This blog was originally posted on the Huffington Post
The Techonomy Detroit conference on Sept. 17 brings together leaders across the country to focus on the transformative role of technology in boosting industries and advancing our economy. Can technology make a difference in the lives and well-being of our neighbors? Can the rapid advancements of social tools allow for a richer collaboration to solve some of our most challenging social issues? Every day I witness innovative technologies being used to not only address social challenges but to build stronger communities — here in the U.S. and across the globe.
But technology alone is not the key.
When people in public and private sectors come together in collaborative partnerships with a common future vision, and combine this vision with innovative technologies, we see the resulting impacts multiply.
Preparing Today for Tomorrow’s Challenges
For a competitive and sustainable economy, the U.S. must have a skilled and well-trained workforce that can meet the evolving needs of industry, such as in education and health care. According to the International Telecommunications Union, 90 percent of all jobs by 2015 will require technical skills. Across industries, we see the growth of global intelligent networks creating a greater need for trained professionals to keep these networks running and secure. So our current shortage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) trained workers is a real risk to our country’s economic recovery and long-term growth. However, a workforce well-schooled in information and communications technology (ICT) and engineering could spur innovation while fueling productivity and economic growth. Investments in ICT will play a major role in generating stable, high-paying jobs and boosting the nation’s gross domestic product. Read More »
Today, Cisco is participating in the Drive the Dream event organized by the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Collaborative. We are excited to be working with Governor Jerry Brown and other organizations making up the electric vehicle ecosystem to promote the on-going effort to improve the environmental sustainability of our transportation system. By continuing to elevate and discuss the issues and advantages in today’s electric vehicle market, we fuel future innovation and a more sustainable transportation system.
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Tags: carbon, electric vehicle, EV, PEV, PHEV
Yesterday Cisco was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and the DJSI North America for the 8th year in a row. This annual review is based on a thorough analysis of Cisco’s economic, social, and environmental performance.
We value our inclusion on the DJSI for a number of reasons. First, it allows us to benchmark our year-over-year performance measurements such as corporate governance, risk management, climate change strategy, supply chain standards, labor practices, and corporate citizenship. Through the DJSI, we can monitor how we are doing in these areas compared to previous years, and also compare our performance to peer companies.
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Tags: corporate social responsibility, CSR, DJSI, dow jones, sustainable investing
When I arrived in early June for my 12-week internship in Cisco Corporate Affairs, I began to read You + Networks = Impactx everywhere on the Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) website. For me, it was just a tagline – part of a marketing campaign for Cisco CSR. I didn’t understand it, and wasn’t sure if I completely believed it. It wasn’t until I became a part of the Cisco CSR family and plugged myself into the equation that You + Networks = Impactx became much more than a tagline; it became the heart of my work at Cisco this summer.
During my 12-week internship, I learned how human and technology networks can multiply impact on people, communities, and the planet.
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Tags: college, corporate social responsibility, CSR, impact multiplied, intern
Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for underserved students, today announced Cisco as a new National Leadership Partner.
Cisco and the Cisco Foundation have supported Citizen Schools since 2009, providing more than $1.24 million in grants and products to help the program expand from 10 schools in five states to 31 schools in seven states and improve communication among staff nationally.
Also, more than 125 Cisco employees have volunteered with the nonprofit’s Citizen Teacher program, leading 10-week apprenticeships for middle school students.
Cisco Strategic Account Manager Doug Reagan instructs students on the art of making video documentaries.
Are you passionate about helping children succeed in high school, dream of college and careers, and reach their full potential? Find out how you can become a Citizen Teacher at citizenschools.org.
Tags: apprenticeship, corporate social responsibility, CSR, education, nonprofit, volunteer