Symantec’s 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report explores our commitments to our employees, the world, and your information. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be featuring blogs from Symantec employees and partners that focus on how they are making a difference. This week, we hear from Amanda Davis, Global Systems Compliance Manager.
The Supply Chain team’s involvement in Symantec's environmental initiatives has been evolving since 1994 when we first registered to the ISO14001 Environmental Standard. Since then the journey has been interesting, challenging, and ever changing. Upon reflection when I think about then and now, Symantec as a company has made tremendous improvements to both its processes and approach. This is reflected in Symantec’s outstanding environmental performance. We achieved 69 percent of the team's environmental objectives in 2011, including our first LEED certified facility in India (bringing our global total to 18), and the addition of 12 facilities to our ENERGY STAR certified portfolio. Here in Dublin, our office recycled 94 percent of all waste generated in 2011.
Our employees are key to this success. The Green Team here in Dublin and others around the world have made a significant contributions. Without their dedication and genuine interest in preserving the environment this would not be possible.
Environmental systems were once “a nice to have” for companies; however, now it is not only a customer requirement, but a legal requirement in many cases. Over the past number of years we have seen an increase in environmental legislation, this in particular relates to our hardware products. As a result we in Global Quality and Environmental Compliance have extended our processes and expertise beyond the requirements of ISO14001. Some examples include the implementation of a Global Supply Chain Code of Conduct, which has been cascaded to our Tier 1 supply chain vendors. We have introduced a process for legislation compliance to ensure our products are compliant with applicable legislation, such as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive. We are project leads in the introduction of Symantec’s Global Environmental Management System and we are members of the Global Packaging Improvement Project.
My team and I are delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with the Corporate Responsibility team and to be involved in the CR Report each year. I am passionate about the future environmental performance of our company and proud to be part of the team that makes it a success.
For more information about Symantec's approach to environmental performance, human rights and responsible sourcing, and community investment, visit The World section of the corporate responsibility website.