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CSR at Cisco

UN Sustainable
Development Goals

The actions we take can have ripple effects across the globe.

It’s why we’ve been investing in global communities for more than 30 years and why we’ve committed to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025. In much the same way, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require global cooperation and ambitious commitment. The 17 SDGs set forth a framework to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030, and are designed to be applied by governments and organizations worldwide.

Cisco’s targeted CSR efforts align with many of the SDGs, and we share the UN’s vision for a peaceful, inclusive future. Given that our CSR priorities are aligned with our corporate CSR risks and opportunities, we leverage Cisco’s unique capabilities, expertise, and resources to maximize impact within the context of Cisco’s enterprise-wide goals. The table below outlines our material priorities and the SDGs where we believe Cisco’s CSR programs are having a positive impact.

Priority focus areas and the SDGs

Definition SDG alignment Supporting strategies and programs Cisco goal Pillar alignment
Ethics & integrity
Ethical and transparent conduct by Cisco in its business dealings, and among employees, suppliers, and business partners. This includes regulatory compliance; anticorruption and antibribery; fair business, marketing, and competition; nonretaliation; and transparent participation in elections and policy.
  • UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthCisco Target Aligned 8.5, 8.8
  • UN SDG 10: Reduced InequalitiesCisco Target Aligned 10.4
  • UN SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong InstitutionsCisco Target Aligned 16.5
  • Code of Business Conduct
  • Supplier Code of Conduct
  • Supplier Ethics Policy
  • Concerns reporting process
  • Cisco Ethics Webform
  • Ethics Line
  • Global Human Rights Policy
  • Juvenile Labor Policy & Expectations
  • Global Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy
  • Business & Human Rights at Cisco
Trust and Responsibility
Data security & privacy
Ensuring, designing, and adapting network security as it relates to personal privacy and mitigating online threats, including cybercrime, economic espionage, military espionage, and cyber warfare
  • UN SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureCisco Target Aligned 9.1
  • Business and Human Rights at Cisco
  • AI/ML Trust Strategy
  • Human Rights Advisory Council
  • Global Human Rights Policy
  • Human Rights Position Statements
  • Call for privacy as a fundamental human right
  • Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle
  • Cisco Security & Trust Organization
    • Trust Center
    • Trust Portal
    • Transparency Report
Trust and Responsibility
Digital rights & inclusion
Fostering the positive use of information and communications technology to promote freedom of expression and products and services that enable access by all people regardless of age, language, ability, cultural group, gender, or income.
  • UN SDG 10: Reduced InequalitiesCisco Target Aligned 10.2, 10.4
  • UN SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong InstitutionsSDG 16 – no specific target
  • Business and Human Rights at Cisco
  • AI/ML Trust Strategy
  • Global Human Rights Policy
  • Human Rights Advisory Council (formerly the Human Rights Working Group)
  • Cisco Human Rights Position Statements
Trust and Responsibility
Employee training & development
Growing and expanding the skills of the current workforce and providing our employees with professional development opportunities through training and continuous education
  • UN SDG 4: Quality EducationCisco Target Aligned 4.7
  • UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthCisco Target Aligned 8.5
  • Conscious Culture
  • Leader Coaching
  • Degreed Pathways
  • Conscious Culture Training Program
Leading a Conscious Culture
Diversity & inclusion
Promoting diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity at all levels of the organization. This issue is inclusive of gender, generation, race, ethnicity, orientation, ability, nationality, religion, veteran status, background, culture, experience, strengths, and perspectives; unconscious bias education and developing a Conscious Culture; fair and equitable pay
  • UN SDG 5: Gender EqualityCisco Target Aligned 5.5.2
  • UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthCisco Target Aligned 8.5
  • Conscious Culture
  • Diverse Talent Accelerator Solutions
  • Next Generation Leaders
  • DARE
  • JUMP
  • Emerging and Inclusive Communities
  • The Multiplier Effect
Leading a Conscious Culture
Employee wellness & benefits
Ensuring a safe and healthy workplace and providing employees with the benefits, resources, and flexibility to maintain and improve their wellness, care for others, and integrate work and home life. Providing fair compensation, benefits, and recognition. Engaging employees and listening to their concerns
  • UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthCisco Target Aligned 8.8
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Emergency Time Off
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Cisco Check-ins
  • Connected Recognition Program
  • COVID-19 resources
  • Safe To Talk Communities
  • TeamSpace Check-ins
  • Team Health Checks
  • Cisco Pavelka
  • Vida Health
  • Time2Give
Leading a Conscious Culture
Local community impact
Employing Cisco resources and employee contributions to manage Cisco’s negative impacts and effect positive change within local communities, including corporate and employee donations and volunteering with local nonprofits and NGOs.
  • UN SDG 1: No PovertyCisco Target Aligned 1.2
  • UN SDG 2: No HungerCisco Target Aligned 2.1
  • UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesCisco Target Aligned 11.1
  • Destination: Home prevention fund and investment
  • Bay Area Community Impact grants program
  • Habitat for Humanity Grant Program
  • Donation Campaigns
  • Covenant House
  • Matching Gifts Program
  • Time2Give
Achieved 80 percent employee engagement by 2020 Leading a Conscious Culture
Energy & GHGs
Efforts to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions across the value chain, including product use, our own operations, and those of our suppliers. Includes product efficiency, operational energy efficiency and conservation, and renewable energy
