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Amanda Davis | 14 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

We are proud to announce that Symantec have been accepted as Applicant Members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).

Symantec is committed to protecting people and information, independent of device, platform or location. We consider the security of information central to corporate responsibility in this digital age of increased exposure, and are excited about EICC membership and fully support the EICC vision and goals:

Vision:  Through the application of high standards we can create better social, economic and environmental outcomes for all those involved in the Electronics and ICT supply chains. This includes increased efficiency and productivity for customers and suppliers, improved conditions for workers, economic development and a cleaner environment for local communities.  

Mission:  To deliver...

lora_phillips | 07 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

2013 was an eventful and exciting year here at Symantec, much of which we’ve documented using this space. While we’re all hard at work planning for our Fiscal Year 2015, which begins in April, January presents us with a great time to pause and look back at all the great things we’ve featured on the blog in 2013.

As the administrator of this space, I’m always amazed by the great stories our guest authors share. Here, a few of my favorites from 2013:

  1. In March, we were named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the sixth year in a row. While the company always holds this designation in great regard, this year Scott Taylor, our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, used this space to talk about what it really means to be an ethical company on a day-to-day basis at Symantec, and why the designation is meaningful.
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John McGoun | 17 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Last week the world celebrated International Human Rights Day. In honor of this we’re featuring a series on how Symantec promotes the rights of all people, through various diversity efforts and initiatives. Our first post announced Symantec’s perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the sixth consecutive year. Today we discuss Symantec’s pledge to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) and what this means for women’s rights at Symantec and across the world.

 

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Gary Phillips | 10 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

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

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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...