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Goals and Progress

Our commitments, interim goals, and progress against our goals.

Our People

Goal: Achieve 80% community impact participation, as measured by employees’ actions, including advocating for causes they care deeply about, volunteering, donating, and participating in programs that positively impact communities by 2020.

Achieved: 80% participation. Employees gave back at levels similar to FY2020, showing that even during a pandemic and remote work, giving back remains a priority.

Read more about our employee community impact in our 2021 Purpose Report.

Goal: Achieve a 25% increase in representation of all employees who self-identify as AA/Black from entry level through manager and a 75% increase in representation from Director to VP+ level by 2023 (FY2020 base year).

On track: 11% entry level through manager in FY2021 (as compared to FY2020).

Achieved: 90% Director level and 120% VP+ level in FY2021 (as compared to FY2020).

Goal: Expand supplier strategy by doubling our percentage spend with diverse suppliers & obtain reporting on diversity metrics from 100% of our FY2020 preferred suppliers by 2023.

In progress: Obtained executive commitment and established business function champions in FY2021 to support our journey to double our diversity spend.

Achieved: Received workforce diversity reports from 100% of our FY2020 preferred suppliers with U.S. workers in FY2021.

Read more about Our Social Justice Beliefs and Actions.

Our Global

Goal: Positively impact 1 billion1 people through our social impact grants and signature programs by 2025.

On track: 716 million people positively impacted between FY2016 and FY2021.

Read more about Our Global Communities.

Goal: Commit $150M to fund STEM education and drive technology modernization at four-year HBCUs by 2025.

On track: Committed $50M to the Student Freedom Initiative "Access to Education" endowment, of which $12.5M was spent in FY2021.

On track: Selected 8 HBCUs to receive tech assessments in partnership with AVC Technologies as part of our IT Modernization program to build technology excellence.

Goal: Commit $50M to increase the diversity in our partner ecosystem by increasing the number of AA/Black owned technology companies in our partner ecosystem and increasing opportunities to accelerate the financial growth of AA/Black owned partners by 2025.

On track: established the African American Cisco Partner Community (AACPC), starting with 53 partners in FY2021, with a focus on investing in partner growth.

Goal: Invest $50M in startups and venture funds led by diverse leaders by 2025.

On track: tracking in line to meet our five-year commitment.

Read more about Our Social Justice Beliefs and Actions.


Goal: Reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions for Scopes 1, 2, and 3 by 2040 (FY2019 base year).

This goal was announced in September 2021 as part of Cisco’s new net zero commitment.

Products and Packaging

Goal: Improve large rack-mounted equipment system power efficiency—as measured from the input power from the facility to the board-mounted ASICs, memory, and other chip devices—from 77% to 87% by FY2022 (FY2016 base year).

In Progress. In FY2021, the system power efficiency of our large rack-mounted equipment was 85%.

Goal: Decrease use of virgin plastics by 20% by FY2025 (FY2018 base year)2.

Achieved: 38% decrease in FY2021.

Goal: Reduce foam used in Cisco product packaging by 75% as measured by weight by FY2025 (FY2019 base year).

On Track: 19% reduction in FY2021.

Goal: Increase product packaging cube efficiency by 50% by FY2025 (FY2019 base year)3.

On Track: 26% improvement in FY2021.

Goal: 100% of new Cisco products and packaging to incorporate Circular Design Principles by FY2025.

On Track: Pilot completed.

Read more about our Circular Economy.

Supply Chain

Goal: 80% of Cisco component, manufacturing, and logistics suppliers by spend will have a public, absolute GHG emissions reduction target by FY20254.

On track: 38% with targets in FY2021.

Goal: 70% of Cisco component and manufacturing suppliers by spend will achieve a zero-waste diversion rate at one or more sites by FY20255.

On Track: 27% by spend with at least one certified site in FY2021.

Goal: Reduce Cisco supply chain-related Scope 3 GHG emissions by 30% absolute by FY2030 (FY2019 base year)6.

On Track: 23% reduction in FY20217.

Read more about our Supply Chain.


Goal: Reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions for Scopes 1 and 2 by 2025 (FY2019 base year).

This goal was announced in September 2021 as part of Cisco’s new net zero commitment.

Goal: Reduce total Cisco Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions worldwide by 60% absolute by FY2022 (FY2007 base year).

Achieved. At the end of FY2021, we had reduced our emissions by over 60%, meeting this goal one year early.

Goal: Use electricity generated from renewable sources for at least 85% of our global electricity by FY2022.

Achieved. In FY2021, 85% of our electricity came from renewable sources, meeting this goal one year early.

View all of Cisco's current and past environmental goals.

1 Some of our social impact grantees also receive funding from other organizations. This number was updated in January 2022 based upon completion of independent limited assurance. Please see the details on the criteria for the number of people positively impacted between FY16-FY21 and the independent limited assurance report. To access the assurance report, download the PDF and open in Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to click-to-accept terms to access the full document.

2 The plastics included in this goal make up the majority of Cisco’s use. However, it excludes plastics contained in commodity components sourced from suppliers (such as printed circuit boards). Most of these electronic components require the electrical insulating property provided by plastics.

3 Packaging efficiency is measured by comparing actual weight to dimensional weight, to determine how well products are packaged to optimize the amount of space used for shipping and storage.

4 Preferably in line with an approved science-based methodology (applying either a 1.5 or well below 2°C reduction scenario). Includes suppliers that set intensity targets that produce an absolute emissions reduction during the target period.

5 According to current standard definitions used in certification protocols, “zero waste” diversion is defined as a 90 percent or greater overall diversion of solid, nonhazardous wastes from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy), and the environment. Diversion methods can include reduction, reuse, recycling, and/or compost.

6 Includes allocated emissions from Cisco’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 manufacturing, component, and warehouse suppliers, and calculated emissions associated with transportation emissions managed and paid for by Cisco. Emissions are allocated based on Cisco’s financial share of the supplier’s reported global Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions. Transportation emissions will be reported as Upstream Transportation and Distribution according to GHG Protocol methodology because they are paid directly by Cisco.

7 Due to standard reporting lag for supply chain emissions, reporting FY20 data. Significant reduction in emissions related to global supply chain disruptions; emissions expected to increase with supply chain recovery as we continue progress toward FY30 goal.