CEO Message

As the global cyber security leader, Symantec takes seriously its mission to protect the world from the cyber attacks we hear about all too frequently. We are working each day to create a secure and sustainable future through our dedication to each other, our customers, and society.

In the past year, we’ve made exciting changes to redefine the future of cyber security and set the pace for innovation industrywide. We took transformational steps forward with the acquisition of Blue Coat and LifeLock. In both instances, the technologies and expertise we gained have allowed us to strengthen the protection we offer customers. 

The very nature of our business—ensuring the security, availability, and integrity of our customers' information—requires a culture of global responsibility. Symantec continues to follow the United Nations Global Compact’s ten principles to protect human rights, uphold ethical labor conditions, preserve the environment, and combat corruption. We also embrace the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant to our business. Throughout this report, we describe how we are contributing toward progress on specific SDG targets.

We have spent much of this transitional year integrating our workforce and driving operational efficiencies. While we’ve experienced a great deal of change, we remain committed to achieving our goals. Here are some of this year’s highlights:

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction: In FY17, we reduced our GHG emissions by fifteen percent, far surpassing our three percent annual reduction target. This achievement puts us well on track to meet or exceed our 10-year, 30-percent reduction goal. We remain committed to environmental stewardship and are excited to report on our progress.
  • Cyber security workforce growth: To date, we’ve exposed approximately 7,000 students to cyber security careers as we work to address the shortage of qualified candidates to join the fight against cyber criminals. Now in its third year, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (Symantec C3) provides a pathway for young people, adults, and veterans to learn about, and get trained to enter, cyber security careers.
  • Greater diversity and inclusion: I recently signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge along with more than 150 other CEOs. The goal is to rally the business community to advance diversity and inclusion. In addition, Symantec earned a 100-percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, earning a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” designation for the 9th consecutive year. Progress towards our diversity and inclusion goal is not easy, but we are committed to continuing to work on this important issue.

I am proud of Symantec’s continued leadership as a responsible and successful company, bringing together our people, passions, and powerful technology to support social and environmental priorities. On behalf of our entire team, thank you for your continued support.

Greg Clark
Chief Executive Officer