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Message from the CEO

In today’s connected world, the free and safe flow of information drives people, businesses and governments to achieve new and better things. Big data and digital devices have transformed the way data is consumed and stored, making the task of protecting information a top priority for organizations large and small. The risk to this most valuable asset has never been greater.
Symantec makes the world a safer place by protecting and managing information. We also believe corporate responsibility and creating a positive societal impact are core to our business success. Just as we are consistently pushing the boundaries in engineering to develop the most innovative and advanced technologies, we continuously invest in our employees, strive to reduce our environmental impact, and support philanthropic projects around the globe.
And we continue to deepen our commitment to integrating corporate responsibility across the business enabling Symantec to Transform to Protect the Future.

Committed to Engaging Our People

We take pride in developing career paths for our employees, making Symantec an employer of choice. In FY2014, Symantec implemented a workforce engagement strategy designed to increase the connection employees feel with the company, develop career opportunities and position employees for long-term success.
We launched the Symantec Service Corps, a pilot program that sent a team of employees to Peru for four weeks to perform pro bono, skills-based volunteer work in support of three non-profit organizations. The teams worked full-time to solve specific business challenges to improve the local organizations’ ability to provide critically-needed services for their communities, while developing their own leadership, teamwork, and cultural adaptability skills. Hundreds of employees from across the globe applied for the program, and while ten were selected to go to Peru, the entire company was inspired by their journey.
Symantec has received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the sixth consecutive year. We were also among HRC’s ‘Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality’. We reaffirmed our commitment to prioritize and expand diversity and inclusion by creating the Chief Diversity Officer role and welcomed two additional women to our board of directors. We have also set a new goal to increase the diversity of our workforce by 15% by the year 2020. These steps help us compete for and develop talent, and provide new perspectives and voices that accelerate our product strategy and development, and ultimately, our success.

Committed to Protecting Your Information

At Symantec, helping people, businesses and governments protect and manage their information remains our top business priority. In our 2014 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, we reported a 62% increase in the total number of breaches from the previous year. Recent headlines only underscore the impact a single security incident can have. That’s why Symantec continues to innovate in how we protect and manage information. Our market-leading antivirus remains a baseline capability required for any endpoint protection product, a critical piece of our broader arsenal against the evolving threat landscape. But we continue our ground-breaking work in keeping the world's information safe, anywhere and everywhere it goes, through innovation like our Advanced Threat Protection offerings we announced earlier this year.
We know that one of the biggest challenges facing the cybersecurity industry is the lack of trained cybersecurity professionals. Symantec recently launched our new Symantec Cyber Careers Connection (SC3) program to address this concern at the Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting. SC3 is designed to help narrow the global workforce gap in cybersecurity by training and certifying economically disadvantaged young adults and assisting them in landing meaningful internships and jobs. This important new program offers shared value to Symantec and society by addressing both youth unemployment while building a long-term talent pool.

Committed to Improving the World

We continue our support for the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and have offered significant leadership in the UNGC U.S. Network as it has grown into an increasingly active organization.
Additionally, environmental stewardship is an integral part of our business strategy. However, we have been challenged in our efforts to establish a company-wide goal for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We are committed to continuing to work through a process to establish a relevant goal to reduce emissions and intend to announce a goal in FY15.
We continue to work towards the LEED certification goal we set for all newly owned or long-leased facilities. This year, we added two new certifications, raising the certified percentage of our eligible square-footage to 82 percent. At our Mountain View headquarters, we installed nearly 1,500 solar panels on a parking garage roof. This initiative, along with acceptance to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, reflect the passion that Symantec has for preserving our environmental resources and creating better social, economic and environmental outcomes for our industry. We have set new goals for all Tier One suppliers to implement the EICC code of conduct by the end of 2016 and for all products manufactured for Symantec to be validated as “conflict-free” across all four minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold) by 2017.
Symantec remains committed to making the world a safer place through our business efforts and our commitment to corporate responsibility. We are Transforming to Protect the Future. I am honored to play a role in Symantec’s transformation and am inspired by the passion displayed by our employees who are working together to protect the world from the next generation of information security challenges.
Symantec remains committed to making the world a safer place through our business efforts and our commitment to corporate responsibility. We are Transforming to Protect the Future. I am honored to play a role in Symantec’s transformation and am inspired by the passion displayed by our employees who are working together to protect the world from the next generation of information security challenges.
Sincerely,
Michael Brown
President and Chief Executive Officer

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