Last Updated:

10/11/20 4:18 PM

overall rating:

undertones approved

Microsoft

Internal Representation & Support
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56%

Public Commitment
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72%

External Communication
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82%

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To evaluate this pillar, we take into consideration a range of factors, including but not limited to:

- Employee representation

- Diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI)

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We weigh a company’s degree of public commitment primarily on their monetary contributions to DEI matters or organizations fighting racial injustice.

Forms of monetary support we look for:

One-off donations
Recurring donations
Grant initiatives
Employee donation matching

 

Highlights

Microsoft donated significant amounts specifically toward Black communities (a total of $235 million in the form of one-off donations, investment funds, financing, justice reform initiatives, and an increase in diverse suppliers).

Lowlights

Microsoft's social media activity around Black Lives Matter dropped off significantly after June, resulting in its efforts feeling performative.

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We scour the company’s website and official social media channels to determine what message they are sending around racial injustice, how they are communicating it, and whether their communications are perceived as genuine or performative.

Public statement: We verify that companies have made a formal statement regarding racial injustice.

Social media: We consider how a company uses their platform(s) beyond performative allyship.

Representation: For companies that have the opportunity to showcase diversity in their feed, we consider whether they have adequate Black representation and BIPOC representation across their models. 

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Deep Dive

I. Internal Representation & Support:

Board of Directors:

8% - 9% Black, 21% - 25% BIPOC, 41% - 45% Women

Executive Leadership:

0% (none) Black, 16% - 20% BIPOC, 11% - 20% Women

4% - 5% Black, > 40% BIPOC, 26% - 30% Women

Workforce:

An appointed DEI senior leader and/or a dedicated DEI organization, A Black employee resource group

DEI Support:

II. Public Commitment

Microsoft has pledged a donation of 0.1% - 0.9% of annual revenue towards racial injustice, specifically for Black lives. Additionally, Microsoft has engaged in actions that advance racial justice and/or uplift BIPOC communities, such as partnerships with nonprofits or mission-based organizations, sponsorship of individuals who use their platform to speak out on racial injustice, and matching donations to a broad range of qualifying organizations. Microsoft is also an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, and people living with disabilities.

III. External Communications

Microsoft has issued a public statement, both on social media and in a public memo, addressing racial injustice The public statement acknowledged that they can be doing better to combat racial inequality within their company, included specific calls to action, and explicitly stated "Black Lives Matter." Since June 2020, 0.1% - 9% of the brand's social media content has been centered around racial injustice with posts seeming performative in nature. The brand has made an effort to include ethnic diversity, specifically increasing Black representation, and has shown support of the LGBTQ+ community beyond Pride as well as inclusion of people living with disabilities or a wide range of models with varying body types on social media.
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