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Cisco 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 Cisco 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 assist you in determining 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 of the COBC, 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 is one resource that is available to you when you are faced with a difficult decision.

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 and Process 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@Cisco 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@Cisco 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@Cisco 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@Cisco 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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