Memo To Microsoft Board Re Review Of Sexual Harassment And Gender Discrimination Practices – Appreciated, And A Worthwhile Example For Others

I have provided a link below to a memo to the Microsoft Board of Directions regarding a currently ongoing review and revamp of Microsoft’s policies and practices pertaining to workplace harassment and discrimination. Microsoft provided online access to the memo. I have added some yellow highlights to a few of points. While the memo is light on detail, it does contain dates for further tasks and reports to be performed. I presume that some people might be critical of the memo for the lack of detail; however, I appreciated the fact that the memo was made available online and that it can prompt discussions. I would have to believe that other businesses and organizations, including governmental, might want to consider a possible review of their workplace harassment and discrimination policies and practices if they have not recently already done so.

A few additional comments. Probably because I also used to practice as a CPA, the use of the word “audit” without further description always gets my notice. And, although there are several references to the Board, or Board review, or reporting to the Board, a review and evaluation of how the Board handles the topic and issues might also be worthwhile. Finally, “culture” is referenced once at the end of the first paragraph – not too many years ago “culture” was regularly discussed as a Board topic but those discussions seem to have become fewer in number. It was good to see the reference to “culture” in the memo. Topics and issues such as culture, integrity, trustworthiness, and governance are important to the organization.

Here is a link to the memo with my yellow highlights on a few of the points:

Thank you for reading. Please do pass this blog and blog post and information to other people who would be interested as it is only through collaboration and sharing that great things and success are more quickly achieved.

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Best to you,

David Tate, Esq. (and inactive CPA)

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