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Cisco Code of Business Conduct

I Respect Others

Our inclusive workplace is welcoming, positive, creative and environment that promotes individual and team expression, innovation and achievement. Employees are offered opportunities to grow personally and professionally. I'm treated with respect and dignity. In return, I recognize my duty to act responsibly, be a team player, and treat others with respect and dignity. Valuing everyone strengthens our collaboration and productivity.

How are Cisco employees empowered to succeed?

  • You are free to do your job without fear of harassment
    or bullying.

    Cisco prohibits conduct that singles out an employee or group of employees in a negative way because of their: gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, veteran status or marital status. Harassment can take many forms. Any type of harassment is a violation of Cisco philosophy and policies.

    Retaliation will not be tolerated and can result in disciplinary action. Refer to “I Share My Concerns.”

  • We do not discriminate.

    We are proud of our global workforce. In recruiting, hiring, developing, and promoting employees—all employment processes— decisions are made without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, veteran status or marital status. We are passionate about preserving our positive culture and ensuring that each individual is treated with respect and dignity as a valued member of the Cisco team.

  • Our workplace accommodates individuals with

    Disabilities may be visible or invisible. Likewise, individuals’ abilities and perspectives may not be apparent at first. We welcome the many talents and innovations of people with disabilities and are committed to removing barriers for our employees, customers, partners, and suppliers.

    The Connected Disabilities Awareness Network, a global Employee Resource Organization at Cisco, provides a strong support network for individuals with disabilities and plays an important advisory role to the business.

  • We have a strict drug and alcohol policy.

    Employees are not permitted to use, possess, sell, transfer, manufacture, distribute or be under the influence of illegal drugs on Cisco-owned or leased property, during working hours, while on company business or while using company property. In addition, no employee may report for work, go on or remain on duty while under the influence of, or impaired by, alcohol or illegal drugs or substances. Alcohol use at company sponsored events is allowed only with prior written approval in accordance with the Cisco Global Meetings and Events policy. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

  • We are committed to providing a safe and
    nonthreatening workplace.

    Employees should be familiar with and follow all security and safety guidelines and report any unsafe conditions or accidents. Any acts or threats of violence toward another person or company property should also be reported immediately. We want to foster the kind of environment where people feel safe and are treated with courtesy and professionalism at all times. For more information, please go to the Safety, Security & Business Resiliency website.

  • We provide safeguards for your personal information.

    Cisco respects the privacy rights and interests of all its employees and provides safeguards for the protection of its employees' personal information that is collected, held, and used. Everyone must respect the privacy rights of coworkers and handle all employees' personal information in accordance with Cisco's Global HR-related Data Protection Policy.

  • What If..

    What Ifs - Respect

    My manager made a comment that made me feel uncomfortable. Is that harassment?

    You are entitled to work in an environment free from intimidating, hostile or offensive behavior that is subject to legal protection. Not every offensive or critical comment meets those requirements. If you are uncomfortable, please contact Human Resources, the Ethics Office, or Legal for help in determining next steps (also see “I Share My Concerns” in the COBC).

    What if I receive an email that included offensive jokes or language?

    Jokes that would be reasonably viewed as offensive have no place at Cisco, and should not be sent through company email, regardless of the intended recipients. You may tell the coworker, who sent the email, that you found the email offensive. You may also notify your manager, Human Resources or the Ethics Office.

    What if I receive a phone call from someone requesting information about a coworker?

    You should not disclose personal or work information about your coworkers to anyone if you are uncertain of the caller’s identity. Employee phone numbers, email addresses and reporting structures should never be provided to unknown persons. Recruiters from competitors frequently call Cisco employees pretending to call on behalf of Cisco HR or executives. If you receive a call requesting information, ask to call the person back so you can verify that the call is legitimate.

    Have another question, contact the Ethics Office for assistance.

  • Tools / Resources
  • Ask / Report

    Ask / Report




    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.

    Regular Mail

    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