Adobe and public policy.

Since our founding in 1982, Adobe has become a global software company with more than 11,000 employees and a rich portfolio of products for making, managing, monetizing and measuring digital content. As we've evolved, so have the policy and regulatory issues — from accessibility and standards to security, education and privacy — that impact us, our customers and our communities. Adobe's Government Relations team works directly with governments worldwide on these issues, offering timely information and providing expertise on the complex technical issues in the software industry today.



Policy issues we care about.


We have a long-standing commitment to making our products and technologies accessible for all users, and we don't believe that technological progress and accessibility are a zero-sum game. We think governments should adopt globally accepted, technology-independent standards when developing rules for the accessibility of content on their websites.
Immigration and workforce
Our greatest asset is our workforce of 11,000 employees worldwide. Regardless of where our employees are based, we're consistently ranked as one of the best places to work and we've been included in FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. By seeking to hire the very best and brightest, we continue to be a dynamic place to work, and we encourage governments to adopt policies that support the needs of our employees worldwide.
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We have a long history of offering our products to students and teachers at a reduced price. Young people around the world need skills that will help them secure employment in the 21st century. We believe there is no greater investment in our country than helping youth gain the skills they need to be competitive in the global marketplace, which is why we advocate for programs supporting the arts and technology in K–12 and post-secondary education.
The Cloud
The Cloud is an important form of computing that has enabled the rapid growth in the use of mobile devices and online services. Entrepreneurs worldwide — some from countries that missed out on earlier waves of technology innovation for reasons such as lax intellectual property laws — have a new opportunity to compete as a result of the shift to the Cloud. As Adobe's online services business grows, our ability to serve our customers is threatened by the adoption of trade policies that restrict cross-border data flows, set government standards for data storage or cybersecurity, or mandate that servers be located only in certain jurisdictions. Our customers want access to their data anywhere from any device, and we continue to work to make this a reality in the global economy.
Intellectual property
Adobe values intellectual property rights, including those that deal with copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets. Strong intellectual property laws, vigorously enforced, are important not only for Adobe but for the global technology industry as well. As a software company, Adobe has a substantial problem with piracy, including Internet piracy. We aim to work with all parties toward balanced legislative and trade solutions that promote innovation, combat intellectual property theft and allow the software industry to continue to provide good jobs and innovation that benefit economies worldwide.
Much of 21st century innovation is being driven by data. The analysis of data, in turn, drives customized content that benefits consumers and enables products to be delivered more efficiently. Adobe is a steward of customer data in both our Adobe Creative Cloud and Marketing Cloud businesses. We take these responsibilities seriously and are committed to designing our products and services with consumer notice and choice in mind.
Energy and environment
Adobe is recognized as one of the greenest companies in the world. Our commitments to green power, water conservation, energy savings and waste reduction are all in evidence in the multiple U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum building certifications held by a number of our facilities. In addition, we work with governments and companies globally to automate business processes, eliminating paper when possible. Adobe Connect collaboration software also allows companies and individuals to conduct virtual meetings, saving transportation costs and reducing environmental impacts.
We support the adoption of a tax system that promotes investment, is fair and equitable when viewed globally and gives government the income necessary to provide services critical to the functioning of our society. 
Security is a key component of our software development process and one we work proactively to improve. We believe that the market drives innovation and, as such, market-based solutions are the best tools for improving cybersecurity and data security.
Efficient government
Governments that adopt emerging technologies are better positioned to meet the needs of their citizens. We deliver solutions that help government agencies organize and evaluate the information and experiences needed to achieve their missions. Through content creation and management, secure business workflows, easy-to-develop forms, robust analytics and intuitive, collaborative eLearning, we help governments become more effective and efficient.  


Adobe belongs to or partners with a number of public policy assocations across the globe. View associations ›



Government Relations team


Jace Johnson
Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy
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Lisa Lindgren
Manager, Government Relations

Matt Schrader
Manager, Government Relations

John Jolliffe
Senior Manager, European Government Affairs

Erica Fensom
Senior Manager, APAC Government Affairs


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