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Supply Chain Sustainability

Cisco's global operations

Cisco's sourcing and manufacturing are entirely outsourced to a global network of hundreds of suppliers and partners. These suppliers provide parts for our products; assemble and test finished products; provide logistical services; and collect, refurbish, and recycle products at the end of their useful life.

Upholding Cisco's supply chain standards

We hold our suppliers--and their suppliers--to the same high standards we practice regarding ethics, labor practices, health and safety, and the environment. Our sustainability requirements are embedded in our supply chain business processes to help ensure continuous improvement and drive impactful change.

Social and environmental responsibility

Supplier Code of Conduct

As a founding member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), Cisco adopted the RBA Code of Conduct as our Supplier Code of Conduct. We require suppliers to ensure these standards are reflected throughout the supply chain. We view suppliers as partners, and work to build and maintain a resilient and socially responsible supply chain together.

Environmental responsibility

Environmental sustainability is a key criterion in our assessment of suppliers. We expect suppliers to publicly report greenhouse gas emissions and reduction targets to CDP on an annual basis. We also expect our Tier 1 suppliers to publish information on the environmental impact of their operations and those of their suppliers, with the intent to continuously improve.

Responsible Minerals Policy

Our products use a variety of materials, including minerals such as tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold. We are committed to sourcing materials from companies that share our values regarding human rights and environmental sustainability, and work with the Responsible Minerals Initiative to drive cross-industry ethical sourcing of minerals as stated in Cisco's Responsible Minerals Policy.

Circular economy

Our holistic approach extends from how we design, build, and deliver products, to how we value the assets we have and turn them into new products. We also apply Cisco technology to support our customers in their own circular transformations.

    Seeing the Source: Using blockchain as a traceability tool in the minerals supply chain

    The process of extracting and refining mineral ore often comes with severe risks to human rights and the environment. Without insight into the point of origin of minerals, it’s difficult or impossible for companies along the minerals supply chain to address the risks specific to their supply chain. This white paper is a joint effort from Cisco and BSR that examines the use of blockchain to improve visibility in minerals supply chains.

    Corporate Social Responsibility Report

    More information on Cisco's supply chain sustainability programs can be found in our Corporate Social Responsibility Report.