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Today, Environmental Finance magazine published the results of its fifth annual Voluntary Carbon Market survey and recognized Microsoft for Best Corporate Offset Programme (registration required to access). In this survey, more than 720 companies nominated leading service providers active in the voluntary carbon markets. In light of the market’s growing maturity, Environmental Finance decided to include questions this year asking for nominations for the Best Corporate Offset Programme and the Best Offset Project. Voters were asked to make their selections on the basis of efficiency and speed of transaction, reliability, innovation, quality of service provided and influence on the market, not just the volume of transactions handled.
Microsoft has consistently worked to develop its carbon offset program, and we have written about some of the work we’ve been able to accomplish across the globe, from ecosystem conservation and community development in Madagascar and Indonesia to health improvements and emissions reductions in Mexico, Guatemala, and Ghana. Our partnership with the CarbonNeutral Company has been a key part of the successful implementation of these projects, and they were voted in Environmental Finance’s survey as Best Offset Retailer for the fourth consecutive year.
Our carbon offset program is a direct result of our internal carbon fee and Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality. We are honored to be recognized for our carbon offset program and we look forward to continuing to explore ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint and support a transition to a low carbon future.