Corporate social responsibility is a core value at Symantec and nowhere more so than in Dublin. Since establishing a presence in Ireland more than 20 years ago, Symantec Ireland has helped to enrich both the environmental and social fabric of local communities. Participating in many community outreach programs and activities over the years, making Ireland one of the leading examples of environmental and corporate responsibility across Symantec's global network.
One such initiative which is helping Symantec achieve their corporate social responsibility and environmental goals is their long standing partnership with Promise it to Rehab Recycle, which facilitate the secure donation of Symantec computers to schools, charities and community groups.
The Symantec Dublin “Green Team” held their annual “WEEE to Work” event for staff at their Ballycoolin facility in April. The recycling event is promoted is an integral part of the Symantec green agenda and is promoted internally to staff, who not only learn more about the benefits of recycling waste electrical but also learn more about how working with Rehab Recycle supports the employment of people with disabilities. The Symantec “Green Team” is a group of voluntary employees interested in identifying and implementing environmentally responsible practices that support Symantec’s environmental platform, raise awareness of the environment and culminate with measurable reductions in our carbon footprint.
In appreciation of the significant contribution that Symantec makes to Promise IT to Rehab Recycle staff were given the opportunity to win 5 desktops from Promise IT to Rehab Recycle for the school, charity or community group of their choice. Richard Beade won the prize which was delivered, on his behalf, to St John Bosco Senior Boys School on the Navan Road.
The day was truly interactive with staff having the opportunity to speak to our on-site WEEE recycling expert and were delighted to hear about the second life the Symantec equipment was getting while making a difference in a school, charity or community group. Staff were encouraged to send organisations in need of equipment our way.
Other charities which benefit from Symantec donations include Temple Street Children’s University Hospital Charity and The Barrestown Chairty.
As well as having ISO 14001 certification, Symantec achieved 81% of their 2012 environmental objectives recycling 96% of waste generated in the same year and were responsible for the donation of equipment to 14 schools and charities in Ireland.