Norton, formerly Symantec, is a cybersecurity software company. Norton canceled its business relationship with the NRA in 2018. The company does vet its suppliers based on LGBTQ policies but does not have viewpoint protections for its employees. Norton has supported the Equality Act and regularly uses corporate dollars to support a variety of ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression, such as Black Lives Matter (BLM), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and others. For these reasons, Norton receives a "High Risk" rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Norton has a donation matching program that focuses on specific missions and has no written rule prohibiting donations to religious organizations (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Norton’s Code of Conduct does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
As Symantec (pre-2019), Norton’s leaders “underwrote” a series of web posts about how corporations should retool to be more in accordance with the tenets of the BLM movement (1). Norton has worked with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s (GLAAD) communications department to rebuild Norton’s web filtering software cooperatively (2). Norton has also endorsed events from both GLAAD and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network on its blogs (3). Norton is a member of the HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act (4).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
As Symantec (pre-2019), the company granted funds directly to Planned Parenthood (1). In January 2021, Norton ran a “special” 2:1 donation matching campaign that specifically supported BLM, Color of Change, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and many similar organizations (2). Norton also made a $100,000 grant to the National Urban League (3). Norton is a Bronze sponsor of Out and Equal (4).
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March 28, 2023
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