  • UN SDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyCisco Target Aligned 7.2, 7.3
  • UN SDG 13: Climate ActionCisco Target Aligned 13.3
  • UN SDG 15: Life on LandCisco Target Aligned 15.5
  • Energy efficiency in offices, labs, and data centers
  • Renewable energy purchases
  • Product energy efficiency
  • Circular Economy program
  • Environmental employee engagement
  • Reduce Total Scope 1 & Scope 2 GHG emissions worldwide by 60 percent by FY22 (FY07 baseline)
  • Use electricity generated from renewable sources for at least 85 percent of our global electricity by FY22
  • Reduce Cisco supply chain-related Scope 3 GHG emissions by 30 percent absolute by FY30 (FY19 base year).
  • 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 percent to 87 percent by 2022 (FY16 baseline)
  • Environmental Impact
  • Circular Economy and Supply Chain Excellence
Supply chain responsibility
Ensure a responsibly managed supply chain that upholds human rights, promotes worker health and well-being, and minimizes negative environmental impacts. Includes supplier social and environmental responsibility, human rights in the supply chain, responsible sourcing of minerals, environmental stewardship and driving towards a circular economy.
  • UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthCisco Target Aligned 8.5, 8.7, 8.8
  • UN SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionCisco Target Aligned 12.2, 12.4, 12.5, 12.6.1, 12.7
  • Supplier Code of Conduct
  • Supplier Ethics Policy
  • Supply Chain Human Rights Governance
  • Cisco’s Statement on Prevention of Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Juvenile Labor Policy and Expectations
  • Responsible Minerals Policy
  • Global Human Rights Policy
  • Cisco Recommendation for Suppliers’ Protection of Workers during COVID-19
  • EthicsLine
  • Circular Economy program, including Circular Operations
  • Supply Chain Sustainability programs
  • 80 percent of Cisco component, manufacturing, and logistics suppliers by spend will have a public, absolute GHG emissions reduction target by FY25
  • 70 percent of Cisco component and manufacturing suppliers by spend will achieve a zero waste diversion rate at one or more sites by FY25
  • Reduce Cisco supply chain-related Scope 3 GHG emissions by 30 percent absolute by FY30 (FY19 base year)
Circular Economy and Supply Chain Excellence
Material use & waste
Reducing material use and waste from our products and packaging, operations, and supply chain. Includes the reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling of products and packaging; product and packaging design for recyclability and reuse; sourcing of recyclable and sustainable materials; phasing out substances of concern; and landfill avoidance for operational solid waste from Cisco and supplier facilities.
  • UN SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionCisco Target Aligned 12.2, 12.4, 12.5, 12.6.1, 12.7
  • Circular Economy program, including Circular Design and product end-of-life programs
  • Capital Equipment Pledge
  • Operational Solid Waste
  • Decrease use of virgin plastic by 20 percent by FY25 (FY18 base year)
  • Reduce all foam used in Cisco product packaging by 75 percent measured by weight, by FY25 (FY19 base year)
  • Increase product packaging cube efficiency by 50% by FY25 (FY19 base year).
  • Design 100% of new Cisco products and packaging to incorporate Circular Design Principles by FY25.
  • Circular Economy and Supply Chain Excellence
  • Environmental Impact
Global social impact – critical human needs & disaster relief
Employing Cisco resources, technologies, and external nonprofit partnerships to: support human needs such as affordable housing, basic education, food security, and clean drinking water, and to assist in humanitarian and disaster preparedness and response efforts
  • UN SDG 1: No PovertyCisco Target Aligned 1.1, 1.2
  • UN SDG 2: No HungerCisco Target Aligned 2.1, 2.3, 2.3.2, 2.4
  • UN SDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationCisco Target Aligned 6.1, 6a, 6b
  • UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesCisco Target Aligned 11.1, 11.5
  • Critical Human Needs social investment portfolio
  • COVID-19 Critical Human Needs crisis response
  • Destination: Home investment
  • Disaster Response / TacOps
  • Global Citizen Prize
Positively impact 1 billion people through our social impact grants and signature programs by 2025 Tech for Good
Global social impact – IT skills & digital readiness
Employing Cisco resources, technologies, and external partnerships to promote IT-related education and skills-to-jobs to help people thrive in the digital economy and accelerate economic and social development.
  • UN SDG 4: Quality EducationCisco Target Aligned 4.1, 4.4
  • UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthCisco Target Aligned 8.5, 8.6
  • Cisco Networking Academy
  • Veteran’s Program
  • Education social investment portfolio
  • Reached over 2 million Cisco Networking Academy students per year by 2020
  • Positively impact 1 billion people through our social impact grants and signature programs by 2025
Tech for Good
Economic inequality
Addressing economic inequality globally and in local communities, including homelessness and shortages in affordable housing resulting in part from the technology economy.
  • UN SDG 1: No PovertyCisco Target Aligned 1.4
  • UN SDG 3: Good Health and Well-BeingCisco Target Aligned 3d
  • UN SDG 4: Quality EducationCisco Target Aligned 4.4
  • UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthCisco Target Aligned 8.5, 8.6, 8.8
  • UN SDG 10: Reduced InequalitiesCisco Target Aligned 10.2
  • UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesCisco Target Aligned 11.1
  • Economic Empowerment social investment portfolio
  • Destination: Home investment
Positively impact 1 billion people through our social impact grants and signature programs by 2025 Tech for Good
IT solutions for the environment
Innovate new solutions and promote existing products and services to provide environmental benefits, including energy efficiency, e.g., enabling connected cities and industries, and intelligent energy and transportation networks
  • UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesCisco Target Aligned Goal 11.6, 11a
  • Smart Building Solutions, Cities and Communities
  • IT enabling effect
  • Circular Economy program, including Circular Solutions
  • Tech for Good
  • Circular Economy and Supply Chain Excellence