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Our Global Communities

When we work together to address the world's greatest challenges, it can bring positive change to people's lives and the planet.

Creating a more inclusive future

Cisco supports those who are using technology to solve the world's greatest challenges, such as hunger, economic inequality, and lack of access to education.

Positively impacting 1B lives

We have reached more than 70 percent of the goal we set in 2016 to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025.

Impact areas

Focusing efforts where strengths make the greatest impact—our products are used in crisis situations, and we empower nonprofits to develop scalable technology solutions.

Cisco Crisis Response

We support programs and solutions focused on disaster relief, hunger, and clean water.

Learning and digital skills development

Building digital skills, expanding access to quality education, and promoting STEM.

Economic empowerment

Investing in technology solutions that help underserved people gain financial independence.

ESG Reporting Hub and 2021 Cisco Purpose Report

Cisco is putting people, technology, and resources toward Powering an Inclusive Future for All, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Visit our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Reporting Hub.

Measurable impact

When transformative technology is put in the hands of passionate people, few challenges are too big. Cisco’s technology and expertise is empowering global problem solvers to make a positive impact.


students have participated in Cisco Networking Academy since 1997.


in cash prizes awarded through the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge since 2016.


humanitarian relief incidents responded to by Cisco Crisis Response since 2003.

Personal impact

Matt's story

Matt Altman is one of the Cisco Crisis Response team members on the ground.

Tim's story

Tim’s life changed after he participated in a picoCTF cybersecurity competition.

Melissa's story

Melissa developed a solution to help give people in Africa access to lifesaving blood.

Catie's story

Catie, a human trafficking survivor, found empowerment through AnnieCannons.

How we expand our reach

Cisco Networking Academy

This global IT and cybersecurity education program provides resources to help people participate in the digital economy.

CSR Research

We conduct socioeconomic research to better inform our priorities and reach goals.

Partners and grants

Investments in scalable technology solutions allow our nonprofit partners to solve some of the world's biggest challenges.

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

This annual online competition awards cash prizes to early-stage tech entrepreneurs.