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Technology for Good

Technology can be used to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

Technology can create a more inclusive future

Supporting the vulnerable in times of crisis and increasing access to the skills needed to thrive in a digital economy, Cisco is committed to using technology for social good.

Positively impacting 1B lives

We are halfway through our goal 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.

2020 CSR Impact Report and ESG Hub

Cisco is putting people, technology, and resources to work in service of an inclusive future where technology gives everyone the tools to thrive. Visit our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Hub.

Measurable impact in FY20

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.


of families supported by the Destination: Home homelessness prevention program remain stably housed.


students reached by New Teacher Center during the 2019-2020 school year.


jobs created and retained via Opportunity International’s financial products and services.

Personal impact

Matt's story

Matt Altman is one of the Cisco TacOps 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 life-saving 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.