As many of you may recall, we made a significant addition to our mission last year... adding corporate responsibility leadership to our overall goals because it's an integral part of our overall business success... it's about "doing well and doing good."
This week, we're making Symantec history by sending off the first employee team as part of our Symantec Service Corps.
The Corporate Responsibility team offered all employees the opportunity to apply to join the Service Corps in their inaugural mission to Arequipa, Peru. The team received an amazing 205 applications and from those, 10 employees were chosen to spend a month working with a non-profit organization or academic institution. Team members were chosen based on their applications, manager and HR business partner consultations, and alignment with non-profit needs.
Our Peru team members are: Alicia Pereira Pimentel, Allyson Gomez, Ashley Savageau, Claire Dean, Chris Brown, Craig Chan, Joseph Ferrar, Kamal LaBreche, Marq Bauman and Prakash Pereppadan Pappachan. We also selected two alternates: Patricia Christofferson and Steve Matthews... who will be offered the first spots for the next Service Corps assignment.
Over the past two months, the Service Corps members have prepared for their assignments...chosen based on their unique skillsets. Their projects involve creating marketing plans, developing secure accounting processes and designing a high-performing organizational structure.
Join me in congratulating this team and wishing them the very best. Our assignment in Peru is a pilot effort... our goal is to support charitable organizations in the developing world to grow and operate more effectively. And it's a great step in making positive social change a part of our work here.