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Accelerating Global Problem Solving

We apply Cisco’s most valuable assets to solve global problems: our expertise and technology.

Multiplying our impact

When we put transformative technology in the hands of passionate people, few challenges are too big. With Cisco technology and expertise, we’re empowering global problem solvers to make a positive impact on people, society, and the planet.

Leveraging our strengths

We focus our efforts where our strengths can make the greatest impact. For example, when our products are used in crisis situations, when we empower nonprofits to develop scalable technology solutions, and when Cisco employees lend their time and expertise.

Our impact areas


We’re building digital skills, expanding access to quality education, and promoting STEM.

Economic empowerment

We invest in tech solutions that help underserved people gain financial independence.

Environmental sustainability

Our goal to protect and preserve the planet helps shape our business practices.


Cisco is built on innovation and it guides our approach to global problem solving.

Our people

Our standing as a global technology leader reflects the talent and passion of our people.

Critical human needs

We support programs and solutions focused on disaster relief, hunger, and clean water.

CSR Report 2018

Discover how we are accelerating global problem solving to make the impossible possible.

See our impact in action around the world

United Nations partnership

Since 2001, Networking Academy has trained refugees from the Palestinian Territories in IT.

Giving voice to the voiceless

Meet Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, a global problem solver using technology and innovation to improve the lives of those with disabilities. 

Youth develop digital skills

Technical training and employment create career chances for youth in Asia and Africa.

Strategic giving

The Cisco Foundation helps nonprofits and NGOs affect positive change on a global scale.

Awards and recognition

Cisco’s corporate social responsibility efforts and results are commended worldwide.

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.

Building bridges between hope and possibility

Learn how our solutions help people throughout the world build a better future.

Transforming humanitarian aid

Our partnership with Mercy Corps is empowering people to overcome crisis, build better lives, and transform communities.