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Corporate Social Responsibility

We empower social change agents with technology and expertise. Our goal: Accelerate global problem solving to benefit people, society, and the planet.

CSR Report 2019

Discover how Cisco is putting our people, technology, and resources to work in service of an inclusive future, where technology gives everyone the tools to thrive.

Using technology to improve lives around the world

Winners of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge are using technology to improve healthcare, increase farmers’ incomes, fight climate change, and more.

Our impact

Stronger working together

Our corporate social responsibility initiatives drive partnerships that scale results and solve global problems.

Measurable impact in FY19

Our goal is to make a measurable impact on people, society, and the planet--and we are well on the way. We are expanding access to quality education worldwide. We contribute millions of dollars annually to social change agents who are addressing global challenges. And our efforts to make Cisco environmentally sustainable help preserve the planet.


2.15 million students built digital and entrepreneurial skills through Cisco Networking Academy


469 million people positively impacted, as reported by our nonprofit grantees (cumulatively since FY16)


48 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to our fiscal year 2007 baseline)

CSR priorities

We measure our success by how we positively impact people, society, and the planet.

Featured stories

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Join Cisco and become part of the movement to make a positive impact on the world.

Detecting cholera and saving lives

OmniVis is using Internet of Things (IoT) technology to analyze and identify the deadly bacteria within 30 minutes of collection.

Where skill meets opportunity

Cisco Networking Academy does more than teach IT skills. For millions across the globe, it's the first step to a better life.

A GPS for learning

Gooru guides every student along a personalized path to mastery while helping teachers measure and monitor their progress.

A bridge to clean water

Akvo's unique, collaborative approach to development is helping organizations around the world use their data more effectively, and for greater impact.

Unleashing human potential

Opportunity International offers transformative financial services and training to people living in poverty.

Community partners and grants

Providing technology

Our community partners leverage Cisco technology, cash grants, and expertise to effect positive change worldwide.

Research and Resources

Stewarding CSR and social investment programs

We conduct rigorous socioeconomic research to better inform our programmatic priorities so we can reach our goal to positively impact 1 billion lives by 2025.

News and events

Announcing the 2019 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Winners

Cisco awarded Oorja the US$100,000 Grand Prize for the 2019 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.

Cisco's Goals for Sustainable Packaging and Zero Waste

To achieve circularity and truly impact our planet, read how we are synthesizing our circular economy objectives with the way we run our business.

Taking steps for the globally displaced

See how Cisco, along with its partners, is making a positive impact on the lives of refugees around the world.

Stay informed about how Cisco is accelerating global problem solving