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How the ‘Avon Lady’ Inspired Better Health and Livelihoods in Africa

According to the United Nations, one in eight children in sub-Saharan Africa die before the age of five. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable, but poor families simply can’t access the products and services that could help.

With a shortage of healthcare facilities in rural areas, many families cannot afford to miss a day of work to travel the long distance to get to a health facility, or to return for follow-up care. At the same time, there is little in the way of preventive care and health education, so minor illnesses quickly become serious and costly. At the core, these are issues of lack of access and inequality, and they prevent the poor from living healthy and productive lives.

Living Goods is removing these obstacles by bringing products, services, and knowledge directly to the doorsteps of people who need them. If you’ve heard of the ‘Avon Lady,’ you know how Living Goods works.

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What a Pink-and-White Camera Taught Us About Hunger

October 16, 2012 at 10:08 am PST

Today is World Food Day, a time to shine a spotlight on the global movement to end hunger.

For years, Cisco has been part of this movement. Through cash and in-kind contributions and employee volunteerism we support organizations working to end hunger — from agencies in our backyard like Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, to U.S-wide organizations like Feeding America, to the global UN World Food Programme (WFP).

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A Recap of Cisco’s #CSRChat on Twitter

October 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm PST

On Wednesday, October 9 Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was honored to be the guest for the #CSRChat hosed by the fabulous and super energetic Susan McPherson (@susanmcp1)!

Since our conversation was fast and lively we thought it would be useful to provide the questions and answers, along with resources to give you some additional insight into Cisco’s CSR work:

To begin with at Cisco, we believe that businesses have a responsibility to operate in ways that respect and ultimately benefit people, communities, and the planet we live on. Our core CSR philosophy is that impact multiplies whenever human and technology networks combine to solve a problem.

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Chat with Cisco About CSR on Twitter

October 10, 2012 at 7:30 am PST

Today we are proud to be participating in our first Twitter #CSRChat with Susan McPherson, a passionate supporter of global innovation, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Please join us from 3 to 4 p.m. ET/noon to 1 p.m. PT on Wednesday, October 10.

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Cisco CEO Discusses Global Challenges and Opportunities and What’s Possible on CNN

October 3, 2012 at 11:16 am PST

Last week at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers participated in a panel discussion moderated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on “Business by Design: Growth and Opportunity.”

An edited portion of the panel will air this Sunday, October 7 on Fareed’s CNN show, Global Public Square, at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT and 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. 

Fareed Zakaria, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris and Cisco CEO John Chambers at CGI 2012

Other panelists were Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein and Dow Chemical Company President, Chairman, and CEO Andrew Liveris. While a broad range of topics were discussed, all of the speakers agreed that in order to fully utilize our nation’s resources, government and business must partner to help solve the key challenges we face.

Zakaria ended the discussion quoting Chambers: “‘You haven’t seen anything yet’…that’s a good optimistic note to end on.”

Watch the panel discussion this Sunday on CNN. Please check the CNN listings for your local viewing time.