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Tulipshare and the Center for Political Accountability (“CPA”) request that Microsoft adopt a policy requiring that any trade association, social welfare organisation, or organisation organised and operated primarily to engage in political activities that seeks financial support from Microsoft agree to report to Microsoft, at least annually, the organisation’s expenditures for political activities, including the amount spent and the recipient, and that each such report be posted on Microsoft’s website.
For purposes of this proposal, “political activities” are (i) influencing or attempting to influence the selection, nomination, election, or appointment of any individual to a public office; or (ii) supporting a party, committee, association, fund, or other organisation organised and operated primarily for the purpose of directly or indirectly accepting contributions or making expenditures to engage in the activities described in (i).
As Microsoft shareholders we support transparency and accountability in corporate electoral spending, including the indirect political spending that is the subject of this proposal. Misaligned or non-transparent funding creates reputational risk that can harm shareholder value. It can also place a company in legal jeopardy. Unless a company knows which candidates and political causes its funds ultimately support, it cannot assure shareholders, employees, or other stakeholders that its spending aligns with core values, business objectives, and policy positions. Without the information requested by this resolution, none of the board, senior management, or shareowners can assess the risks associated with political spending.