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Annual Contest Honors Videos That Drive Social Change

February 3, 2014 at 1:00 am PST

Cisco is once again sponsoring the DoGooder Video Awards, which recognize the creative and effective use of video in promoting social good. New this year is a category for young do-gooders, aged 12 to 21, who best communicated their thoughts on pressing social issues in a way that inspired others.

Video submissions will be accepted via the contest website until February 15, in the following categories:

  • The ImpactX Award: honoring those videos that have demonstrated impact for their causes.
  • The Best Nonprofit Video Award: honoring nonprofit organizations using video to make change.
  • The Funny for Good Award: Recognizing effective use of comedy to make people laugh and take action.
  • The Most Inspiring Youth Media Award: For youth who best communicated their thoughts on pressing social issues in a way that inspired others.

Members of the public will be able to vote for the winners from February 28 through March 10.

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8000+ Networking Academy Students Attend First-Ever “Academy Day” At Cisco Live

January 31, 2014 at 10:47 am PST

As Cisco Live, one of our annual, regional training, networking, and education conferences, wraps up in Milan, Italy today, we are pleased to report that our first-ever Academy Day drew more than 8000 Cisco Networking Academy students, both in-person and online.

Cisco Networking Academy prepares students to design, build, manage and secure networks – to become the future architects of the Internet of Everything.

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

Christina O’Neill is 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

In its 11th year, Cisco’s 2013 Global Hunger Relief Campaign proved more than ever that our desire to do the right thing goes beyond the confines of our traditional work responsibilities. Cisco’s annual campaign ran from November 4th through December 31st, and our results were record breaking!

Cisco employees directly donated $2.3 million in the fight against hunger around the world.  All employee contributions were matched twice – once by the Cisco Foundation and once by Chairman Emeritus John Morgridge’s TOSA Foundation – tripling the impact of every gift and bringing total donations to $5.8 million, distributed through 162 hunger relief organizations around the world.  The impact of the dollars raised translates to 23 million meals served! As part of the campaign, we were able to partner with Cisco’s disaster relief efforts after tragedy struck the Philippines at the beginning of November, sending food relief via our campaign to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Cisco Among Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

This week, Cisco was again included in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations – a select group of the world’s most sustainable large-cap companies based on 12 indicators, including energy, innovation, corporate governance issues, and diversity.

Cisco was #1 in the IT category and 11th overall, up from 20th last year. The Global 100 were chosen from a starting universe of more than 4000 companies worldwide.

In its tenth year, the Global 100 has come to be a widely followed analysis of corporate sustainability. Companies named to the Global 100 are the top overall sustainability performers in their respective industrial sectors.

The index is compiled by Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and investment advisory company, and announced each year during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Read more about Cisco’s commitment to sustainability in our 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

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How Access to Broadband Can Remove Barriers to Education and Empower Women

This blog was originally posted on the Huffington Post

Research resoundingly reveals that when girls and women are educated, the income they earn is primarily returned to their families, which in turn helps build stronger families and more stable communities. But can something as simple as a dirty bathroom break that positive cycle?

Unfortunately, in some countries it can, especially when adolescent girls reach puberty. UNICEF finds that 1 in 10 school-age African girls “do not attend … or drop out at puberty because of the lack of clean and private sanitation facilities in schools.” Girls’ attendance also drops dramatically if they are not well because of disease or poor nutrition, if the school is far away and parents are concerned for the child’s safety, or if families don’t see the value in spending limited funds on their daughter’s education.

To help more girls become educated, we must first remove these and other barriers that prevent them from attending and staying in school.

Many organizations are doing that — they are building schools in impoverished or politically and socially turbulent regions, establishing schools just for girls and women, and providing qualified female teachers to underserved communities, particularly in developing or underdeveloped countries.

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