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Technology that Helps Humanity

May 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm PST

This article was originally published on Cisco’s internal employee news site, Cisco Employee Connection. 

The Internet of Everything is beginning to transform every aspect of our lives. Can we still change this world for the better by connecting people, data, process and things?

Corporate Affairs SVP Tae Yoo says, “More than ever.”

“As the Internet of Everything takes hold, our networked technology is effecting more dramatic and longer-lasting change in people’s lives,” Tae says. “We find the world’s best social innovators. And then we give them the tools and resources to expand and accelerate their fine work.”

Take two of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) community partners that are making significant progress against math illiteracy and global poverty. One, MIND Research Institute, is helping U.S. schoolchildren improve their math skills for future job success. The other, Digital Divide Data, is helping underserved youth in Kenya, Cambodia, and Laos develop technology skills for a lifetime of employment.

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Networking Academy Competitions Help Students Stand Out

May 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm PST

For students enrolled in Cisco Networking Academy courses, Networking Academy NetRiders Competitions are an amazing way to gain valuable hands-on experience, test their skills under pressure, and expand their network of professional connections. Most of all, winning NetRiders helps students stand out in the job market, as Jesús Israel Nava of Mexico and Csilla Bessenyei of Hungary found out.

Bob_SchoenherrBob Schoenherr is a designer, content developer, and technical lead for the competitions. “Apart from the hands-on practical experience, the competitive environment allows participants to go head to head against students from all over the world,” he says. “NetRiders and other skills competitions give students exposure for internships and career opportunities and offer contestants development growth potential in networking and IT skills that prove beneficial.”

Bob offers a bit of advice for students planning to participate. He recommends that students learn the materials, as opposed to memorizing the material: “The best way to learn concepts is to create scenarios to be solved and then solve them.”

Watch Bob’s video below for more insights on the benefits of participating in NetRiders.

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Cisco a “World’s Most Ethical Company” for 7th Straight Year

May 6, 2014 at 5:00 am PST

Jeremy_WilsonThis post was written by guest blogger Jeremy Wilson, Director, Ethics and Integrity

Do companies have good ethics any more? At least one hundred do.

Cisco was recently placed on Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical company list for the seventh year in a row. Ethisphere, an independent research center that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and compliance, issues an annual survey with a series of multiple-choice questions that are intended to “capture a company’s performance in an objective, consistent, and standardized way.” Scores are then generated in five categories:

  • Ethics and compliance programs
  • Reputation, leadership, and innovation
  • Governance
  • Corporate citizenship and responsibility
  • Culture of ethics

Only a handful of companies have remained on the list as long a Cisco. The Cisco Ethics Office works with our various compliance partners around the company and around the world to enable and ensure legal and regulatory compliance in the 100+ countries in which we do business. The Ethics Office specifically focuses its attention on responding to questions and concerns that come in through the various reporting avenues, counseling with the business, and working with leaders to promote and enhance Cisco’s culture of ethics and integrity.

Cisco is also one of the few companies in the world to repeatedly achieve 100% participation in its code of business conduct certification and related trainings. This is just another indicator of Cisco’s commitment to good business ethics. Kudos to the entire Cisco Family on this great achievement.

Read more about Cisco’s commitment to good corporate governance and ethics.

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Cisco’s Doing What on Earth Day?

Nature2webOh so much!

First of all, we don’t consider Earth Day as just one day in the year when we implement a few feel-good actions that temporarily improve our environment. We consider Earth Day a great opportunity to reach out to our 68,000+ global employees to highlight today’s most pressing environmental issues — to educate them about what Cisco is doing, and to guide them in what they can do every day of the year to reduce their impact on the environment.

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Ok, so now that I have that off of my chest, what exactly is Cisco doing this Earth Day, April 22, 2014?  Well, besides continuing to 1) develop technologies like Cisco TelePresence video conferencing and Cisco WebEx web conferencing, which have proven to reduce environmental impacts and 2) implement many energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (like this solar project) to meet our aggressive corporate sustainability goals, we are holding a number of Earth Day events for employees across the globe.

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Earth Day 2014: Time for Hope (and Frustration)

If you’re into sustainability, Earth Day can be a bit like New Year’s Day. A time to reflect. A time of hope. Maybe a bit of frustration with things not yet completed. But impatience can grease the wheels of change…

A time of hope. Today, sustainability isn’t just the province of non-profit advocacy groups. Unlike not too long ago, most large companies now have sustainability staff and are somewhere on a shared road of discovery, learning how to incorporate sustainability into the business model and culture of their own company and those of their customers. We’re making progress but the destination is still over the horizon.

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