Cisco counts on me to use good judgment to conserve and safeguard company resources, such as computers, telephones, Internet access, copiers and work supplies. I am committed to using our resources appropriately and wisely.
Company assets should be used first and foremost for business purposes and to advance our strategic objectives. We each must guard against waste and abuse. Company assets include not only the physical space in which we work, but also other non-physical resources. You have no expectation of privacy when using the company's facilities or resources, as they belong to Cisco. Therefore, material transmitted or stored on company resources may be retained or reviewed.
Note: When employees use their personal devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) for work, they still need to protect any company-related information that is exchanged or stored on those devices (see I Protect What is Ours.)
Cisco encourages employees to use social media to promote collaboration and innovation. Policies and guidelines regarding these tools can be found in the Social Media Policy and in the Global Social Media Community. It's important to avoid disclosing proprietary information or misusing Cisco's intellectual property (see “I Protect What is Ours”), and understand that the same rules about communicating Cisco information 'offline' also apply in the ‘online' world.
Conscientious, lawful and professional use of email, computers and other communications systems for work are acceptable. This includes protecting Cisco's brand. Our copyrighted works (such as documentation, graphics, images, videos, audio recordings, and software) should only be used only for business purposes pursuant to Cisco's policies.
Occasional use of company assets for personal
reasons is permitted, within reason, as long as it does
not compromise Cisco's interests or adversely affect
job performance (yours or that of your coworkers).
Note: For Diversity guidance regarding use of company resources for personal belief topics or activities, refer to the Cisco Employee Resource Group Political and Advocacy Activities.
You may participate in political activities on an individual basis, with your own money and on your own time.
Cisco internal communications (discussion forums, WedEx Social postings, mailers, etc.) support collaboration and peer relationships. Use of these communication channels should be consistent with the Cisco values of trust, integrity, inclusion, and respect for others.
Your use of company resources should never result in significant added costs, disruption of business, or any disadvantage to Cisco.
Do not access, distribute, download, or upload material that is prohibited by law or contains sexual content; or distribute or upload material containing offensive language, third party copyright protected materials without permission from the owner, anything that would negatively reflect on Cisco, or derogatory comments about race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or religion.
Generally, limited personal use of company resources is permitted as long as there is no significant cost for Cisco, work is not disrupted and the activities do not violate policies or laws.
Business use of company assets is only for Cisco business. Employees are not permitted to use assets to support a second job, self-employment venture or consulting effort.
No, you may not offer the use of your subscription account to others via Cisco community mailers. Doing so may violate the terms of the subscription and possibly create legal ramifications for you and Cisco.
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