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Microsoft Announces Participation in GC

(New York, 22 November 2006/gco) – Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest software company, has announced its participation in the UN Global Compact – reinforcing the growth of the Compact among US-based companies.

In a letter to the Secretary-General, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steven A. Ballmer stated: “Microsoft’s mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential. It is grounded in six core values that are the foundation of our business, and expresses our conviction that it takes more than great products to make a great company. We believe that our mission, like the ten principles of the Global Compact, while ambitious, is achievable.”

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, employs more than 71,000 people worldwide and operates subsidiaries in over 100 countries.

Microsoft becomes the latest in a string of major US companies to recently join the Global Compact – among them The Coca-Cola Company, Levi Strauss & Co., and Ebay.

“As a global company Microsoft has a truly impressive track record in corporate citizenship,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “Through the Compact, we hope Microsoft can extend its work as a responsible leader to advance socio-economic development to make positive impact in communities around the world.”

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Mr. Gavin Power
UN Global Compact Office