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Inclusion and Collaboration

Our Conscious Culture is built on full-spectrum diversity that embraces differences in gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability & ability status, nationality, religion, military status, social classes, background, culture, experience, strengths and perspectives... We have a range of programs that help support this culture.

Inclusive Communities

Over 30,000 of our employees participate in Cisco’s Inclusive Communities—a group of 29 employee resource organizations (EROs) and employee networks that help our people connect within community and among allies. Our Inclusive Communities drive their own unique strategies to support full-spectrum diversity and work together across our global enterprise to drive engagement and create a more Conscious Culture. Guided by the Inclusive Communities framework and governed by the Inclusive Communities Experience team, we’re demonstrating transformational value in how we attract, retain, develop, and promote diverse talent, how we drive business results, and how we positively impact people in communities across the globe.

There are several different types of Inclusive Communities at Cisco, each of which provides a platform for employees to connect, build powerful new relationships, explore unique passions and talents, innovate, and develop. These employee communities include:

  • Employee Resource Organizations (EROs)
  • Employee Networks
  • The Cisco Citizen Network

As we continue to live in our Social Justice Beliefs, our Inclusive Communities are vital advocates and partners in acting for change. In fiscal 2021, we engaged in dialogue with our communities on issues of identity, racism, homophobia, mental health, and social justice. These topics weren’t only discussed in small groups, but also took place at our virtual companywide Check-In broadcasts with our Executive Leadership Team. Some conversations were planned, and others emerged as organic moments to express solidarity and support.

During the pandemic our Inclusive Communities have continued to grow. In fiscal 2021, we added nearly 3000 new members—a growth rate of 11% at a time when all participation was virtual. We’ve also continued to accelerate and expand the way we drive impact across:

  • Our business: our Inclusive Communities lead a wide range of career webinars, talent expos, mentoring and reverse mentoring opportunities, and innovative development programs. Together, we’re helping fulfill Cisco’s purpose to act boldly and deliberately to drive fairness, inclusion, and equitable access to opportunity.
  • Our employees: our newest Inclusive Community Adult Caregivers partnered with the Special Children’s network to provide support and information sharing for employees who have taken on extra responsibilities at home for aging parents or home schooling.
  • Our communities: the Cisco Citizens Network is a great example of how we come together and drive lasting change through empathy, inclusion, and technology. The network mobilized at the beginning of the pandemic to make masks, ship sanitized DX80 telepresence units to local hospitals, and set up Wi-Fi networks for low-income students.

Inclusive communities

Employee resource organizations

WISE
Women in Science and Engineering
Inclusive Communities
CONEXIÓN
Latino Network
Inclusive Communities
Women of Cisco
Inclusive Communities
iCON
Indians Connecting People
Inclusive Communities
PRIDE
LGBT+ & Allies
Inclusive Communities
VETS
Veterans Enablement Troop Support
Inclusive Communities
CAAN
Connected Asian
Affinity Network
Inclusive Communities
CBP
Connected Black Professionals Network
Inclusive Communities
Emerging Talent
Inclusive Communities
Native American
Network
Inclusive Communities
CDAN
Connected Disabilities Awareness Network
Inclusive Communities

Employee networks

Women in Cybersecurity
Inclusive Communities
Finance Women's Network
Inclusive Communities
Cisco Citizen Network
Inclusive Communities
Men for Inclusion
Network
Inclusive Communities
Cancer Support
Network
Inclusive Communities
iWise
Women in Supply Chain
Inclusive Communities
Meraki
Network
Inclusive Communities
Interfaith
Network
Inclusive Communities
Mindfulness & Resilience
Network
Inclusive Communities
Alzheimer Support
Network
Inclusive Communities
Filipino Professional
Network
Inclusive Communities
Women's Inventors
Network
Inclusive Communities
AppDynamics
Network
Inclusive Communities
Green Team
Network
Inclusive Communities
Back to Business
Network
Inclusive Communities
Special
Children's Group

Network
Inclusive Communities
Diabetes
Network
Inclusive Communities
Adult Caregiver
Network
Inclusive Communities

Developing top diverse talent throughout our career journey

Within Cisco, we continue to offer powerful leadership development opportunities that are rooted in the lived experiences of communities and have been a critical success factor in promoting and retaining top talent.

Our opportunities extend across leaders’ careers, including our JUMP program for early-in-career women and our DARE program for high-potential mid-level women. During the pandemic, we shifted our development courses to an all-virtual environment to continue to bring inclusive values to all corners of the company. DARE participants are 1.4 times more likely to remain at Cisco and grow their careers, and JUMP participants are 1.8 times more likely to get promoted than nonparticipants.

In fiscal 2021, we launched a new e-learning development program, Building Skills for a Conscious Culture, and expanded our highly successful Next Generation Leaders program. For more information on these innovative solutions, see the Cisco Purpose Report.

Cisco employees who attend key strategic partnership events like Diversity Women, HITEC, ELC, CFW, and PBWC are up to 3.5X more likely to be promoted

Cisco also partners with world-class organizations that excel in areas that align to our expanded definition of diversity and help amplify our ability to develop top diverse talent. In fiscal 2021, high-potential employees participated in our strategic partner conferences, events, and development programs designed to inspire participants to expand their capabilities, grow their networks, and create inclusive futures.

This level of Cisco engagement is critical to the development of our top diverse talent. As in-person events continue to pivot to virtual events, Cisco helps ensure their success by providing technology and support to our strategic partners. Participants are significantly more likely to stay and continue their careers with Cisco and improve their odds of earning a promotion over nonparticipants.

Our Inclusion and Collaboration strategic partners include:

Diverse Talent Accelerators

Diverse Talent Accelerators (DTA) is a suite of digital solutions integrated with business intelligence that help us find, attract, select, and accelerate diverse top talent. Cisco launched these innovative solutions in 2018, and they are now a cornerstone of our Inclusion and Collaboration work. DTA leverages geo-data, process automation, augmented content, and interactive guidance to locate and match the best people with the best opportunities.

More than 14,000 Cisco leaders have been given access to solutions within DTA to make business decisions that drive increasing representation across the full spectrum of diversity.

The DTA suite includes solutions to accelerate diversity, explore new possibilities, and drive outcomes that transform our industry. These include:

  • Smart Insights enables us to benchmark and optimize diversity opportunities.
  • Smart Start, a solution we created in partnership with Textio, helps us detect and mitigate bias in job postings and candidate communications.
  • Smart Tracker helps us identify the best places to find diverse talent.
  • Smart Select helps hiring managers put together diverse interviewer panels to help mitigate bias and increase the odds of hiring diverse talent.