Symantec has been named to CR Magazine’s list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens for the fourth year in a row. This year, Symantec was ranked number 85, up from 89 in 2011.
As a company, we’re proud of this accomplishment for several reasons. First, being included on these kinds of lists is a strong validation that we’re on the correct path and focused on the correct issues. Second, since this list is assembled from publicly available information, it’s an indicator that we’re communicating our efforts effectively. And third, recognitions like this can be a competitive differentiator when it comes to recruiting talented people who care about the same issues as Symantec.
For me personally, this recognition is meaningful because it demonstrates that each of Symantec’s 22,000 employees worldwide is making a difference. The seemingly small adjustments we make in our internal work practices and public activities are magnified and focused on positive change in the six areas most important to our internal and external stakeholders: Climate and Energy, Customer Satisfaction, Securing Information, Diversity & Inclusion, Human Rights, and Talent Retention. It can sometimes feel that we aren’t making as much progress as quickly as we would like, but the inclusion on the list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens for the fourth year in a row recognizes our collective dedication to corporate responsibility.
We aim for transparency in our communications around corporate responsibility – it’s our goal to discuss both our strengths and our weaknesses. While recognition like this is great, we want to know how our stakeholders feel we’re doing. Tell us what you think.
David Hunt is Symantec's Vice President of Corporate Events. He also sits on the company's Executive Philanthropy Steering Council.