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CSR Critical Human Needs

Mobilizing critical resources

Humanitarian crises persist. Many people lack access to basic human needs: food, adequate shelter, and­ clean water. We empower nonprofits and social change agents worldwide to relieve these problems.

We support scalable technology solutions that help disaster-relief teams move faster and provide vital services to more people when disasters strike.

Relief for refugees

As the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East escalated, Cisco employees stepped up as global problem solvers. We teamed up with NetHope to establish Wi-Fi connectivity for refugees on the move and in camps, and provided Cisco products and technical support through our Tactical Operations and Disaster Incident Response teams. And we awarded cash grants to strategic nonprofit partners who implemented technology-based solutions to help refugees on the ground. 

Sharing what we know

We advise and support nonprofits using technology to better accomplish their missions. Our investments have helped develop a mobile app that monitors water distribution points and promotes sustainable water projects, and enabled a hunger-relief organization to automate some shipping functions.

Solutions in the field

When disasters occur, our solutions and expertise are put to work. By harnessing the power of digital technology and providing personnel support, we help emergency response teams where it’s needed most. 

50+ global deployments by the Cisco Tactical Operations team

65 sites connected to Wi-Fi networks in Puerto Rico through partnership with NetHope in 2017

18,000+ medical consultations provided at Refugee First Response Center

Responding to people in need

Emergency networks and expertise

Our TacOps team builds the voice and data networks first responders need to do their jobs.

Conquering homelessness

Cisco community partner Destination: Home is committed to both putting people in homes and preventing people from becoming homeless.

Supporting smallholder farmers in Africa

myAgro is a Cisco nonprofit partner that created a mobile layaway program for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa that can be managed through their mobile phones.

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.

Partners making a difference

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.

Transforming humanitarian aid

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

Connecting farmers to markets

Cisco has supported Digital Green's Loop program, which leverages mobile technology to improve smallholder farmers' access to markets.

Cisco teams come together in times of adversity

As natural disasters disrupted lives around the world in 2017, Cisco teams came together to support each other, our customers, and their communities.