Introduction - Environmental Management

We conform to many international standards and make protecting the environment a priority. Through ISO 14001 Cisco demonstrates its commitment to pollution prevention, environmental regulatory compliance and continual improvement, as well as Cisco’s dedication to our customers and community.

Cisco's ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) provides a continuous cycle of planning, implementing, reviewing, and improving the processes and actions that are performed to meet business and environmental goals. The EMS influences all aspects of Cisco operations, products, and services, including compliance with environmental requirements and regulations, while and driving ongoing improvements to Cisco’s environmental performance.

The EMS process enables Cisco to conform to ISO 14001, an internationally accepted standard for environmental management systems. ISO 14001 drives to Cisco's minimize its negative impact on the environment and maximize the positive impact.

Cisco's ISO 14001 efforts cross multiple functions and regions. At the corporate level, senior executives on the Eco-Board drive the vision and strategy for green initiatives across the company. ISO 14001 certification of each site is performed by independent, third-party auditors.

The foundation of the EMS is Cisco's environmental policy. Corporate environmental objectives and initiatives are driven by the Eco-Board and Green Task Force and tracked through the Eco-Dashboard. Theater-specific and site-specific objectives and initiatives are developed and managed by groups called Environmental Aspect Teams and tracked through the ISO 14001 Aspect Team Dashboard. Implementation of the ISO 14001 EMS is managed by Corporate Quality as part of Cisco’s Business Management System (BMS).

Corporate Environmental Policy

Cisco's executive management has defined Cisco's environmental policy as follows:

The Cisco environmental management system minimizes impact to the environment in the definition, design, manufacture, support, and use of our solutions (products, activities, and services) by reusing, recycling, and adopting processes that conserve raw materials, energy, and water. Cisco is committed to:

  • Compliance with relevant environmental legislation, regulations, and other requirements to meet customer and community needs and expectations
  • Promoting the prevention of pollution
  • Continual improvement of our environmental management system

ISO 14001 Certified Sites

Cisco's on-going commitment to the environment includes our ISO 14001 certification. The following are Cisco ISO 14001 certified sites and these sites comprise approximately 70 percent of Cisco employees:

  • San Jose, CA, Corporate Headquarters: 2000
  • Monza, Italy: 2002
  • Research Triangle Park, NC: 2003
  • NEDC-Boxborough, MA: 2004
  • Richardson, TX: 2004
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands: 2005
  • Bedfont Lakes, United Kingdom: 2005
  • Reading, United Kingdom: 2005
  • Austin, TX: 2005
  • Herndon, VA: 2006
  • Boulder, CO: 2006
  • Englewood, CO: 2006
  • Diegem, Belgium: 2006
  • Paris, France: 2006
  • Tokyo, Japan: 2006
  • North Sydney, Australia: 2006
  • Chatswood, Australia: 2006
  • St. Leonards, Australia: 2006
  • Chicago, IL: 2007
  • New York, NY: 2007
  • Shanghai, China: 2007
  • Beijing, China: 2007
  • Singapore: 2007
  • Bangalore, India: 2007
  • Vimercate, Italy: 2008

ISO 14001 Certificate (PDF - 79 KB)

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