* as of July 2022
Our passion comes from wanting to create the most employee-centric and responsible company in the world. We recognize that we can't have a safer world if we don't respect our planet. We believe that all people should prosper and thrive, because everything we do is through a lens of inclusion.
We advance our industry.
Making the world safer and more secure is a big job, and as an industry leader, we take that responsibility seriously. We strive to be a model corporate citizen and continuously elevate our business practices, from our employee-facing initiatives and code of conduct to our suppliers and partner ecosystem. We set a high bar for ourselves and our value chain, striving to advance our shared interest in corporate responsibility standards across our industry.
We respect our planet.
There is only one planet earth, and we recognize the role we must take in order to protect it. From our 100% renewable energy goal, our emissions reduction targets based on science and our engagement across our value chain, we are taking meaningful action to make our business sustainable for the long term.
We uplift our communities.
We care about the communities we live and work in, so we mobilize our global workforce to have a positive social impact. We believe protecting our digital way of life is a privilege, and we strive to educate our communities on all aspects of cybersecurity. We invest in causes that align employee interests with community needs, and through our outreach programs, we support and uplift communities around the world.
We advance our industry.
Our first duty is to ensure our global workforce knows what it means to be part
the leading cybersecurity company in the world. This means each and every
understands our Code
of Business Conduct and Ethics and their actions represent
Just as our employees accept the responsibilities of that code, as an employer, we accept our responsibility to co-create an employee-centric culture where we integrate our values of disruption, execution, collaboration, integrity and inclusion into every aspect of our People Strategy.
We are committed to executing a pay-for-performance compensation philosophy that
is fair and equitable across our global employee base. We conduct an annual analysis through external
independent compensation consultants and review total compensation, which includes salary, bonus and
Our fairness and equity analysis includes gender for all global employees and race and ethnicity for employees in the U.S. As a result of these measures and corrections, our employees are paid fairly and equitably regardless of race/ethnicity (U.S.) or gender (global).
In compliance with country-specific disclosure requirements regarding pay equity, we are proud to share relevant reporting below, which reinforces our commitment to pay equity.
Ethical business practices are at the heart of Palo Alto Networks, and we expect all our suppliers, and their suppliers too, to comply with our Global Supplier Code of Conduct.
The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is the largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate responsibility in supply chains. Members, suppliers and stakeholders collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions as well as business performance through leading standards and practices. We view membership as a foundational component of our approach to corporate responsibility.
Our suppliers should be a reflection of the communities where we do business and the customers who find value in our products. To that end, our goal is to grow and expand our partnerships with companies throughout the value chain—particularly minority- and women-owned enterprises.
We have conducted an internal review of existing suppliers to establish a baseline for growth and established a working group to benchmark our supplier diversity programs. We know that our journey to diversify our supply chain will evolve over time, and we are committed to making progress and increasing our outreach.
We respect our planet.
We are future-focused and, to protect our digital way of life, we must also commit to bold climate action. Actions we take must be immediate, grounded in data, with science as the guardrails to sound strategies. We believe that now is the time to set ambitious science-based targets, advocate for climate policy, and collaborate with customers, partners and suppliers to create data-driven solutions. We:
Inform, engage and inspire our employees to have a positive environmental impact
Deploy best-in-class environmental initiatives across our corporate footprint
Design and distribute our products and services with minimal environmental disruption
Collaborate with our stakeholders to encourage adoption of similar environmental practices
In addition to setting 100% renewable energy and two Net Zero goals, Palo Alto Networks set three Science-Based Targets (SBTs): 1.5° Celcius-aligned for Scopes 1+2, and two Scope 3 targets that are across our entire value chain, and cover over 90% of our greenhouse gas emissions. The Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) validated all of our targets in 2023.
Palo Alto Networks reports annually to CDP Climate and has since 2020. We post all of our CDP Climate disclosure here so that shareholders, customers, suppliers, and employees can stay updated on our:
Just as we partner with others to address global cybersecurity challenges, we recognize the value of joining forces to address the climate crisis. Palo Alto Networks is actively involved in the following coalitions and advocates for environmental stewardship:
Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders: The Alliance is a global community of business leaders who use their position and influence to drive bold, corporate climate action. Members set ambitious targets, actively seek to reduce emissions within their own businesses, and in doing so, inspire other companies to do the same.
We Mean Business: This global nonprofit coalition works with the world's most influential businesses to take action on climate change.
The Climate Pledge: We've made a pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Companies and organizations that sign the pledge agree to regular reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, carbon elimination through business change and innovations, and credible offsets to neutralize any remaining emissions to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.
Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi): The SBTi, a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets. The SBTi call to action is one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.
Ceres Policy Network: Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP): Founded in 2009, the Ceres BICEP Network helps companies voice their support for the policies our economy urgently needs to prevent the dire financial and material risks of the climate crisis, while unleashing new industries, jobs, and growth as part of the solution.
