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lora_phillips | 27 May 2014 | 0 comments

At Symantec, employees are key players in the success and expansion of our corporate responsibility (CR) program. As part of the community relations team, I feel incredibly lucky to experience first-hand the tremendous efforts our employees put forth to support our CR strategy and corporate values both through their jobs and personal time.

It is for this reason the impact our company has through volunteering and corporate philanthropy has continued to grow and expand year over year. For example:

  • We increased recorded employee volunteer hours 23 percent fiscal year over fiscal year. Last year Symantec employees across the globe collectively logged over 31,800 volunteer hours, a 23...
Melaney Smith | 04 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

Symantec’s Volunteer of the Quarter initiative highlights and rewards those employees who dedicate their time and talents to those in need. We have a long and proud history of encouraging our employees to volunteer. While the driving force of our efforts is largely altruistic, there is even more to volunteering than giving back to our communities. Volunteering makes our company a better place to work, so employees are helping both Symantec and the organizations they volunteer for. Today we are happy to feature this quarter’s Volunteer of the Quarter – Melaney Smith from our Global Security Organization. Thank you Melaney for all you do!

I spent five years of my childhood living at a children’s home, where my parents lived and worked as “house parents” for one of the cottages there.  Most of the children had been removed from unsafe or...

lora_phillips | 27 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Entering the second week in Peru, the Symantec Service Corps (SSC) team has settled into their business projects as well as their home for the month, Hotel Casa Di Me Abuela, which translates to "My Grandmother's House."

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While each morning the 10 team members head out to three different locations, they return at the end of the day and sit in the garden outside of their hotel, debriefing on what they learned and establishing a plan for the next day. We're keeping in close contact with them through their blogs, and are compiling weekly updates on their progress. Here's an update from Week Two!


A taste...

Steve Bennett CEO | 14 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

As many of you may recall, we made a significant addition to our mission last year... adding corporate responsibility leadership to our overall goals because it's an integral part of our overall business success... it's about "doing well and doing good."

This week, we're making Symantec history by sending off the first employee team as part of our Symantec Service Corps.

The Corporate Responsibility team offered all employees the opportunity to apply to join the Service Corps in their inaugural mission to Arequipa, Peru. The team received an amazing 205 applications and from those, 10 employees were chosen to spend a month working with a non-profit organization or academic institution. Team members were chosen based on their applications, manager and HR business partner consultations, and alignment with non-profit...

Alex Von Feldt | 29 Aug 2013 | 2 comments

In its fiscal year 2013, Symantec contributed more than $24 million in cash and software to nonprofits working within its four philanthropic focus areas: science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; online safety; diversity; and environmental responsibility. Over the next few weeks, we will hear from several of our partners on various projects and programs that Symantec is helping to support. Today, we hear from Alex Von Feldt, program director at Acterra, an environmental nonprofit serving Silicon Valley.

Symantec Corporation and Acterra, a Palo Alto-based environmental nonprofit, are teaming up to install a California native plant garden at Symantec’s Mountain View campus.

The purpose of the project is to provide a lovely garden that provides quality habitat for local wildlife while demonstrating sustainable landscaping practices. Sustainable...

lora_phillips | 16 Aug 2013 | 0 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 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 of our CR team, others contribute through our Green...

Natasha Marston | 18 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

As one of the leading security and storage companies in the world, Symantec already does so much for the global community. Its mission, to enable people, businesses, and governments to protect and manage their information so they can focus on achieving their aspirations, is already promoting our most fundamental and most basic human rights.  

Symantec is a large corporation, and due to its size, I personally believe it has a corporate responsibility to not only uphold and maintain its mission but to also make great contributions in philanthropic and volunteering opportunities for the betterment of our world and our future. It would bring me great pride, joy and honour to work for a global organization that aims to achieve a triple bottom line. Every corporation strives for acclaimed performance and high profits; but a corporation can distinguish itself even further by making corporate responsibility just as important of an objective. With great responsibility comes...

Ashley Savageau | 11 Jul 2013 | 2 comments

The advancement of technology has brought us endless benefits. We can now video chat with a friend across the world for free. We can watch our favorite movies on the plane, at the park or in the car. In an emergency we can contact our loved ones instantly.

In my role at Symantec, technology has completely changed the volunteering landscape. How, you might ask? A key way is through the advent, and now increase, of virtual volunteering opportunities. With virtual volunteering employees can now volunteer from their desk, their home, or wherever they have an Internet connection.  This is huge for so many people, who may be deterred from volunteering due to time or life contstraints, or may not find a local opportunity that matches their interests.

For example, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) helps both volunteers and development organizations find online volunteering opportunities (or volunteers)...

anand_raj | 17 May 2013 | 1 comment

As a passionate biker, I always look forward to this time of year when Symantec Headquarters employees join thousands across the nation to participate in The League of American Bicyclists National Bike Month.

Bike to Work Day and Month has become a hugely popular nationwide event to celebrate the many benefits of bike transportation.  As featured in this great Bike to Work Day PSA, ‘Why do you Ride’, biking to work has numerous benefits for your health, your wallet and the environment. For example, for every one mile pedaled rather than driven, approximately one pound of CO²  is saved, and on a round-...

David Belle-Isle | 26 Nov 2012 | 1 comment

Symantec’s 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report explores our commitments to our employees, the world, and your information. Over the last several weeks, we’ve featured blogs from Symantec employees and partners that focus on how they are making a difference. This week, our final entry in this series comes from David Belle-Isle, Vice President of Organizational Excellence.

At Symantec, our people represent the competitive and creative force behind everything we do. We strive not only to ensure that our employees are satisfied with their work, development, and career opportunities, but also to build a culture rooted in tenacity and personal fulfillment.  We know...