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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

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.

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.