Corporate Responsibility Magazine has announced that Microsoft was named among the Top 3 Best Corporate Citizens for 2012 in their Best Corporate Citizens list. CR Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens List is known as one of the world's top corporate responsibility rankings. Now in its thirteenth year, the list ranks companies based on publicly available information in seven.
categories: environmental impact, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, financial performance and governance, according to a Microsoft statement. "Microsoft was founded on the belief that putting technology in the hands of individuals could enrich and improve their lives, and we've invested heavily in improving individuals' access to technology," the statement added.
Microsoft says it is focusing on helping youth cross the opportunity divide by empowering them to imagine and realize their full potential through a number of programmes.
These programmes include empowering non-profits around the world with cash donations and free software - nearly $1 billion in 2011 alone - to address issues of technology and workforce training, especially among the youth population. They also include working with millions of teachers to build their technology skills and reach students in new ways through innovative practices in their classrooms. "And we helped more than 350,000 students from nearly 200 countries develop technology solutions to address the world's toughest societal problems through our Microsoft Imagine Cup competition. We've even provided a select number of those students with a cash grant to help them bring their ideas to market," it said.