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Code of Business Conduct

I Am Ethical

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.

So how do I know if I need to act when a situation
isn't clear?

Make good choices.

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.

Tip: Use the Ethics Decision Tree to guide you to the best course of action.

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.

“Ask Yourself”– Ethics Decision Tree

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:
  1. Is it legal?
    Not sure? Contact Legal for guidance.
    No The action may have serious consequences. Do not do it.
    Yes
  2. Does this comply with Cisco policy?
    Not sure? Check Cisco Policy Central for more information. Talk to your manager, your HR representative, or Legal for guidance.
    No The action may have serious consequences. Do not do it.
    Yes
  3. Does this reflect Cisco values and culture?
    Not sure? Check the Ethics website or contact your manager or Ethics Office for guidance.
    No The action may have serious consequences. Do not do it.
    Yes
  4. Could this adversely affect company stakeholders?
    Not sure? Talk to your manager, Legal, or the Ethics Office for guidance.
    Yes The action may have serious consequences. Do not do it.
    No
  5. Would you feel concerned if this appeared in a news headline?
    Not sure? Talk to your manager, Legal, or the Ethics Office for guidance.
    Yes The action may have serious consequences. Do not do it.
    No
  6. Could this adversely affect Cisco if all employees did it?
    Not sure? Talk to your manager, Legal, or the Ethics Office for guidance.
    Yes The action may have serious consequences. Do not do it.
    No
  7. The decision to move foward appears appropriate.
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