Microsoft Formalizes Their Policy On Materials Used In Packaging And Hardware Supply Chain

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Microsoft Ethics

Microsoft today formalized their policy on materials used in packaging and hardware supply chain. Microsoft is also working to further improve the relevance and quality of the information provided about the content and source of materials used in our products.

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 way to harvested and extracted materials. This is a natural evolution of our Supplier Social and Environmental Accountability (SEA) program. In 2005, we began holding our contracted suppliers accountable to the ethical business, labor, environmental and worker safety practices outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Since then, we’ve expanded our vision for SEA from operating responsibly to operating sustainably. Throughout our supply chain, we are committed to empowering people to do their best while preserving and sustainably using resources and upholding human rights, safety and business ethics.

Our approach is unbounded by specific materials and locations. We are dedicated to achieving our extended responsible sourcing strategy through building capabilities across industry sectors, supporting electronics industry efforts and exercising supply chain due diligence. We also set clear expectations for our suppliers’ sourcing of raw materials.

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