With a global workforce more than 12,500 strong, employees have a multiplier effect on climate impact. Through green teams active in all regions, we're able to increase awareness of eco-friendly behaviors that align with our climate commitment. From park and waterway cleanups to environmental information sessions or activities that focus on the intersection between the environment, recreation and wellbeing, green teams have a hands-on and meaningful impact around the globe.
They set out aiming for the distance from headquarters to our London office and ended up with the distance of a lap around the world! All because of our generous, caring, and determined employees.
Happy Friday! Here's a weekend activity for a good cause. 🌎 🌍 🌏 Share your pictures and tag us. We are doing all of this for one reason and one reason only. There is #NoPlanetB #EarthDay2021 #TakingAction #GreenEducation
🌱 Our first ANZ Corporate Responsibility event happened on 10th November where employees around Australia and New Zealand took to their local streets, parks, and beaches to clean up their communities. Amazing participation rate, lots of laughs…
We uplift our communities.
We are inspiring, teaching and empowering the next generation of cybersecurity experts and advocates.
The responsible use of technology is central to our vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. As a cybersecurity leader, we see firsthand that the number of cyber threats is increasing as the security landscape becomes more and more complex. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated changes in how we learn, connect and socialize, and it exposed how some communities are more vulnerable than others to cybercrime.
Although many of our youth are native to digital environments, they can often lack security awareness and the habits needed to keep themselves safe online. Similarly, individuals who are adapting to the current digital landscape at their own pace, such as seniors, also find it challenging to navigate the internet safely. In addition to this, the cybersecurity industry continues to experience high demand for qualified, available and diverse talent in the workforce. At Palo Alto Networks, we are both deeply committed and uniquely positioned to address these challenges.
Through our various programs we provide free, high-quality, educational content and tools that demystify technical concepts, increase digital literacy, and cultivate generations of responsible digital citizens. At the same time, we also inspire youth and prepare young professionals to pursue future careers in cybersecurity while upskilling and diversify the workforce of today.
Our education programs align to our Inclusion & Diversity initiatives and aim to break through traditional boundaries of background and gender to empower the next generation of cybersecurity experts. Our Global Cybersecurity Education Fund is set up to fund cybersecurity education programs and inspire students to pursue careers in technology.
Cyber A.C.E.S. is our free, cybersecurity education program for kids ages 5 to 15. Cyber A.C.E.S. provides the cybersecurity basics students need to have safer online experiences and become good digital citizens. Lessons can be facilitated by anyone, regardless of their knowledge level, with each module tailored to a specific age group. Palo Alto Networks employees also volunteer to deploy lessons to nonprofits and schools.
Our Cyber STARS program addresses racial disparity in technology. It seeks to create opportunities for Black youth ages 5–25 through education, training, mentorship and economic empowerment, with a focus on organizations serving large numbers of Black and brown students.
Our partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA was designed to inspire the next generation of female cybersecurity leaders! Beyond helping to improve online safety and digital citizenship, this national cybersecurity badge program helps girls break through traditional STEM barriers and shows them a future path to exciting, challenging, and well-paying jobs in tech and cybersecurity.
Protecting Your Digital Life is a new program that provides a series of downloadable, self-paced workbooks for individuals of all ages to explore various cybersecurity concepts and best practices at their own pace, without needing an active internet connection.
The Cybersecurity Academy prepares students for successful careers in cybersecurity and technology fields by providing free, comprehensive curriculum to qualified universities, colleges, and high schools. Participation in this program includes materials for faculty-led training, hands-on labs, and other programs and competitions.
We support community involvement and encourage employees to invest their time and monetary resources in causes that matter to them.
Employees donate to eligible nonprofits and schools, and we double their donations! From time to time, we also run special matching programs – when additional funding helps to provide relief from natural disasters and catastrophic events.
For those who give generously with their time, our “Dollars for Doers” program allows employees to have an even greater impact: each hour of volunteer time can direct US$25 to the organization!
Departments and business units enjoy volunteering as team-building, so our volunteer grant program provides a funding allowance to cover expenses for teams of eight or more who wish to make a meaningful difference.
At Palo Alto Networks, our philanthropic focus aims to align our giving with our core competency of cybersecurity as well as our commitment to improve the equity and inclusion of communities most under-represented and underserved. Our investments focus on organizations that provide basic needs, educational enrichment, health services and address social justice for populations aligned with our inclusion and diversity initiatives.
We work hand in hand with our employee network groups (ENGs) to invest in causes that serve to uplift Black, Latinx, Women, Veterans, LGBTQIA+ and individuals with disabilities. Our investments in educational programs are generally focused on advancing STEM skills for youth and young adults.
