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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.

Bringing relief to refugees

Globally, we’ve supported humanitarian organizations reaching millions of displaced refugees.

Making clean water a reality

With Cisco support, field workers can monitor water distribution points in remote areas.

Conquering homelessness

We use real-time data for practical solutions to break the cycle of homelessness.

Rapid disaster response

Cisco monitors for crises and deploys emergency communications solutions when needed.

Annual giving campaign

Employees generate millions in donations, volunteerism, and matching gifts from Cisco.

CSR Report 2018

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

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.

Fighting hunger globally

The world's largest humanitarian organization is addressing hunger and promoting food security.

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.