This is the second consecutive year that Microsoft receives this prestigious award which recognises Microsoft’s commitment to transparency, good governance, sustainable business practices and serving community that provides a model inspiring others to follow in Vietnam, especially in empowering Vietnamese people and organisations to create more and achieve more.
Entering the market in 1996, after nearly 20 years in operation, Microsoft Vietnam not only affirms its position in promoting and developing the ICT sector but also contributes to Vietnam's economic and social developments through a variety of programmes.
The programmes cover infrastructure construction, education projects, entrepreneurship supports, skill trainings and enhancing the quality of human resources.
To date, Microsoft Vietnam has invested $80 million in the country, donated software, provided free services, and granted more than $13 million for roughly 200 non-profit organisations across the country.
Microsoft also actively contributes to enhance ICT applications for non-profit organisations aiming at increasing work efficiency and providing better support to the community.
One of the special investment programmes of Microsoft in Vietnam is Youthspark initiative.
This is Microsoft's efforts over three years (2015-2018) to support Vietnamese youth access CS and ICT, through free classes, internship programmes and connection forums.
Up to present, Microsoft’s Youthspark has created opportunities for more than 100 thousand Vietnamese youth to learn ICT and CS knowledge, develop appropriate soft skills for learning and working in modern society.
The initiative helps improve the capacity of young people and increase their chance to success in looking for job and entrepreneurship.
It is expected that in the next two years, through cooperation with relevant ministries, sectors, and partners such as Vietnet-ICT, VCCI, Kenan, CED, REACH and NGOs, Youthspark programme will hopefully be expanded and increase the accessibility of young people across the country.
“Microsoft’s long-term commitment to Vietnam is empowering Vietnamese people and organisations to achieve more, especially disadvantaged areas in remote ones.
“CSR Recognition Award in the second consecutive year has confirmed Microsoft’s efforts in community activities in Vietnam.
“This is certainly a motivation for Microsoft to continue its mission – to strongly contribute to the sustainable development of Vietnam,” said Vu Minh Tri, general director of Microsoft Vietnam.
Besides, Microsoft has also supported start-ups and small and medium enterprises.
Microsoft Bizspark successfully supported 194 start-ups. Together with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Microsoft assisted more than 2,000 small and medium enterprises.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training, Microsoft’s education programme has reached approximately 63,000 teachers nationwide.
Microsoft employees are also encouraged to spend time for community activities.
In 2016, Microsoft employees have volunteered, spent time and material support for over 1,600 orphans and disadvantaged children in Vietnam.