Innovative ideas, emerging technologies, strategic acquisitions— we work in an industry where the pace is fast and change is constant. But some things will never change, like our commitment to doing business honestly, ethically and with respect for one another. At Cisco we put our values into practice every day; doing the right thing is just part of our DNA.
When you are faced with an ethical dilemma, you have a responsibility to take action. It may seem easier to say nothing or look the other way, but taking no action is, in itself, an action that can have serious consequences. Speak up if you see or suspect activity that violates our COBC. As we continue to grow and innovate, you will be helping to further our mission while preserving our core values.
Our continued success depends on your ability to make decisions that are consistent with our core values. Regardless of the situation, exercise total honesty and integrity in everything you do. As an employee, you are responsible for complying with all applicable laws and regulations in each country in which we do business and for knowing and complying with our COBC and other company policies. Violations are subject to discipline, which may include termination of employment. Your individual commitment to doing the right thing will strengthen our reputation as a trusted global brand.
This Decision Tree can be a useful tool when you are faced with a difficult decision. Click each of the questions below to know what action to take when confronted with an ethics-related issue.Ask yourself:
The multi-lingual Cisco Ethics Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide, with country-based toll-free phone numbers. The Ethics Line is staffed by a leading third-party reporting service. You have the option to remain anonymous* when you call; however, the investigation may be hindered if the investigator is unable to contact you for further information.
*Please note: Some countries do not allow such concerns to be reported anonymously.
Questions and concerns regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters (or other related issues) can be submitted — confidentially or anonymously — to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. at the following private mailbox (PMB):
Cisco Systems, Audit Committee
105 Serra Way, PMB #112, Milpitas, CA 95035