Back in 1997, Bill Gates was encouraged to give away his money by CNN mogul Ted Turner who had very publicly donated an unprecedented $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation in an effort to end world-wide poverty, end nuclear proliferation and reverse the tide of climate change. Bill Gates was less than enthusiastic about the prospect at the time, but then again, he had not met, fallen in love, and married Melinda. Things changed afterwards and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is as well known as Wal-Mart or Microsoft.
The Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation offers grants to advance education, provide medical services on a global scale and basically, they "do good." Social responsibility by the Gates is not restricted to the United States and while there are many negative comments hurled towards Microsoft, it is undeniable that they have touched the lives of those less fortunate in a positive way. The grants have been geared towards immunizations on a global scale, farming, scholarships, technological advancement in third-world countries as well as banking. In the United States, the foundation helps the poor, the disenfranchised, the homeless and the uneducated.
Worthy of mention is Warren Buffet who sits on the board of directors of the foundation and has been instrumental in encouraging other multi-billionaires to "do good" and be socially responsible.
Microsoft, as a company, is committed to operating its business responsibly by reducing its footprint and competing in a responsible manner.