U.S. Headquarters: Redmond, Wash.
Global Employees: 94,000
U.S. Employees: 57,284
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: Not in DiversityInc Top 50
Why It’s on the List
Microsoft returns to the list this year, with solid CEO commitment and an emphasis on talent development and resource groups.
CEO Steve Ballmer mandated that a global diversity & inclusion commitment be included in the business objectives of more than 2,300 executives. This was unusual because at Microsoft, business objectives are not usually mandated.
The goals include representation, mentoring and creating an inclusive work environment, and inclusive behaviors that lead to innovation.
The company has very strong resource groups, including the Cross Disability Employee Resource Group, which works on the annual Microsoft Ability Summit to raise awareness about accessible engineering practices and share company resources for employees and their family members with disabilities. Each resource group develops an annual operating plan with objectives and success metrics. Contributions to business are included in those objectives.
Microsoft has all the traditional groups, plus groups for American Indians, Arabs, Israelis, people with attention deficit disorder, dads, working parents, separate groups for Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Indian, Pakistani and Turkish people, plus a host of others.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 4 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Asian-Americans
- No. 9 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities
“A diverse and inclusive workforce is fundamental to Microsoft’s capability to deliver devices and services that people love and businesses need. We seek to understand cultural differences and then push ourselves to apply that understanding in unique ways that advance our products and delight our over 1 billion customers around the world.”
General Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion
“Microsoft is fueled by the collaborative energy of diverse talent coming together in an inclusive way, to contribute their unique skills and experiences. What differentiates us is our collective effort to evolve from simply understanding cultural differences to truly applying cultural competence in all aspects of our business.”