Cisco’s purpose is to power an inclusive future for all. That means everyone.
When we see injustice-whether affecting everyone or specific groups-we act boldly, bravely and deliberately to make change, remove barriers and support communities.
Our purpose is fueled by what we believe. These beliefs inform how we act as a business, including our commitment to social justice.
Our beliefs are constant. They don’t go away, or end. They serve as an ever-present inspiration.
We believe that technology makes the world better. We’re committed to building technology that empowers people and communities to create new possibilities. In doing so, we will not customize our technology to facilitate censorship, injustice or oppression.
We believe in fostering a culture that is beneficial to all. In moments when we see an opportunity to unite the whole, we will coalesce our people and our resources to take action to drive meaningful change. And, we will encourage our employees, suppliers, communities and partners to join us in working alongside diverse communities.
We believe that social justice is apolitical. It’s our calling to ensure that communities on the margins experience a world that is just where they are valued, validated and empowered.
We believe in modeling curiosity by continually educating ourselves about all forms of inequality and injustice. Our understanding grows more when we get proximate to the most vulnerable and insecure in our communities. By engaging in proximity, empathy and ultimately action can be realized.
Cisco has long believed in addressing insecurity across fundamental human needs, rights and access. We are expanding our commitment and addressing a new area: an insecurity of being. Insecurity of being happens when one is a target of hate and violence solely due to their existence in a marginalized group, be it in the physical or virtual world.
Beliefs are important. But more important are the actions they inspire. The umbrella of inequality manifests differently across groups. We are confident we can answer the call to action when we see discrimination, injustice or inequality in whatever form it takes. We will be relentless in our efforts to do so.
Our collective history, recent murders of unarmed Black people in the United States and demonstrations in the streets across the globe have forced us all to take a hard look at our world and the racism within it.
Cisco is anti-racist in all of its forms across all groups, from small slights to extreme acts of violence. We can no longer ignore our reality. The lack of attention to the Black experience has galvanized us to lead needed change. We must change how we focus on the Black community, specifically because of the distinct ways in which they experience racism that is grounded in anti-blackness.
Anti-blackness is a unique version of racism where society rejects the humanity of anyone marked as Black. This form of racism is relentless and unforgiving, denying the opportunity to change the narrative of centuries of suffering.
The 12 proposed actions below, organized in four categories, represent Cisco's commitment to the Black community.
1. Cisco will influence our ecosystem to support policy, legislation and organizations working to ensure equal rights for AA/Black people in 2020 and beyond.
2. Cisco will increase the representation of AA/Black employees at all levels of the company.
3. Cisco will expand our pay parity program to include additional forms of compensation and promotion practices to ensure fairness for all employees.
4. Cisco will focus on increasing the diversity of its Board Members.
5. Cisco will deliver anti-discrimination education for our workforce and will make content available to all partners and suppliers by 2022.
6. Cisco will enable leaders to get proximate to AA/B employees and Cisco Networking Academy students to create a culture of sponsorship and drive adoption of The Multiplier Effect by partners and suppliers by 2022.
7. Cisco will require preferred suppliers in 2021 to report annually on the full spectrum diversity of their US workforce provided to Cisco, where permissible, and we will recognize and reward those that excel in increasing diversity.
8. Cisco will commit to the strategic recovery, sustainability and legacy of HBCUs, post-COVID & beyond.
9. Cisco will provide access to capital, education and customers for AA/Black-owned financing companies.
10. Cisco will commit $50M over 5 years to increase the diversity in our partner ecosystem.
11. Cisco will invest $50M in innovation through incubation and venture capital.
12. Cisco will ensure technology solutions and day-to-day operations maximize human rights benefits, mitigate potential human rights harms, and respect ethical principles.
In FY21, Cisco’s human rights team will partner across the business to ensure a human rights perspective is integrated into our technology solutions and day-to-day operations. This will include, among other actions:
Cisco will continually reassess and recalibrate our efforts when needed to meet the above metrics and goals. And we’ll be transparent about where we still need to do more work. This is how we hold ourselves accountable in the service of true impact and change, as we continue to expand these actions across the full spectrum of diversity.