Microsoft’s positive ESG momentum from community relations initiatives

February 7, 2019

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Like industrial companies that pollute ecosystems—causing what are known as environmental externalities—large tech company operations can also have negative social externalities such as housing affordability crises.

  • A new, sweeping affordable housing initiative by MSFT shows the emerging general importance of these areas as enterprise value drivers that contribute to companies’ social license to operate (SLO)—boosting goodwill and intangibles
  • Performance on housing affordability and other SLO topics is intangible and material to company financial performance due to public opinion, which can influence recruiting
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