CSR Environmental Sustainability

CSR Environmental Sustainability

Taking care of the planet

At Cisco, we believe environmental sustainability is critical for economies and for all global citizens. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biodiversity and natural resources, and designing our products to minimize waste. These important actions are factored into every aspect of our business.

High standards, less carbon

To reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions, we’re aggressively increasing our use of renewable energy. In our last fiscal year, it accounted for 80% of our electricity use worldwide. By 2020, we plan to eliminate one million tons of greenhouse gases from our supply chain.

Our products help our customers reduce their carbon footprints, too – from the data center to the desktop. People use our collaboration solutions to work remotely, which translates to less fuel burned on the ground and in the air. And our energy-efficient cloud solutions help businesses reduce their IT energy needs.

Connected conservation

Rhinos will be extinct in South Africa by 2025 if poaching is not stopped. This will harm the ecosystem and reduce economic activity. Cisco and Dimension Data partnered to track poachers at a game reserve through seismic sensors, drone cameras, thermal imaging, and biometric scanning.

Building products to last

We embrace a “circular economy” strategy when it comes to designing and selling our products. This means materials flow continuously within the economy, rather than being used once and discarded.

We design our products to be maintained and upgraded to extend their life. And, we make it easy and cost effective for customers to return their unused products instead of disposing of them. By reusing, refurbishing, reselling, or recycling this returned equipment, we keep materials in circulation and out of landfills. 

Global problem solving for the planet

We look for opportunities to minimize Cisco’s impact on the environment in every corner of our business and our supply chain. And we seek ways technology reduce energy use and protect Earth’s biodiversity. 

  • 41% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over last 10 years (Scope 1 and 2)

    41% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the last 10 years (Scope 1 and 2)

  • 96% reduction in rhino poaching at a South Africa game reserve through partnership with Dimension Data

    96% reduction in rhino poaching at a South Africa game reserve through partnership with Dimension Data

  • 12K metric tonne

    11,400 metric tonne of products returned to Cisco for reuse, refurbishing, or recycling last fiscal year

We are committed to protecting the planet

EnergyOps projects pay off

EnergyOps projects pay off

Energy-reduction projects at our facilities save energy, cut costs, and increase comfort.

Boosting renewables with solar

Boosting renewables with solar

Our renewable energy goals take a leap forward with a new California solar facility.

Connected conservation

Connected conservation

We are protecting the world’s oldest animals with some of the world’s newest technology


A recognized leader

Cisco was named the most sustainable company in the United States by Barron's.

CSR Report 2017

CSR Report 2017

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

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Product repair contributes to a circular economy

Cisco delivers over one million repaired parts each year. It’s good for the planet and our customers. Read the report or watch the video (at right). 

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