Since its founding in 1982, Adobe has grown into a global software company with more than 11,000 employees and a rich product portfolio for making, managing, monetizing, and measuring digital content. As we have 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.
Some of the issues we care about
Adobe has a long-standing commitment to making its products and technologies accessible for all users and does not 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. Learn more at the Adobe accessibility site and on the Adobe Accessibility blog.
The "cloud," meaning the shift to mobile devices and online services, is an important and growing form of computing. Entrepreneurs worldwide, some from countries that may have missed out on earlier waves of technology innovation (because of lax intellectual property laws, for example), have another opportunity to compete as a result of this shift. 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 a global economy. Learn more about Adobe's cloud offerings: Adobe® Creative Cloud™ and Adobe Marketing Cloud.
Adobe has 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. Adobe believes 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 postsecondary education. Visit the Adobe Education site for details.
Governments that adopt emerging technologies are better positioned to meet the needs of citizens. Adobe delivers 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, Adobe helps governments become more effective and efficient. Get the details about Adobe government solutions.
Adobe is recognized as one of the greenest companies in the world, in terms of our commitment to green power, water conservation, energy savings, and waste reduction — all of which go into the multiple U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum building certifications held by numerous Adobe facilities. In addition, Adobe works with governments and companies globally to automate business processes, eliminating paper when possible. Adobe Connect™ collaboration software also allows companies and individuals to meet virtually, saving transportation costs and reducing the environmental footprint. Learn more about Adobe and environmental sustainability.
Adobe's greatest asset is its 11,000 employees worldwide. Regardless of where our employees are based, Adobe is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work and has been included in FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For." By seeking to hire the very best and brightest, Adobe continues to be a dynamic place to work, and we encourage governments to adopt policies that support the needs of our employees worldwide. Learn more about Adobe's culture and core values.
Adobe values intellectual property rights, including rights dealing 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 benefits economies worldwide. Learn more about Adobe and anti-piracy.
Much of the innovation in the 21st century 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 the Creative Cloud and Adobe Marketing Cloud businesses. We take these responsibilities seriously and are committed to designing our products and services with consumer notice and choice in mind. Read details about our privacy practices in the Adobe Privacy Center.
At Adobe, security is a key component of the software development process and one we take proactive measures to improve on. We believe that the market drives innovation, and as such, market-based solutions are the best tools to improve cybersecurity and data security. Learn more at the Adobe security site and on the Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team blog.
Adobe supports 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.