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Your Cheat Sheet to Cisco’s 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report


This post was written by guest blogger Lori Biesen, CSR Consultant, Corporate Affairs Marketing, Cisco.

FY18 was a significant year for CSR in many ways – Blackrock’s CEO Larry Fink came out strong in his annual letter titled, “A Sense of Purpose,” emphasizing the importance that business considers their impact on society and the environment.

Cisco VIDEO | Ushahidi's Crowdsourcing Software Gives People a Voice in Times of Crisis

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When a crisis occurs, the people who are affected can use Ushahidi's open-source platform to report what is happening around them via social media, email, and text. Their reports are compiled into real-time maps, which enable others to reach and help them more quickly.

Learn more about Cisco’s work with Critical Human Needs and Disaster Relief here.

Cisco VIDEO | Empowering New Orleans’ Youth with Digital Skills

by Charu Adesnik, Deputy Director, Cisco Foundation

As Deputy Director of the Cisco Foundation, I am fortunate to be at the center of investing our technology, expertise, and cash grants to empower global problem solvers that make a positive impact on our world. Last year alone, our investments in innovative digital solutions positively impacted 154 million people in some of the most economically underserved parts of the world. We are committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025 and have reached 232 million people to date.  

Cisco’s Inaugural Be the Bridge Campaign Raises Millions to Change the World

by Rebecca Jacoby, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President

Every day, there are millions in need in our communities and around the world– a mother who is not able to feed her children before putting them to bed; a child who is not able to attend school because of open wounds on his or her body; a family without housing because of war and conflict in their country – and many other similar stories we’ve heard where dependable access to basic human necessities is a struggle.

And every day, we have the opportunity to bridge this gap by connecting to these communities and using those connections to change our world for the better.

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Receives Golden Peacock Award

by Catherine Paquette

Cisco’s commitment to making the world a better place is paying off; on February 5, 2016, Cisco sent two representatives to accept the Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. This is the second year Cisco has received recognition from this organization, and the first time we’ve won an award in the global category.

Cisco’s RTP Employees Give Big to Local Charities

by Ed Paradise, Cisco RTP Site Executive and Vice President of Engineering

Cisco is a great company to work for – with an even bigger heart. It is a privilege to work alongside great people who give of their time, talent, and treasure to make the world, and its local communities, a better place.

An Enduring Commitment to Strengthening Cisco’s Communities

by Ricardo Benavidez

It started one day with a quiet knock on a classroom door where I was volunteering. A student at Joseph George middle-school in East San Jose asked if she could continue building her solar car at lunch time. Soon, she was joined by a one friend, then another. Pretty soon, they would come three or four at a time during snack, lunch, and after school to perfect their vehicles and get them ready for the street.

Annual Employee Giving Campaign Generates Nearly $6 Million for Global Hunger Relief


This post was written by guest blogger Christina O’Neill, a manager with Cisco Community Relations based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, who oversaw Cisco’s 2013 record-breaking Global Hunger Relief Campaign.

 “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

A Successful CSR Program Depends on Employee Engagement


This week, SmartRecruiters recognized Cisco as having one of the top 10 corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in the United States.

In her assessment of Cisco’s CSR programs, SmartRecruiters blogger Lexie Forman-Ortiz acknowledged one of its key components: our employees.


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