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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...

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...

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...

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...

Kate Kokosinski | 26 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Diversity and inclusion are essential to creating a truly sustainable future. That's why Net Impact partnered with Symantec Corporation on an important project this year to increase the diversity of our network and bring new opportunities to students in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and women's colleges. Symantec Corporation’s dedication to embedding diversity and inclusion into its business practices made them the perfect partner for this initiative -- according to Symantec, attracting, retaining, and fully engaging diverse talent leads to enhanced innovation and creativity.

At Net Impact, we recognized that in our 320-plus chapter network, we didn’t have enough representation from HBCUs and...

Antoine Andrews | 01 May 2014 | 0 comments

Hello everyone! My name is Antoine Andrews and I’m the new Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Symantec. 

As I’m writing this, I’ve officially been in my new role for an entire eight days and I am loving it! As the Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, my role is to continue the path forward that the Global Corporate Responsibility Team has laid out to ensure Symantec has the best and most innovative global talent to meet the needs of our customers and drive business performance. 

My very early (and I mean very early) observations are that the company has invested heavily on closing the gender gap within our internal talent pipeline and also on the talent of the future, globally. As innovation continues to be a key priority for Symantec, we have to leverage the diversity of all our employees to help us innovate. In my opinion,...

ebrewer | 24 Apr 2014 | 1 comment

From climate change to cyber security to employee diversity, corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability touch every aspect of Symantec’s business. We’ve defined our strategy and are continually working toward 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 introduce 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...

Charmy_Ruparel | 04 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

For the fourth consecutive year, Symantec sponsored and partnered in the Dare2BDigital conference as a part of its Corporate Responsibility and Diversity initiative. The objective of the event was to provide 7th-10th graders an opportunity to discover the creative and exciting careers that await them in computer science and engineering.


At this year's conference, 200 teenaged girls explored careers in science and technology at this unique collaboration between technology companies, educators, parents and community organizations. The conference met its objective, as the survey results revealed that 99 percent of young women attendees felt that the conference maintained (17 percent) or increased (82 percent) their interest in fields that use...

Cecily Joseph | 06 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

International Women’s Day, which is observed this Saturday, March 8, has been celebrated in the United States since 1909. Since that time, women have continually broken new ground in the technology fields – from Elsie Eaves becoming the first female member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1927, to Stephanie Kwolek inventing Kevlar® in 1965, to Susan Hockfield becoming the first female president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.

The celebration of International Women’s Day serves as a reminder that we must continuously strive towards full gender equity, particularly in the technology fields.

We are proud of...

Roxane Divol | 03 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

As Symantec continues to pursue our vision and looks to lead the way in developing technology for tomorrow, expanding the pool of talent and insuring diversity of perspective is critical to our success. Today, I’m honored to announce that I will serve as champion of Symantec’s Women’s Initiative, a program focused on attracting, engaging, and developing women at Symantec so that we can be more competitive and produce superior business outcomes.

Changing the perception of women in technology

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy; yet hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs.” While this statistic is U.S.-based, the fact is around the world women are underrepresented in the field of technology. Even more concerning, the enrollment of women in the field of computer science is declining.

Computer science and...