Last month, the Business Roundtable modernized its principles on the role of a corporation. The purpose for many corporations now encompasses this list: value for customers, investing in employees, fostering diversity and inclusion, dealing fairly and ethically with suppliers, supporting the communities in which we work, and protecting the environment.
In May 2019, 10 schools and over 250 students came together in Phoenix, Arizona for the Global Problem Solver Showcase and Competition. The winner? A new type of IoT device that helps to deter drunk driving. The inventors? A team of three middle schoolers.
The joint project “SmartQuart” by innogy, the Co-Innovation Center Cisco openBerlin and eight other partners was selected by the Federal Ministry of Economics as one of 20 winners of the “Reallabore der Energiewende” competition. In the cities of Essen and Bedburg in Nordrhein-Westfalen and Kaisersesch in Rheinland-Pfalz, the proposed project will network individual city districts within themselves and with each other.
One year ago, we announced goals to achieve 100 percent renewable energy, water neutrality and zero waste at Cisco’s campus in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. RTP is a growing campus in a regional innovation hub, surrounded by leading research universities and clean technology ventures. This makes RTP a perfect place to test ways to tackle sustainability issues within Cisco’s real estate operations, including energy, water and waste. Here’s what we’ve been doing in the last fiscal year (FY19) to make progress toward these goals:
What do 25 recent college graduates and 18 preschoolers have in common? You might think, “Not a lot” – but you’d be wrong.
We began this journey together: it was their first month of Pre-K, and it was our first job after graduation. We were all wide-eyed and full of hope for what was to come! Little did we know the impact that we would have on one another’s lives over the next year.
This post was written by guest blogger Abbey Burns, Circular Economy Program Manager at Cisco.
Cisco’s products power networks and shape the way we live, work, play, and learn. However, they also shape the world in many other ways. We extract natural resources to make and ship our hardware, and our customers rely on this same pool of resources to make their own products and run their own businesses. We can’t keep taking, without giving. It doesn’t last. But as a business, as a society, as a species, that is exactly what we’ve been doing. And it’s not sustainable.
At Cisco, we are committed to accelerating the transition of our business to the circular economy. We aim for all of our resources to follow a circular model – where we reduce our consumption of natural resources and design waste out of our value cycle, enabling products and packaging to be used and reused longer. This work goes beyond a series of projects or initiatives that eventually end with people shifting to work on new topics.
This post was written by guest blogger Alexa Schmidt, Senior Technology for Impact Program Manager, Mercy Corps.
The organization I work for—Mercy Corps—strives to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression through economic development and emergency relief programs around the world. This work has always been challenging.