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CSR Priorities

Our take on responsible business

At Cisco, we believe more than ever that what’s good for the world is good for business. Our success depends on our people feeling inspired by their jobs and fulfilled in their careers. Our future is brighter when more people join the digital economy and prosper. And we know that to sustain our success we must protect our greatest resource: the planet.

How we prioritize


People can reach their potential when they’re inspired and given the right opportunity


Society is stronger when everyone participates in and benefits from the digital economy


We have an obligation to future generations to manage our natural resources responsibly

It’s about getting jobs and changing lives

We’re enabling people to thrive in a digital economy. Through our IT education and career building programs, we’re helping people launch careers, start businesses, and solve global problems.

Room to flourish

We give employees opportunities to grow professionally and contribute to Cisco’s mission to improve the world for everyone.

A place where people grow and give

Build a culture that values personal and professional growth, and people do what’s right. Cisco is consistently ranked one of the best places to work. That goodwill ripples outward as Cisco employees give back to their communities in time and money.

  • 21 years on the Forbes “Best Companies to Work For” list

  • 44% of our employees donated or volunteered in fiscal year 2017

  • 10,000+ institutions worldwide use our Cisco Networking Academy IT curriculum free of charge

Committed to the greater good

Respecting human rights and creating opportunity for everyone are core principles at Cisco. It’s how we do business. We promote diversity and are committed to building an inclusive workforce at all levels. We promote safe working conditions and ethical labor practices throughout our supply chain. And our support of nonprofits and social enterprises serves communities in need around the world.

Social empowerment

By investing in and developing scalable technology-based solutions, we enable nonprofits and social enterprises to create and sustain long-term positive social change.

Benefits to society

Charitable grants from Cisco benefit millions of people every year. And we make human rights a priority. In our fiscal year 2017, we made a difference to millions of people around the world. 

  • 154 million people worldwide benefited from our grants to nonprofits in fiscal year 2017

  • US$355 million in cash and in-kind contributions were made to community organizations

  • 96% of required Cisco employees completed human rights training in fiscal year 2017

Protecting our planet

We’re minimizing our environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our operations and supply chain, and extending the lifecycle of our products. 

Circular economy

We’ve launched initiatives at Cisco to minimize material waste. In a circular economy, products are not discarded after use. Instead, they are refurbished and reused to prolong their total lifespan.

Sustainable and energy efficient

We’re using renewable energy to power our business. We design our products to last longer and use less energy. Our accomplishments in fiscal year 2017 included:

  • 80% of our global electricity use came from renewable sources

  • 103 energy efficient projects completed in our own operations

  • 11,400 metric tonne of products returned to Cisco for reuse, refurbishing, or recycling

"I've never been more certain that what is good for people, society, and the planet is good for business."

Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO

CSR Report 2017

Discover Cisco’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, priorities, and performance.

News and events

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019

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Global Problem Solvers: The Series

We're pleased to introduce our newest corporate social responsibility educational initiative.

Current CSR awards

Explore Cisco’s wide recognition for corporate citizenship and leadership.