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Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 17 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

It's time to move beyond diversity as a feel-good talking point and bring about actual results.

The concept of diversity as a driver of innovation and healthy company culture has been around for a long time. To a large extent, companies have embraced the concept of diversity and inclusion, but there is still a lot of work to be done around integrating a commitment to diversity and inclusion into company culture in ways that result in more engaged employees, improved decision making, and healthier bottom lines. We talk a good talk – but how can we begin to see actual results?

I believe the answer lies in the relationship between diversity and corporate responsibility. Diversity and inclusion has been considered solely an HR issue for many years, and I think we haven’t seen the kind of results we’d like to see. If we begin to look at diversity as a CSR issue, and use the same framework that we use to drive other...

Pia_DeFreitas | 16 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

Symantec strives to create a positive impact both on a global and local scale through volunteering initiatives, grants, software donations, and by supporting employees in their personal volunteer and monetary contributions. With these tools in hand, Symantec teams all over the world support their communities in a variety of ways, and here in South Africa, our team has partnered with a local charity that does excellent work within our community.

Five years ago, the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched Mandela Day to commemorate the leader’s legendary impact and also as a call to action for others. Mandela Day, which is on July 18th – Nelson Mandela’s birthday – is considered a day to honor his legacy by volunteering and contributing to the community. Here in South Africa, our office gets involved in some...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 11 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

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In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Code.org has organized its second annual Hour of Code. This global initiative challenges millions of students to try one hour of coding. The organization targets students and school classrooms to participate in the largest education event in history. All the tools to organize an event as well as one-hour tutorials in over thirty languages are available online.

STEM jobs are expected to increase by two times the national average, yet 90% of schools do not offer computer science classes to students. This leaves a significant gap in talent. In response to the discrepancy between students pursuing computer science degrees and job market opportunities,...

Cecily Joseph | 09 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

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Yesterday, Symantec was named to The Civic 50 list of the most community-minded companies in America. In the technology sector, we were ranked number three.

The Civic 50 – featured in this week’s edition of Bloomberg Businessweek measures how a corporation's policies, activities, and employees affect the civic and social fabric of a community. Sponsored by Points of Light and Bloomberg LP, the survey ranked S&P 500 companies committed to using their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

Every time we’re recognized with an award or ranking, I feel proud of the progress we’re making against our corporate responsibility goals,...

gokhan_say | 04 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

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By Gokhan Say, Country Director, Turkey

Last year, the Corporate Responsibility team launched the Symantec Service Corps, a month-long pro bono initiative designed to support Symantec’s commitment to making positive social impact, building cultural awareness, and developing leaders across all levels of the organization, all while helping to enhance Symantec’s brand and reputation. Last year’s team worked with three organizations in Peru, applying their professional skills to organizational...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 03 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

Guest post by Ouafae Alami, 2014 Emerging Leader from Morocco

Being selected in the 2014 TechWomen program has been a dream one true. One month already spent in Silicon Valley–the temple of technologies that every engineer dreams to visit–I can’t begin to describe my feelings! One thing I can say is something in my has changed; my life perception has changed. Visiting LinkedIn,TwitterMozillaMicrosoftCiscoGoogleFacebook and many other innovative companies is dream that came true because of the TechWomen...

lora_phillips | 02 Dec 2014 | 0 comments

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Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day committed to celebrating generosity. Started in 2012 by 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday was founded with a simple ask – give back. Thanksgiving Day is an American tradition founded on the expression of gratitude, followed by two big days focused on shopping, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday reignites the philanthropic spirit of the holidays and encourages individuals and groups to give back through volunteering, donations, or engaging in other creative ways to make a difference.

Community investment is central to Symantec’s corporate responsibility strategy, and on this #GivingTuesday, we want to highlight our partnership with...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 25 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is a key philanthropic focus area for Symantec. Despite the career opportunities and job growth in STEM fields, there is a shortage of interest among young people, particularly among women and minorities. Among the students who took the 2013 ACT exams, only 23% of high school seniors expressed interest in pursuing STEM college majors and careers. Symantec has promised an investment of $20 million by 2020 to support STEM education. The partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a strategic and vital step in promoting STEM education among youth.

One piece to promoting STEM careers among young people is to introduce them to occupations in STEM, what they entail and the steps one can take to pursue such a career. Four Symantec employees share their career...

Antoine Andrews | 21 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

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For the seventh year in a row, Symantec has earned a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI). A score of 100 earns us a designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

The CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Here at Symantec, we’re focused on building a winning and inclusive culture that allows our employees to bring their whole selves to work. This recognition is an important signal to all our employees – but specifically our LGBT employees – that we are taking tangible steps toward this goal.

Additionally, we view diversity as a critical component to fostering a culture of innovation, which ultimately leads to business success. As our CEO Mike Brown says, “Every individual brings a unique perspective that...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 18 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

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Today, strong partnerships are critical to developing pathways that inspire youth to succeed in STEM careers. Working alongside Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Symantec is playing a key role as an innovator and thought leader, increasing STEM programming and opportunities in the communities in which we serve.

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Each year Symantec worldwide works with thousands of internal and external stakeholders to help drive progress within our four philanthropic focus areas: science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; online safety; diversity; and environmental responsibility. Today, we take a look at STEM, and how Symantec is partnering and inspiring youth to become our future leaders and innovators.

Symantec is committed to promoting STEM education, and helping today’s youth understand and prepare for the vast career opportunities these fields offer. In fact, one goal,...