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CSR Priorities

Our take on responsible business

At Cisco, we believe more than ever that what’s good for the world is good for business. Our success depends on our people feeling inspired by their jobs and fulfilled in their careers. Our future is brighter when more people join the digital economy and prosper. And we know that to sustain our success we must protect our greatest resource: the planet.

How we prioritize


Empowering our people and teams to thrive in a digital workforce


Scaling inclusive social and economic impact in countries around the world


Advancing environmentally sustainable growth in a digital world

It’s about getting jobs and changing lives

We’re enabling people to thrive in a digital economy. Through our IT education and career building programs, we’re helping people launch careers, start businesses, and solve global problems.

Room to flourish

We give employees opportunities to grow professionally and contribute to Cisco’s mission to improve the world for everyone.

A place where people grow and give

Build a culture that values personal and professional growth, and people do what’s right. Cisco is consistently ranked one of the best places to work. That goodwill ripples outward as Cisco employees give back to their communities in time and money.

15 years of perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index

46% of our employees donated or volunteered in fiscal year 2018

11,000+ institutions worldwide use our Cisco Networking Academy IT curriculum free of charge

Committed to the greater good

Respecting human rights and creating opportunity for everyone are core principles at Cisco. It’s how we do business. We promote diversity and are committed to building an inclusive workforce at all levels. We promote safe working conditions and ethical labor practices throughout our supply chain. And our support of nonprofits and social enterprises serves communities in need around the world.

Social empowerment

By investing in and developing scalable technology-based solutions, we enable nonprofits and social enterprises to create and sustain long-term positive social change.

Benefits to society

Charitable grants from Cisco benefit millions of people every year. And we make human rights a priority. In our fiscal year 2018, we made a difference to millions of people around the world. 

209 million people worldwide benefited from our grants to nonprofits in fiscal year 2018

US$383 million in cash and in-kind contributions were made to community organizations

87% of required Cisco employees completed Keep Cisco Safe data security training

Protecting our planet

We’re minimizing our environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our operations and supply chain, and extending the lifecycle of our products. 

Circular economy

Our holistic approach extends from how we design, build, and deliver products and solutions, to how we value the assets we have and turn those assets into new products. We are also applying Cisco technology to support our customers through their own circular transformations.

Sustainable and energy efficient

We’re using renewable energy to power our business. We design our products to last longer and use less energy. Our accomplishments in fiscal year 2018 included:

82% of our global electricity use came from renewable sources

45% drop in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to our fiscal year 2007 baseline)

129 metric tonne of used electronics collected at Recycle IT Day 2018

It is increasingly becoming the responsibility of businesses like Cisco to help everyone around the world have access to opportunity and possibilities.

Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco

CSR Report 2018

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

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.

Global Problem Solvers: The Series

We're pleased to introduce our newest corporate social responsibility educational initiative.

Current CSR awards

Explore Cisco’s wide recognition for corporate citizenship and leadership.