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Symantec Releases 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report

Symantec focuses on ongoing progress and challenges in multiple areas, including cyber security, diversity, environment and supply chain

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Sept. 28, 2011 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today released its 2011 Corporate Responsibility report. The report addresses high-priority issues for Symantec including climate and energy, customer satisfaction, diversity, human rights, talent retention, securing information, philanthropy, and governance and ethics. The report can be found in its entirety at the following link: http://www.symantec.com/corporate_responsibility/.


“In 2011, Symantec made considerable progress toward achieving our corporate responsibility goals,” said Cecily Joseph, senior director of Corporate Responsibility and Compliance at Symantec. “Our commitment is ongoing, and as we work to help our customers and grow our business, we recognize our actions have an impact on our global footprint. Our corporate responsibility governance structure is spread across several committees throughout Symantec, ensuring it stays a corporate priority at all levels of the company. The report is a clear reflection of the way in which we operate – with full attention to and respect for ethics, the environment and a commitment to positive social impact.”


The report outlines Symantec’s progress against its corporate responsibility goals; most were surpassed. Key FY11 accomplishments include:

  • Cyber Security: Symantec focuses significant resources on educating parents, schools and students about safe, secure and ethical practices on the Internet. Norton Online Family -- the award-winning online family safety service – is available for free, worldwide, in 25 languages. Previously available in English only, Norton Online Family gives parents the tools they need to keep their kids safe when they go online.  Not only does it block inappropriate sites, but encourages communication between parents and children.
  • Climate and energy: One way Symantec is working to reduce its carbon footprint is by applying green building practices to its real estate portfolio. In FY11, Symantec nearly doubled the number of U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified buildings it owns, from nine in FY10 to a total of 16, including an enterprise data center. In FY11, this data center also achieved EPA ENERGY STAR rating under the new data center ENERGY STAR rating system. Having achieved 99 of 100 points, this facility now has the highest score of all 10 of Symantec’s ENERGY STAR facilities.
  • Diversity: Similar to the industry as a whole, Symantec is continually challenged to attract and retain women in technical positions, which is why it focuses on empowering, advancing and investing in women companywide. In FY11, Symantec increased the percentage of women in leadership, crafted career development goals for women technology professionals in the Top Talent program, and almost doubled its Symantec Women’s Action Networks (SWAN) chapters from 10 to 17 worldwide. SWAN provides a forum for personal and professional networking throughout all levels of the company, enabling women professionals to build relationships and share information.
  • Governance and ethics: Ethics and integrity are the foundation of Symantec’s business success, which is why in FY11 Symantec created the Global Supply Chain Manufacturing and Fulfillment Code of Conduct for its Direct Suppliers. This code of conduct is based on the Electronics Industry Code of Conduct (EICC) and International Labor Organization’s core conventions.

This year, Symantec was also awarded Acterra’s 2011 Business Environmental Award for large-company environmental sustainability. The award celebrated Symantec’s model program that encompasses all three tenants of sustainability: Business process, environment and social equity.


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