Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, and president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, both released statements today in response to Donald Trump’s win in the United States’ election last night. Nadella’s statement, which was posted via his LinkedIn account, is more of a short introduction to Smith’s rather lengthy blog post on the official Microsoft website.
“Yesterday we witnessed the democratic process in action here in the US. The results are of importance around the world, and I know that interest is shared among Microsoft employees,” Nadella wrote. “We congratulate the president-elect, and look forward to working with all those elected yesterday. Our commitment to our mission and values are steadfast, and in particular fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.”
Smith also drew attention to Microsoft’s aim to improve diversity and inclusivity, in particular mentioning a study from Georgetown University which discussed the growth in jobs in the United States over the past few years. “It shows that a quarter-century of U.S. economic growth under Democrats and Republicans alike has added 35 million net new jobs. But the number of jobs held by Americans with only a high school diploma or less has fallen by 7.3 million,” Smith says. “In a time of rapid change, we need to innovate to promote inclusive economic growth that helps everyone move forward. This requires a shared responsibility among those in government, across the private sector, and by individuals themselves.”
Another concern of Microsoft’s was infrastructure. “It was encouraging to see both presidential nominees endorse new infrastructure investments, and we believe that new data analytics and cloud technologies can contribute to these improvements. We especially appreciate the role that broadband and computing infrastructure can play in creating broader economic opportunities, perhaps especially in areas of higher rural unemployment,” Smith enthuses before returning to the importance of multiculturalism and diversity not only in the work force but in the country as a whole.
“We invest over $12 billion a year in research and development, as much as any other company on the planet, and over 85 percent of this work is done in the United States. Over a third of our engineers have come from other countries – 157 countries, in fact,” Smith reveals. “We have employees from every race, ethnic background and religion. If there’s a language spoken on the planet, there’s a good chance that it’s spoken by an employee at Microsoft. And we’re committed to promoting not just diversity among all the men and women who work here, but the type of inclusive culture that will enable people to do their best work and pursue rewarding careers. We know that this is the only way we’ll fully succeed as a company. And we believe it’s the only way we’ll fully succeed as a country.”
Smith finished his statement by referencing the role technology had played during the election and the importance of security and respect for public and private safety. “We’re committed to developing technology that is secure and trusted, both for Americans and for people around the world. We literally have thousands of employees who make this their focus and priority. And we know that we’ll benefit from stronger government policies as well. That’s why we’ve not only advocated for clearer and more modern U.S. laws, but have filed lawsuits four times in the past three years against the current administration, standing up for what we believe are the vital rights of people both here and abroad. As we’ve won the cases we’ve brought, we’ve been reminded of one of this country’s greatest strengths, its strong Constitution, independent judiciary, and the overarching rule of law.”
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