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CSR Economic Empowerment

Investing in human potential

Investing in human potential

By supporting technology innovations, we empower people to thrive in the digital economy. Our solutions create IT careers for youth in Asia, support entrepreneurs in Latin America, and enable access to financial resources in Africa. These efforts help lift people out of poverty, support community development, and drive economic growth.

Empowering underserved communities

Society prospers when more people contribute to their local economies. Through cash grants, advisory support, and donations of Cisco technology, we accelerate global problem solving by creating opportunities for underserved communities worldwide.

Through a global network of partners, we’re forming pathways to success for disadvantaged youth, helping women in developing nations become financially self-sufficient, and matching U.S. military veterans to civilian jobs.

Solutions that scale

To accelerate global problem solving, we need financially sustainable solutions that address different issues in different parts of the world. That’s why we invest in early-stage solutions that leverage technology to create meaningful impact at scale.

Human impact investing

Measuring the results of our economic empowerment investments is critical. Whether employing healthcare agents in remote villages of Africa, training future IT workers in India, or helping U.S. military veterans find civilian jobs, we’re having a measurable impact. 

  • Training future IT workers

    300% increase in family income for people who gain IT skills through Anudip Foundation

  • Careers for African women

    10X increase in healthcare agents thanks to a mobile platform for Living Goods

  • Employing military veterans

    370,000 military veterans hired for civilian jobs through cloud-based job pipeline

Impact stories

Youth develop digital skills

A world free from poverty

With financial services and training, all people have the opportunity to achieve life free from poverty.

Tech tools for veterans

Tech tools for veterans

See how military veterans like Andrew Marsh are thriving in careers at Cisco

Empowering India’s youth

Anudip expands to the U.S.

Anudip will soon empower New Orleans’ youth with digital skills.

CSR Report 2017

CSR Report 2017

Discover Cisco’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, priorities, and performance.

Social change agents making a difference

Work where none existed

Work where none existed

An innovative model helps underserved populations access professional opportunities.

Farmers and workers get a voice

Farmers and workers get a voice

When multinational companies hear directly from workers, working conditions improve.

Live-saving jobs in Africa

Life-saving jobs in Africa

A network of health workers delivers vital information and products to those who need it.

Connecting youth to India’s IT sector

Connecting youth to India’s IT sector

See how Cisco helped Anudip reach 70,000 young people in India with IT skills training and employment programs.