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Policies, Positions, and Guides

We're committed to transparent disclosures of our policies, many of which relate to topics covered within this ESG Hub and our Purpose Report.

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Public policy

Cisco’s Government Affairs team develops and advocates for pro-technology policies and regulations.

We engage with governments at all levels, focusing on public policies that impact Cisco, our partners, and our customers, as well as enable our purpose to Power an Inclusive Future for All. The team comprises former elected and appointed public officials and seasoned government affairs professionals.

Learn more about this team on our Government Affairs website and about our policy priorities on our High Tech Policy blog. Current policy priorities include:

  • Putting the power of the Internet in the hands of more people. Connectivity is synonymous with opportunity. Ensuring high-quality, affordable broadband connectivity for all is key to fostering prosperous communities. Cisco supports policies to modernize infrastructure and bridge the digital divide in urban, rural, and remote areas around the world.
  • Supporting sustainability. Our increasingly digital world must enable a sustainable and regenerative planet. We support the Paris Climate Agreement and industry-led energy-efficiency efforts that lower emissions in more carbon-intensive sectors. Cisco also advocates for policies that embrace hybrid work, foster investments in green innovation, and internalize the cost of carbon emissions to the economy.
  • Protecting free trade and supporting inclusive trade policies. We support policies that open markets for technology products and services, lower prices, increase choice, and promote innovation, as well as empower women, indigenous peoples, and disenfranchised communities. Trade agreements make this possible.
  • Investing in people and knowledge. Cisco supports immigration policies that promote innovation, encourage hiring, and create a highly skilled workforce. Reforming the U.S. immigration system will enable businesses to better compete in the global marketplace. We also advocate for diverse workplaces that are free of discrimination and create opportunities for all.
  • Preserving an open Internet. Cisco has always supported an open Internet. Regulations that incentivize network investment drive innovation and create flexibility to develop new business models.
  • Protecting innovation. Cisco supports balanced intellectual property rules that incentivize innovation while also reducing the threat of unnecessary and harmful litigation.
  • Promoting investment. National tax policies should promote investment, encourage job creation, and incentivize innovation while also being consistent with existing global approaches to taxation.
  • Securely connecting the future. As threats evolve, 21st-century cybersecurity policies are essential. Governments, industries, and individuals should harness emerging technologies such as machine learning and AI to prevent cyber attacks that threaten critical infrastructure, economic growth, and innovation.
  • Building next-gen wireless networks. To power the future of work, education, healthcare, and public services, Cisco encourages governments to make licensed and unlicensed radio spectrum available for growth and supporting technologies such as 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and IoT. We must also ensure a diverse supply chain of trusted sources and open, interoperable networks in 5G and advanced wireless networks.

Political support

Cisco does not make corporate contributions to candidates for elected office, political parties, or election committees in the United States. We occasionally make contributions in support of local and state ballot measures that affect our business. We disclose these contributions quarterly. Our Government Affairs team and the Board of Directors’ Nomination and Governance Committee regularly review contributions.