“Innovation, especially digital innovation, must respect people.”

Carlo Purassanta, Area Vice President of Microsoft France​

It is up to businesses to make the world a better place. This is especially true of tech companies, as they are able to capitalise on new digital intelligence to drive this major transformation forwards. To help build the kind of world we want to live in, more than ever before, innovation must take into consideration the ways it impacts and benefits individuals, society and the environment.

That is why innovation, especially digital innovation, must respect people, their data and their work, in order to have a much greater impact in terms of value added as a result of such innovation. It should also do what it can to protect biodiversity and combat the climate challenge, the urgency of which is now unquestionable. Furthermore, it has to reduce inequality and help drive economic growth and social development for all.

These beliefs are central to the way we work at Microsoft and form the foundation for our corporate mission to “empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more”. It’s a simple phrase that we apply to everything we do. We also seek to bring this commitment to life to help the environment by investing heavily in research into solutions to capture CO2. We aim to go above and beyond carbon neutrality and completely eliminate our carbon footprint by 2050, by offsetting all the CO2 Microsoft has emitted since it was founded in 1975.

Orange and Microsoft share the same vision of what digital companies should bring to society and the world. Indeed, Orange’s purpose perfectly complements the mission pursued by Microsoft. As partners, we are closely aligned and carefully coordinated. We share the same goals and the same vision for the future. We need to keep thinking together about not only the impact our businesses have on society and the environment, but also the role we can play in making the world a better place. Now more than ever, we have to constantly remain on the same track about the way we think and the things we do.

Charles-Henri Filippi, “The purpose will guide the Group’s strategic decisions.”

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