As our customers and the talented people we’re recruiting become increasingly diverse, we’re regularly enhancing our company culture in order to assure it effectively attracts, retains, develops and makes use of the skills of all employees. The simple definition of diversity is "any combination of individuals who are similar in some ways and different in others." In the workplace, people tend to generally associate diversity with characteristics that are readily and easily identified such as race, ethnicity or gender.
To be diverse in a professional environment, however, refers to much more. Diversity applies to education, thinking style, marital status and virtually any other difference that can be recognized between individuals. In this context, we consider diversity to be the beneficial collective mixture of all people at Dell.
Dell is committed to providing an environment that values and develops individual talents, respects the needs of its people, and applies collective strengths toward the complete satisfaction of our customers and stakeholders. Dell recognizes that diversity is essential to enhancing the customer experience, which is key to our success. We also understand that it is our diverse teams who produce the diverse and innovative ideas that make Dell the computer-systems company of choice for our customers around the world.
Diversity at Microsoft
Published: November 7, 2003 | Updated: May 6, 2005
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Our Mission and Values
At Microsoft, we believe that diversity enriches our performance and products, the communities where we live and work, and the lives of our employees. As our workforce evolves to reflect the growing diversity of our communities and the global marketplace, our efforts to understand, value, and incorporate differences become increasingly important.
This is an exciting time in Microsoft’s history. We’re serving hundreds of millions of customers around the globe. We’re building new businesses with tremendous opportunities for growth. And we’re investing for the long term to achieve the mission of helping people and businesses realize their full potential. We’re able to do great things in part because our incredible team is a diverse one. It’s a team that’s made up of smart, talented, passionate people from all over the world, and from all different backgrounds and cultures. At Microsoft, we define diversity broadly to extend beyond race, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression—it is truly about all the ways in which we differ.
We work hard at Microsoft to think inclusively, value differences, and provide the necessary tools to give each employee a chance to do his or her best work. This approach has resulted in a wealth of fresh ideas and creative problem solving as we focus on the customers and markets we serve, the business processes and practices we use, the products and services we develop, and our growing workforce. And we’re not finished. We know that diversity at Microsoft, like the rest of our business, is a work in progress—one that we are very optimistic about.
By fully pursuing the company’s mission in all parts of the globe and in keeping with what we value and what the citizens in each country value, Microsoft has established a comprehensive plan to promote and integrate diversity at every level within our organization and in everything