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Antoine Andrews | 30 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

Hispanics are one of the largest, fastest growing and youngest minority populations in the United States. However, Hispanics are also one of the most underrepresented minority groups when looking at STEM careers and education.  According to the US Department of Education, “less than 2 percent of the STEM workforce is Hispanic while almost 20 percent of the country’s youth population is Hispanic”. Additionally, at school they are performing lower in STEM subjects and often are not receiving adequate exposure to the topic in K-12 classes.

This hits close to home for Symantec on two fronts.

We have a comprehensive talent strategy in place to promote and increase the diversity of our workforce and educate diverse communities on STEM through a variety of initiatives. HOLA, Symantec’s Hispanic Employee Resource Group, is committed to strengthening the Hispanic communitys’ interest in the STEM fields as...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 25 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

September happens to be a unique month for Latinos. The 15th marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence in September, the 16th and the 18th respectively. It’s of no surprise why September 15th kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Here at Symantec, where diversity is embraced and networks encouraged, the Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Affinity group (HOLA) represents our Employee Resource Group (ERG) for Latinos.


HOLA ERG group Heathrow Champion Katherine Sabatino (right) & Co-Champions: Marisol Starr (left) Rodrigo Nunez (center...
Cecily Joseph | 23 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

Today, Symantec was recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as a leader among S&P 500 companies for the depth and quality of the climate change data we disclosed through our 2014 CDP submission. This is the second year that Symantec has achieved CDP leadership status.

The CDP facilitates corporate management and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risks and opportunities at the request of 767 investors, representing more than $92 trillion in assets. The leadership index includes 63 S&P 500 companies – the top 10 percent for disclosure scores. We’re honored to be a part of this group.

Since the very beginning of our corporate responsibility journey, we have recognized that climate change is an important issue for Symantec, our stakeholders and our world.  Over the last several years, we have reduced our energy footprint,...

Anne Kelly | 23 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

Symantec is known for protecting some of things we care most about. The lifeblood of countless businesses is dependent upon a reliable Symantec software package that is both cost-effective and safe. So it is no surprise that Symantec has stood up for the protection of life as we know it through the appropriate regulation of carbon. As an energy purchaser and forward thinking business, Symantec boldly joined the leadership class of companies in BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) back in 2009 and has stayed the course ever since. Most recently the company joined over 100 others in prudently supporting the Administration's Clean Power Plan to regulate carbon. The letter to the Obama Administration last June highlighted the economic case behind the new standard:  

It reads in part:

Our support is firmly grounded in economic reality. We know that tackling climate change is one of America's great economic opportunities of the 21st...

Ruha Devanesan | 16 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

As many of you know, opening the doors for women to thrive in STEM education and careers is a key focus for Symantec. Our work in this area is driven primarily through initiatives and partnerships managed by our Corporate Responsibility team, and supported by the volunteer efforts of thousands of employees worldwide. Our initiatives target females at all life and career stages as the challenge of increasing the number of female STEM professionals requires educating and supporting females at many points along their career development path from early education to professional career development.

As part of the Global Diversity and Inclusion team, I am involved in many of these initiatives and have the opportunity to see first-hand what a...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 16 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

When your mission is to protect the world’s information there shouldn’t be categories of content that don’t receive equal treatment. And more importantly, when your company’s values clearly state a policy of diversity and inclusion there is no excuse for offering products that don’t align with those goals.

With GLAAD’s help, Symantec recently made a significant change to its web filtering software by eliminating the “sexual orientation” category. Symantec’s web content database is one of the largest of its kind, and maps the web across more than 100 categories and in dozens of languages. This update, which is in the process of being implemented at the product level, will mean that LGBT-related web content will be evaluated, categorized, and treated the same as other news, political and entertainment content.

Read the full article here.



lora_phillips | 09 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

"Let us recognize charity for what it is at heart: a noble enterprise aimed at bettering the human condition. On this International Day, I call on people everywhere to act on the charitable impulse that resides in every human being -- to start giving and to keep on giving.

Whatever the case, such generosity and kindness, with no expectation of financial gain, can make profound differences in human well-being."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Message for the International Day of Charity, 5 September 2014


Last week the world celebrated the life of one of our most remembered philanthropic leaders, Mother Theresa. Designated by the United Nations as International Day of Charity, each year on September 5th, the anniversary of the passing of Mother Theresa, the UN asks the world to...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 02 Sep 2014 | 0 comments

Who are we and what do we do:

Ruby’s Place is the first domestic violence shelter incorporated in the State of California and Alameda County in 1972. We serve women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence and human trafficking. Our purpose is to foster a wellness based and culturally responsive community providing emergency shelter and supportive services to women and children who experience domestic violence, human trafficking, and homelessness.

The mission and purpose has expanded throughout the years to become a shelter with comprehensive services to assist in the healing process and begin the journey to becoming independent and stable. Last year 83% of our clients came to our facility due to a violent crime and 17% due to non-violent homelessness. Out of the 245 unduplicated clients we served, 153 were children.

Ruby’s Place is...

Claudia vH | 28 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

Symantec Vision is our flagship conference to demonstrate thought leadership and accelerate sales through impactful experiences. The conference delivers face-to-face insights, information and experiences needed to secure and manage an information-driven organization. Vision takes place as a global, multi-day Vision flagship event in North America and as regional Vision Roadshows in several locations around the globe.

At Symantec, we strive to embed corporate responsibility throughout our business, and we see our corporate proprietary events as a great opportunity to walk the talk, and to put into practice our commitment to environmental and social sustainability. At Vision we integrated an event sustainability strategy that minimizes the event environmental footprint, positively contributes to social benefit, and delivers economic efficiencies.

Engaging and supporting local communities as well as...

Louise_Hanlon | 27 Aug 2014 | 2 comments

From climate change to cyber security to employee diversity, corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability touches every aspect of Symantec’s business. We’ve defined our strategy and are continually working towards our goals to operate as a responsible global citizen. In addition to our dedicated global corporate responsibility team, every day Symantec employees across the world are helping us deliver on this, creating value for both our business and our stakeholders.

We are happy to bring you an ongoing feature of the CR in Action blog – the Sustainability Spotlight - that will profile employees and their contribution to Symantec’s CR and sustainability efforts. Some are members of our CR team, others contribute through our Green Teams or...