Symantec: Corporate Responsibility in a Connected World
Symantec is a leading corporation that provides means of securing and managing vast amounts of information for clients of all sizes. The company’s core businesses are consumer, endpoint security, storage management and backup.
Symantec has incorporated environmental stewardship as an integral part of their business strategy. The company’s policy focuses on four main components: Green IT, Resource conservation, Responsible Sourcing, and Travel and Events. With a focus on innovation in responsible use of resources and integrating environmental sustainability to their customer offerings, the company manages operational impacts as well as product and service development for clients.
As a result of Symantec’s dedication to environmental stewardship, the company has soared from a score of 26 to 98 out of 100 on the CDP’s Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index in just six years. The company holds 20 LEED-certified facilities, making up approximately 80 percent of their eligible real estate square footage. The company has surpassed their ongoing goal of 1.7 average PUE with an average PUE of 1.44 for currently sub-metered facilities in the last fiscal year.
Internally, Symantec places great focus on empowering their employees to initiate sustainability innovations. Established in 2008, the formal program of “Green Teams” has equipped groups of employee volunteers to pursue their passion for the environment. Green Teams educate fellow employees and identify opportunities for innovations and greener practices. With the support of Global Green teams, each team develops its own initiatives based on local environmental needs. Symantec employees are engaged in striving for an 80 percent diversion rate from landfills and have achieved a 52 percent landfill diversion rate on a global scale.
In addition to the Green Teams program, Symantec continues to focus on sustainability with innovations and developments centered on compliance for standards on electronic equipment design and disposal, and addressing climate change.