In a keynote address at the BSR Conference 2017, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith highlighted the company's experiences raising its voice on political issues and bridging the digital divide.

"As the first responders of this new era, those of us who are in the business of technology need to think about it as more than a business," Smith said. "We need to think about it as a cause to protect people."

Following his address, Smith joined a conversation with BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer and answered live questions from the audience and Twitter.

Watch the full video below:

The BSR Conference 2017 took place October 24-26 in Huntington Beach, California, and gathered sustainability leaders from business, government, and civil society to explore the theme of “How Business Leads.” Follow the conversation on Twitter at #BSR17. See all video highlights on BSR’s YouTube channel.