Doing what's right for Cisco is important. It means avoiding situations that create – or appear to create – a conflict between my personal benefit and Cisco's interests.
A conflict of interest occurs when an employee's personal activities or relationships interfere with his or her objectivity in doing what is best for the company. Conflicts of interest, in fact or appearance, can also decrease shareholder value and expose Cisco to legal and/or reputational liability. Cisco employees are expected to diligently avoid such conflicts.
Contact the Ethics Office about these situations (email@example.com).
Since there are a variety of business gift/entertainment situations and related laws around the world, there is a specific “I Statement” and policy for these cases (see pages 18-20). (gifts and entertainment disclosure tool)
Details about gifts, entertainment and hospitality are provided in the Cisco Gifts and Entertainment Policy. Refer to these policies if your outside activity, situation or relationship has the potential of creating a conflict of interest or the appearance of one.
It’s not possible to list every potential COI situation. If you are not sure, contact the Ethics Office for assistance.
Under every Cisco employee's Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement, Cisco owns the rights to any invention that relates to Cisco's current or anticipated research and development interests, and employees are required to disclose all such inventions to Cisco. If the situation involves a product developed prior to Cisco employment, because this situation could cause divided loyalty or the appearance of a conflict of interest, Cisco will generally not purchase products or services from our employees, with rare exceptions. Before considering such an arrangement, you must obtain written permission from both the Ethics Office and the Cisco vice president for your organization.
Even if you do not directly work with your family member or friend, any situation that has even the appearance of a conflict of interest should be disclosed to Cisco. If your relative / friend's job and your job responsibilities have the potential of intersecting, you need to disclose this relationship to your manager and the Ethics Office.
Some of our best hires come from employee referrals. However, to eliminate the appearance of a conflict of interest, tell your friend's daughter to apply through the general application process -- you simply don't want the hiring manager to feel any pressure to hire an individual for any reason other than the belief that the person is the best fit for Cisco. Contact the Ethics Office or Human Resources for more guidance, if needed.
It depends on the non-profit organization and the type of information system work that you would be performing. To avoid any potential conflict of interest issues, contact the Ethics Office for help.
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