Diversity and inclusion isn’t just a business necessity.
It’s the fabric of everything we do and everything we are. That’s why we employ people from over 135 countries and regions. It’s why we actively encourage all people, regardless of gender, disability, race, religion, age or sexual orientation, to join our team.
At Microsoft we understand that, in order to serve everyone on the planet, we need to represent everyone on the planet. The world is a diverse place and we want to tap into the collective power of everyone at Microsoft. We work as a team to learn from the outside and bring that knowledge into Microsoft. We learn about our customers in order to deliver solutions that meet their needs. We seek out differences and invite them in so that we can generate better ideas and better products.
It’s our ability to work together that makes our dreams believable and, ultimately, achievable. A diverse and inclusive workforce makes change possible and pushes innovation forward. Bringing unique, powerful perspectives together allows differences to shine and similarities to emerge. This helps us better understand and meet the needs of our diverse customers around the world.
“The collaborative energy that is created when talented people from different backgrounds come together to focus on innovation has helped fuel Microsoft’s success for more than 30 years. As we bring our innovations into more and more markets around the world, and as we strive to bridge the digital divide so that people at all levels of society can benefit from the opportunities of the global knowledge economy, we recognize that it’s more important than ever to honor diversity, both inside Microsoft and in the communities where we live and work.”
Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman