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Corporate Responsibility in Action

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lora_phillips | 11 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

We're very excited to be hosting - for the first time - a live stakeholders' call detailing the highlights from our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report is being released on Thursday, September 12, and details our progress against our corporate responsibility goals in the following areas:

Our People: talent management, employee satisfaction, diversity and inclusion
Your Information: cybersecurity, privacy, online safety
The World: climate change, responsible sourcing and human rights, community investment

Please join us next Wednesday, September 18th!

When: Wednesday, September 18th at 1pm Pacific time (45 minutes in duration)
Access: Please dial in 10 minutes prior to 1pm using the participant passcode 364249



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kelly_shea | 10 Sep 2013 | 1 comment

By Kelly Shea, Symantec Global Sustainability Project Manager

As we prepare for the release of Symantec’s FY13 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report, this is a good time to provide additional context around our environment performance – where our focus is as a company, how we’re doing and our goals over the next year.  

As a company, we are committed to positive social impact and operating with integrity and respect for the environment.  Our environmental strategy includes four major sustainability pillars to lessen our impact on the environment, including green IT,...

lora_phillips | 05 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

Corporate responsibility is inherent to Symantec’s business and built into our priorities and values. This month Symantec will release its FY13 Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides an update on our performance and progress on key goals over the last year.

In the coming weeks, several Symantec employees will share their thoughts around our progress in several of our key CR focus areas: environmental responsibility, online safety, and gender and diversity.

We’ll hear from Kelly Shea, Global Sustainability Program Manager; Cecily Joseph, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility; Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate; and Charmy Ruparel, Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion. We look forward to bringing you their perspectives and insights on our FY13 CR strategy and performance.

Stay tuned for this series starting this Tuesday, 9/10!...

Edwin Link | 03 Sep 2013 | 0 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. Last week, we heard from Acterra, an environmental nonprofit serving Silicon Valley, and today we hear from Edwin Link, Sr. Director of Academic Success, Arts, and Innovation at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


Ask a kindergarten class if they like science and all kids will...

Alex Von Feldt | 29 Aug 2013 | 1 comment

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. ...

lora_phillips | 28 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

Internet data centers represent up to two percent of electricity in the U.S., and the internet is responsible for nearly ten percent of U.S. electricity use.

As part of our efforts to support industry-wide solutions to environmental sustainability, Symantec recently joined Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR's) The Future of Internet Power initiative. This new leadership initiative includes the world’s leading IT companies such as Adobe, eBay, Facebook, HP,, and now Symantec, and will identify and publicize best practices around low-carbon power sourcing for data centers in the United States, as well as helping Internet companies work more effectively with key policymakers and utilities.

Today we are happy to feature Ryan Schuchard, Manager, Climate and Energy for BSR, sharing his recent...

gschumm | 21 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

According to NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, in 2011 31 percent of New York residents paid 50 percent or more of their income in rent and utilities.

Yesterday Symantec announced a special collaboration with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the nation’s largest public housing authority, to provide discounted Norton security software, specialist training and internships to more than 400,000 eligible NYCHA residents (see the flyer, below, that's been posted in the residences). A long-time customer of Symantec products, the NYCHA is committed to increasing opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services.


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...

Hillary Weingast | 13 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

Did you know that Symantec's legal department has had a formal pro bono program since 2007?

Since 2007, Symantec attorneys, paralegals and public affairs staff have been applying their day-job skills to volunteer with Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley. Our team helps families retain their homes, transition to new housing when faced with eviction, deal with landlord issues, address imminent homelessness and protect domestic violence survivors from their abusers. With its origins in the legal profession, pro bono has grown to include many diverse professional functions.  Pro bono, unlike traditional forms of volunteerism, uses business skills to provide services for the public good without compensation.

The impact of our pro bono program has been immense, both internally and...

lora_phillips | 08 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

Triple Pundit, one of the leading media platforms that reports on corporate responsibility and sustainability news, has featured Symantec’s Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility, Cecily Joseph, in its weekly column Women in CSR.

The column features interviews with leading female CSR practitioners highlighting what inspires them and how they found their way to careers in sustainability. Following is an excerpt from the article where Cecily discusses the evolution of CSR at Symantec:

3p: How has the sustainability program evolved at your company?

CJ: I have been with Symantec for about eight years, and during this time have seen our sustainability program evolve to become more formal and fully integrated with...