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Diversity & Inclusion

Symantec defines diversity as all of the differences that make each of us unique individuals. Our ability to attract, retain, and fully engage diverse talent leads to enhanced innovation and creativity in our products and services. As such, we believe that our continuing commitment to inclusive hiring and promotion is a business imperative.
Symantec's diversity and inclusion efforts start at the top with an Executive Steering Committee that champions Symantec's global diversity and inclusion initiatives.
We offer a variety of programs to teach our employees how to conduct business successfully in a multicultural and multiethnic world. New employees receive diversity training as part of their orientation and all employees have access to Globe Smart, an online tool designed to raise awareness of cultural differences among people around the world. In addition, Symantec hosts an annual Diversity Week during which employees across the globe focus on building their knowledge and understanding of other cultures by attending webinars and a variety of in person trainings.
Symantec's internal diversity and inclusion website provides easy access to information on diversity issues, outreach activities, and other resources. We conduct an annual diversity and inclusion survey as part of our on-going internal assessment and improvement efforts. This survey is in addition to our annual employee satisfaction and engagement survey.
  • Local Diversity and Inclusion Councils are composed of employees who reflect the diversity of their site and volunteer their time and talents to build diversity awareness and to promote an inclusive work environment.
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are grassroots networks of employees who connect with one another to explore shared cultural interests, perspectives, values, and lifestyle orientations. ERGs are vibrant contributors to Symantec’s communities of operation, and frequently host or participate in cultural, educational, and community service events. For example, five particularly active ERGs include the Symantec Women’s Action Network (SWAN); Symantec’s Black Employee Network (SBEN); Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Affinity group (HOLA); Symantec’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (LGBTA) group (SymPride) and Symantec Leading and Empowering Asian Development (SymLEAD).

Symantec Women's Action Network (SWAN)— an ERG with 14 global chapters—is designed to attract talented women and support and encourage them to further their careers at Symantec. SWAN provides female employees a forum for personal and professional networking throughout all levels of the company, enabling them to build relationships, share information, and receive Learning Excellence Credits (LECs) for participation in SWAN events and trainings. To develop a long-term pipeline of women interested in technology, SWAN members connect with and serve as role models for girls interested in technology by participating in events and organizations, attending conferences on leadership and technology and presenting at conferences and webinars.

Symantec's Support for Gender Equality

Symantec devotes particular attention to the promotion of gender equality and the advancement of women in technology. With the widespread underrepresentation of young, female students in math, science, and other technical disciplines, the IT industry is largely male-dominated—a limiting trend that Symantec is working to address.
“As a technology company, innovation is key to Symantec’s business success.  Diversity in our workforce, especially talented and creative women, provides a unique and invaluable perspective that fosters innovation and strengthens our business. Symantec has a longstanding commitment to advancing and empowering women in the workplace and we fully endorse the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The Principles provide us with a framework to ensure that Symantec remains a place where innovative ideas can flourish, and where both women and men can have productive and satisfying careers.” – Steve Bennett, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Symantec Corporation
Geek Girls FestSymantec is a founding signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP)—a partnership initiative of UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact—we commit to the pursuit of ongoing women’s advocacy efforts, aligned with the seven WEP mandates.
  1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work—respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
  3. Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all female and male workers
  4. Promote education, training, and professional development for women
  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain, and marketing practices that empower women
  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and
  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality
To help implement and promote the Principles at Symantec, we have established a WEP Key Stakeholder Committee which is pursuing a number of goals to ensure ongoing progress toward our gender and diversity objectives.

Enhancing Opportunities for Women in Technology

Women are under-represented in technical and leadership positions in the technology industry. At any given point in time over the past few years, women have comprised slightly more than a quarter of Symantec's global workforce, consistent with women's representation in the tech industry as a whole. To increase the number of women in leadership and technical positions at the company, Symantec has committed to a proactive, deliberative approach to create systemic change.
Symantec's internal efforts, such as SWAN and the Diversity and Inclusion Councils, are complemented by participation in national and international organizations that advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace:
Symantec sponsors the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in both the United States and India, funding scholarships to the events, and participating in panels.
Externally, technical women at Symantec have joined 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.

Celebrating Women in Technology

Since 2010, Symantec has recognized International Women’s Day by celebrating the achievements of women around the company and the world. International Women’s Day also serves as a reminder of our commitment to increase the participation of women in the field of technology.
We recognize that men play a critical role in creating a work environment that supports career success for women. For International Women's Day 2013, Symantec spotlighted men in our company who are building the kind of workplace that will help Symantec attract and retain talented women.

Partnering with Diversity Organizations

Symantec supports and partners with a variety of organizations that promote diversity and inclusion. Our partnerships include: