230 companies have been recognized for their commitment to advancing women in the workplace
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As part of Cisco’s continuing commitment to gender equality, we are proud to announce our inclusion in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for 2019! The 230 member firms in this year’s index are leading the way in how they advance women in their workplaces, their products, and their communities.
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 technology and people are accelerating global problem solving in ways that have never been attempted before. From solving customers’ business challenges to tackling the toughest social and environmental issues of our time, we are helping to make the impossible possible.
We use our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report to share how we are managing and measuring progress against our CSR goals, as well as to respond to a broad set of stakeholder expectations and inquiries we receive throughout the year.
Internet traffic has grown dramatically over the past two decades and is only going to accelerate. More traffic will be created in 2022 than in the 32 years since the internet started, according to Cisco’s recent VNI Forecast. This traffic is coming from people, machines and the way we use the internet. By 2022, 60 percent of the global population will be internet users and more than 28 billion devices and connections will be online.
Today, more than ever, we hear about issues related to the workforce and the age of a digital economy: from talent shortages and immigration to skills gaps and economic inequality to job creation and inclusion. On their own, these are big issues to solve for, but together they represent both opportunities and challenges for Cisco, our customers, and our partners.
While some of you know me as a steward of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, my history with Cisco goes back much further to my first role in business development. How might you ask did my journey take me from business development to where I am today?
Growing up in Kenya, the Ruto brothers couldn’t recall ever having a consistent water supply. Ken and Denis would often go days and weeks without running water, as over 50% of Kenya’s water resources are lost to theft, corruption, or leakage in the aging analog systems. Like other families, they’d buy water from unscreened sources, which was not only expensive but potentially dangerous.