Microsoft will conduct an independent human rights review of its technology contracts with government and law enforcement agencies to address concerns from shareholders and employees.
“The evaluation will include consultation with BIPOC communities, including immigrants and other groups representing communities most affected by Microsoft’s surveillance products, law enforcement and government contracts,” the company said. In a statement to Bloomberg.
Bloomberg reports that a shareholder group has withdrawn an offer that encouraged the company to make the move. Similar requests from Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google’s parent Alphabet have so far not been successful.
insider reported last weekk that Microsoft, Amazon and Google have repeatedly used third-party companies and sub-contractors to “bypass public scrutiny and work with US immigration agencies” without widespread public awareness of the work.
Microsoft will hold its annual meeting via webcast on November 30. Its annual proxy statement, including shareholder resolutions and executive compensation details, based on previous years’ schedules, should be released soon.