Palo Alto Networks is not currently accepting unsolicited requests for funding. For information about our corporate philanthropy guidelines, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts around the globe and will leave waves for years, if not decades, to come.Recognizing that we were about to enter a period of considerable uncertainty , early in the pandemic, Palo Alto Networks established a COVID Relief Fund. Through multiple internal fundraising campaigns and initiatives, employees contributed nearly $1.7 million to the Fund, and after special matching, our company raised more than $5.8 million for colleagues and communities. This money has been used to support local and regional organizations providing pandemic relief and to set up an employee relief fund for those employees experiencing hardship as a result of COVID and other disasters.
Above, we’ve summarized our Corporate Responsibility pillars of Passion, Planet and People. We know that stakeholders want to understand how Palo Alto Networks is performing against standard environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics.
We’re pleased to release our FY22 Environmental, Social and Governance Report summarizing our ESG strategies and achievements during fiscal 2022.FY21 ESG Supplement
The FY22 ESG Report is a demonstration of our commitment to ongoing transparency and engagement with our stakeholders on these important topics. The Report is aligned to frameworks established by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the World Economic Forum’s Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics. We’re pleased with our progress addressing key issues such as climate action, human capital development, inclusion and diversity and corporate behavior. We welcome your input.
Proud to earn a place on CDP’s 2022 A List Climate CDP has included Palo Alto Networks among the “A List 2022 Climate”. Fewer than 2% of nearly 15,000 companies scored in 2022 were awarded A ratings, demonstrating our leadership in environmental transparency and performance on climate change.our JUST 100 ranking
Proud to be a CDP Supplier Engagement Leader 2022 At Palo Alto Networks we recognize that achieving our climate commitments requires significant partnership with our value chain. That collaboration has distinguished us as a CDP 2022 Supplier Engagement Leader, an honor given to the top 8% of companies assessed by CDP.our JUST 100 ranking
MSCI upgrades Palo Alto Networks ESG Rating to AA As of 2023, Palo Alto Networks received an MSCI ESG Rating of AA, citing improvements in corporate governance practices and strong talent management programs. MSCI ESG Research provides MSCI ESG Ratings on global public and a few private companies on a scale of AAA (leader) to CCC (laggard), according to exposure to industry-specific ESG risks and the ability to manage those risks relative to peers.MSCI upgrades Palo Alto Networks ESG Rating to AA
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Rated “Gold” by EcoVadis - 2 years running EcoVadis, founded in 2007, envisions a global marketplace where sustainability intelligence influences every business decision - improving economies, people’s lives and the planet. Palo Alto Networks earned a “Gold” rating for its overall ESG performance, placing it among the top 5% of companies in the EcoVadis network.Rated “Gold” by EcoVadis
Recognized by Sustainalytics as “Industry Top Rated” — again! For the second year in a row, Sustainalytics, a Morningstar company, has recognized Palo Alto Networks as “Industry Top Rated” for 2023 based on our overall environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. Palo Alto Networks’ ESG Risk Rating places it in the top 5th percentile in the Software & Services industry, and the top 4th in the sub-industry of Enterprise and Infrastructure Software, assessed by Sustainalytics.our Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating Profile
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#1 Environmental and Social QualityScore by ISS Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions, has issued* a QualityScore of 1 for Palo Alto Networks related to its disclosures of Environmental and Social business practices. A Quality Score of 1 represents the highest rating measured by ISS and reflects the company’s commitment to transparency across more than 200 factors including management of environmental risks and opportunities, carbon and climate, human rights, health & safety and stakeholders & society.ISS ESG Ratings
*QualityScore issued January 2022 and January 2023.
Achieved Prime ESG rating by ISS Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions, has issued* a “Prime” rating for Palo Alto Networks overall environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. “Prime” status is granted to industry leaders who fulfill demanding absolute performance expectations and are thus well-positioned to manage critical ESG risks.Prime ESG rating by ISS
*Issued May 2022.
Ranked Among Top Companies for Families & Communities JUST Capital has recognized Palo Alto Networks, for the second year in a row, for our efforts to support families and communities. We are honored for the recognition and remain committed to supporting the health of our employees, their families, and our communities as a critical element of our comprehensive Environmental, Social and Governance strategy.Ranked Among Top Companies for Families & Communities
We’re proud to be among the 2022 JUST 100 At Palo Alto Networks, how we operate has always been important as it’s a direct extension of our values. Being named in the 2022 Ranking of America’s Most JUST Companies is a significant milestone that represents our progress and execution of our environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy.our JUST 100 ranking
We work every day to create an environment where our employees feel safer and more
being their authentic selves than the day before. Our inclusion and diversity focus
have direct intersectionality with our corporate responsibility pillars.
We are committed to expanding our inclusion initiatives to create a fair playing field for all to thrive—where our workforce better reflects the world in which we live. It is not only the right thing to do but also vital to the continued growth and success of our company.