14 October 2010 | Lindsay Clark
Security software firm Symantec is to implement a supplier code of conduct to impose human rights standards on its vendors.
The California-based IT firm created its own Human Rights Policy statement in 2009, based on the United Nations Global Compact. It is now looking to disseminate good practice among its suppliers.
“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,” the company’s corporate social responsibility report said. “We are engaging with our stakeholders to continually refine our approach and related policies and practices.”
The report also addresses responsible sourcing. In the financial year 2010, Symantec completed an in-depth review of its existing supply chain management practices.
“The key recommendation is that Symantec should adopt a supplier code of conduct and amend all standard contracts to include more robust language about social, environmental, and ethical practices,” the CSR report said.
In business travel, Symantec said it was guiding stakeholders toward suppliers with environmental credentials. “The company’s online booking tool provider, GetThere, will soon provide individual travellers with carbon data links and messages highlighting Symantec’s preferred green suppliers and will enable travellers to personally offset the emissions.”