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Diversity and Inclusion

With operations in more than 50 countries, Symantec is a truly global company, with a globally diverse workforce. Our ability to attract, develop, promote, retain and fully engage a wide range of talented individuals enhances innovation in our products and services and improves our competitiveness.
We are committed to keeping our diversity and inclusion initiatives front and center. As we continue to expand our efforts, we keep four goals in mind:
  • Expanding the talent pool, and maximizing our access to that pool
  • Helping our workforce understand the paths to advancement and feel supported in their roles
  • Helping our global workforce feel connected to the organization
  • Ensuring accountability on our diversity and inclusion efforts and connecting diversity and inclusion to the business goals of the organization

Symantec’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the Future

Symantec understands the importance of having the right talent to enable us to achieve our goals. Therefore, our diversity and inclusion plans for the future are centered on strengthening our global talent pipeline and utilizing our existing talent to the fullest.
Symantec’s 5-year goal is to increase the diversity of our workforce, at all levels of the company, by 15 percent by the year 2020 (using a FY14 baseline year) by implementing efforts focused on accessing a more diverse talent pool, establishing executive level talent metrics and focusing on talent development.
In the near to mid-term, Symantec’s global diversity and inclusion road map will include three key strategic focus areas:
  • Talent Acquisition – Increase our access to a more diverse talent pool by:

    a. Building stronger partnerships with colleges and universities that serve diverse populations (for example, Women, African-Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, veterans, etc.)

    b. Strengthening our company’s internship program as a pipeline where diverse talent can be identified early in their careers

    c. Leveraging our Employee Resource Groups as a talent source through the company’s ongoing employee referral program

  • Leadership Accountability – Establish executive level metrics on talent to drive change and diversify our overall workforce by:

    a. Fully implementing the diversity scorecard to measure leaders’ success talent mobility

    b. Launching a company-wide inclusion survey to measure Symantec’s culture and assess managers

    c. Rolling out an inclusion training focused on Unconscious Bias for all executives, people managers and high potential talent

  • Talent Development – Build and retain our talented workforce by:

    a. Designing and launching a targeted high potential program for diverse talent

    b. Utilizing diversity as a key component in the succession planning process for future leaders

    c. Building an Employee Resource Group Leadership Academy to develop this group of employees as future leaders

Leveraging employee unique differences and focusing on these three strategic areas will help Symantec innovate and give us a competitive advantage in the marketplace while diversifying our workforce over the next five years.

Diversity and Inclusion Scorecard

Our new internal diversity scorecard provides information on the composition of each business unit’s workforce from a diversity and talent mobility perspective. This tool will help our leaders track the progress of attraction, development, promotion and retention of globally diverse talent. The scorecard will be used to hold leaders accountable for their progress, and it will set a benchmark to help us track progress.

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Workforce Data FY2014

Women and Leadership

Around the world, women are underrepresented in the field of technology. As a result, women are missing out on this promising career path, and the field is missing out on their contributions. Symantec is committed to gender equality and advancement of women in technology.
Percentage of female employees
Asia, Pacific, Japan (APJ)
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
Symantec's Presence at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing's Career Fair Symantec's Presence at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing's Career Fair
Technical women at Symantec join other leading technology companies to participate in TechWomen. Through this program, emerging leaders in technology fields from the Middle East and North Africa are paired with their counterparts at innovative companies in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area of the United States. The program provides a unique opportunity to build bridges and create understanding while supporting the next generation of emerging technical women.
The TechWomen Mentees of 2013
The TechWomen Mentees of 2013