements to advance understanding of the human rights impact of information and communications technology.
The Corporate Citizenship initiatives and results described in this report are a reflection of the work our employees do, day-in and day-out, to create technology that improves peoples’ lives and to operate our business in ways that meet the highest standards of corporate social responsibility. We recognize that there is always more that we can do, and we welcome ongoing feedback from our many stakeholders around the world. Please let us know your thoughts…we look forward to hearing from you."
Among the references is the Business and Human Rights Resource Center that mentions
as Key international standards, the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights: articles 23 and 24.
But strangely omits the Annual Holidays with Pay Convention (C 132)
Unfortunately there is no way to post a comment on the mentioned Microsoft's blog nor on the Huffington Post's blog of Lori Forte Harnick. So how are we supposed to provide our most desired feedback? I found the answer on page 153 of the report:

We welcome your feedback on this report and on the Microsoft Citizenship approach. Please email your comments to or write to us at the following address:

Microsoft Corporate Citizenship
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052, United States

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