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Gary Phillips | 10 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

By Pat Padilla and Gary Phillips, Co-Champions of SymPride.


The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced yesterday that Symantec achieved a perfect score of 100 in its Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the sixth consecutive year. HRC also recognized Symantec for being one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The coveted distinction acknowledges Symantec’s leadership and commitment to equality, and represents the many efforts dedicated to assuring Symantec is a great place to work.

HRC is the nation’s largest civil rights organization working for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It uses the...

HancockP | 06 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

In honor of International Volunteer Day this week we are featuring a “Sustainability Spotlight” series, highlighting employees across Symantec who incorporate aspects of corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability into their day jobs. This series will focus on volunteering and highlight some of the extraordinary efforts employees are making in their communities that last year helped Symantec increase volunteer hours by 41 percent. Yesterday we took a look back at our first Sustainability Spotlight employee, Claire Scull. Today we feature Peter Hancock, Sr. Director, Technical Sales Organization, who was just honored for his volunteer work with non-profit NPower, receiving...

claire scull | 05 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Today is International Volunteer Day and to celebrate we are featuring a “Sustainability Spotlight” series, highlighting employees across Symantec who incorporate aspects of corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability into their day jobs. This series will focus on volunteering and highlight some of the extraordinary efforts employees are making in their communities that last year helped Symantec increase volunteer hours by 41 percent. Today we start with a look back at our first Sustainability Spotlight employee Claire Scull, with a post on her experience and involvement in this year’s Byte Night event in the UK.


Some people might think it’s crazy that I...

Father Jeff Putthoff | 04 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

It’s amazing what hope can do for each and every one of us – it gives us the strength to pursue our ambitions. It fills us with the excitement and confidence to make our dreams become a reality.

As the Executive Director of Hopeworks, located in Camden, New Jersey, I am thankful to be part of creating hope and positive change through our youth services every day.

While Hopeworks covers a small area – just one city – the impact is immeasurable. Today in Camden more than 50 percent of children live below the poverty line and about 70 percent of youth do not go on to complete high school. It also has one of the highest rates of violence in the country. The youth in Camden face many obstacles to advancing their education and careers, and at Hopeworks we are working to remove these barriers.

Hopeworks empowers youth to identify their D.R.E.A.M.S. (Dynamic, Realizable...

Jaime Barclay | 03 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Through the excitement and activity around #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving meant to kickstart the generosity of the holiday season and highlight all the good in the world, we thought it most appropriate to announce our ongoing commitment to our longtime nonprofit partner, Teach for America (TFA), and to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Our future innovators are sitting in classrooms right now and with partners like Teach for America, we hope to get these students excited about STEM subjects and lead them toward a career in the technology industry. We have supported the work of TFA’s STEM recruitment for a number of years, but this year we have a more direct focus on recruiting diverse STEM educators. We have a common goal to reach those students who are...

Cecily Joseph | 21 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

I took on the exciting challenge of leading Symantec’s global corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability department eight years ago. Overseeing the CR efforts for a global company such as Symantec is  demanding yet very rewarding, and never more so than now. When Symantec’s CEO, Steve Bennett, introduced our new company strategy, Symantec 4.0, earlier this year, he announced a renewed commitment to CR and the desire to lead in three key areas: Our People, Your Information and The World. He reaffirmed what I’ve always believed: CR is at the heart of who we are as a company that strives to protect and manage information, working to ensure that...

kelly_shea | 20 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

For the past week, the United Nations Climate Change Conference has convened in Warsaw, bringing together delegates from over 190 countries hoping to move closer to a global agreement on GHG emissions reduction.

At Symantec, mitigating our impacts on climate change is central to our environmental strategy.

A key way we continue to reduce our impacts is through our focus on green building practices, specifically achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility certifications. Earlier this year, I wrote about our achievements in FY13 -- three new LEED certifications, including our first Platinum certification in Culver City, California. We now have...

Geetha Murali | 15 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Today—National  Philanthropy Day—and every day, we are so pleased to celebrate our relationship with Symantec.

“I am the first person in my family to be educated,” said Anita, a graduate of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program. “I felt very proud when I was able to read some documents for my father recently and prevent us from being cheated by our neighbors. Perhaps this was the day when my father too realized the value of my education. He told my mother that he was proud of me.”

Anita had to fight for her parents’ blessing when completing secondary school and again when pursuing a university education.  Anita’s parents came close to forcing her to drop out of school in the 9th grade to prepare for marriage, but with the help of...

CFMcGuire | 14 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Symantec published a series of posts on how we're meeting Our Shared Responsibility to secure the Internet. Previous posts included National Cyber Security Awareness Month Turns 10! by Michael Kaiser, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, Being Mobile: Best Practices for Keeping Your Child Safe on Mobile Technology by Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate, Is Your Family “Switched On”? by the UK PR team, and more. Today, we conclude this series with a post looking at...

Deb Dagit | 11 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Based upon the principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity, which are at the core of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the CRPD seeks "to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities." The CRPD would not require any new costs or changes to existing law in order for the U.S. to comply with its provisions.

President George W. Bush's administration negotiated the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that calls for ADA-like protection for people around the world. President Obama signed the treaty in 2009.  Since then, disability advocates have encouraged Congress to ratify CRPD, a required step in the process of the U.S. being considered a supporter.

One hundred and thirty-eight countries have now ratified the treaty. Unfortunately, the United States is not among them.