Human Rights

Symantec is committed to respecting human rights wherever we do business around the globe. We believe in the importance of upholding human rights, including the rights to privacy and freedom of expression as well as human rights in the supply chain. We engage with our stakeholders to continually refine our approach and related policies and practices.

Our Human Rights Policy statement builds on our commitment to uphold the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact and is aligned with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Symantec seeks to protect and advance human dignity and human rights in our global business practices. We comply with the requirements of the United States Government regulation on combatting trafficking in persons.

The U.S. Department of State's TIP Office, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security has developed the following awareness and training materials to help increase awareness and educate on the indicators of human trafficking:

On March 26, 2015, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 was passed into law in the United Kingdom. This law requires companies to publish a formal statement of how they are preventing human trafficking and slavery in their supply chains. Symantec has a zero-tolerance policy and expects all employees and contractors to be well aware of the implications of violating any aspect of human-trafficking related activities. Employees and contractors can report potential violations of this policy to Symantec's EthicsLine.

Symantec complies with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and provides the required public disclosure. Our statement can be found here: California Transparency in Supply Chain Act Disclosure 2016

Privacy and Freedom of Expression

As a company operating in the information communications and technology (ICT) space, we must consider all the ways our software and services are used. To the degree that there is a potential for misuse of our technologies, our responsibility is to be aware of and advocate against these abuses, and to the degree possible, implement safeguards to prevent them.

As the world’s information security leader, Symantec follows a rigorous privacy policy to protect our customer’s information. Read more about our privacy policy.

Responsible Sourcing

We have made strides to improve our human rights practices over the last few years:

  • In December 2013, the company issued its first policy on Conflict Minerals.
  • In January 2014, Symantec was accepted as an applicant member of the Responsible Business Alliance.The EICC’s Code of Conduct prohibits the use of forced, bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labor, involuntary prison labor, slavery, or trafficking of persons. Symantec has adopted the EICC Code for our own operations and expects our suppliers to adhere to the code.
  • In FY16, Symantec became a full member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.
  • To date 56% of our Tier 1 Product Suppliers have accepted our Corporate Responsibility Requirements and completed the RBA Self Assessment Questionnaire.
  • In FY17, and FY18 Symantec engaged with Dun and Bradstreet to have utilized their trafficking risk index to evaluate suppliers based on their vulnerability to human trafficking based on a known list of high risk commodities and geographic locations.
  • In FY18 Symantec added a human rights question to our supplier onboarding process.

Please refer to Supply Chain Responsibility for more information about our supply chain practices and policies.