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  • Address: One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052 USA
  • Website: microsoft.com
  • Contact Email: [email protected]
  • Number of Employees (Approximate): 163,000
  • Stock Symbol: MSFT
  • Social Media Accounts: TwitterFacebookTikTokInstagramLinkedIn
  • Subsidiaries: Microsoft Online, Inc.; LinkedIn Corporation
  • Acquisitions or major investments: GitHub; Nuance Communications; RiskIQ; Skype Technologies; Xamarin; Xandr; Yammer
  • Associated Brands:Windows; Office; Skype; Visual Studio; Dynamics; Xbox; SurfaceServices: Azure; Bing; LinkedIn; Yammer; Microsoft 365; OneDrive; Outlook.com; GitHub; Microsoft Store; Windows... Show More

Microsoft is widely acknowledged for being a sustainability leader, so it’s shocking that in the 2022 election cycle, Microsoft’s political action committee (PAC) gave $239,500 to politicians with the worst environmental track records in Congress—a figure 94 percent above the average amount given to that same group by other corporate PACs in the UNFK database. This $239,500 figure represents 44 percent of Microsoft’s PAC contributions to candidates overall in that cycle. (By contrast, only about 13 percent of Microsoft’s individual employee contributions went to that same group.) 

A few years ago, Microsoft committed not just to reducing its emissions but to wiping out all the carbon the company and its suppliers have emitted since its founding in 1975. In reality, Microsoft actually saw a 21 percent jump in emissions last year due to some big data center expansions and a pandemic-fueled surge in Xbox sales and usage. 

It’s true that Microsoft was one of only two to receive an overall A letter grade from As You Sow’s Road to Net Zero and it also received top marks from the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). However, the company has relationships with industry lobbying groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable, each of which has a long history of opposing strong environmental policies. In fact, Microsoft’s Head of Government Affairs, Fred Humphries, Jr., is on the board of the Chamber of Commerce. 

Additionally, while Microsoft has acknowledged environmental justice as part of its overall racial justice stance, corporate watchdog As You Sow’s Racial Justice Scorecard reports that some of Microsoft’s policies and practices have had negative impacts on BIPOC communities. 

Unfortunately, Microsoft is another example of the corporate walk not matching the corporate talk. Microsoft’s bold climate rhetoric is being undermined by the political company it keeps as well as market-driven expansions that don’t align with its ambitious climate goals. We’d like to see Microsoft using its vast resources on upgrading its response to the climate emergency. Real leadership isn’t easy.

Factors affecting Microsoft’s UNFK score

  • Has a relationship with the US Chamber of Commerce and/or its affiliates: yes
  • Has a relationship with Business Roundtable: yes
  • Has a relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): not likely
  • InfluenceMap Grade: B-
  • Carbon Disclosure Project: Climate Change Grade: A
  • Carbon Disclosure Project: Water Grade: A-
  • Science Based Targets Initiative Commitment: Net Zero
  • As You Sow Racial Justice Score (0-100): 60
  • As You Sow Road to Net Zero Score (0-18): 17
  • Banking Score (0-100): 0

Microsoft’s contributions last election cycle: 2022

(source: Open Secrets)

Microsoft’s Total PAC Contributions to Climate FKers:


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Microsoft’s Total Individual Contributions to Climate FKers:


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Total amount Microsoft contributed to Climate FKers (PAC + Individual Contributions)


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Microsoft’s PAC and employees contributed funds to the campaigns of 78 Climate FKers

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Mike Lee

Republican Senator from Utah

They gave Mike $43,100

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Republican Representative from Washington

They gave Cathy $22,400

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John Thune

Republican Senator from South Dakota

They gave John $15,400

How Microsoft Can Raise Its Score

  • Cut ties with Business Roundtable and Chamber of Commerce (and affiliates)  
  • Align environmental policy and performance with environmental rhetoric  
  • Stop PAC contributions to congresspeople w/ lifetime LCV scores of 20 and below
  • Define a year (with SBTi) by which company will achieve net zero emissions 
  • Ensure the company’s business operations are environmentally just