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.
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.
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.
“This isn’t about charity—it’s about giving back to the military.”
These were the words of the DJ as participants knelt down on one knee at the starting line of Tough Mudder, an 11+ mile course with 20+ military style obstacles. I took this challenge last weekend at Northstar Ski Resort by Lake Tahoe with four other Cisco employees, plus three friends.
Cisco employee John Milo on the Log Jammin’ Obstacle at the Tough Mudder Norcal 2012
Tough Mudder benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps empower and support post-9/11 veterans as they heal their physical wounds (such as lost limbs) and emotional wounds (such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and re-assimilate into society. Many Wounded Warriors completed the course alongside us.
Today, we’ll tell you how we raised funds for Paralympic athletes through what we call the “Virtual Ride Across Britain” – literally cycling on (stationary) bikes in each of the Cisco offices across the UK and Ireland!
I’m writing this blog in conjunction with 2 of my Cisco colleagues, Stephen Reidy and Nigel Townley.
Last week in another Cisco blog, we introduced Cisco’s participation in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (or ‘RAB’, as we call it) – a 9 day cycle event across the whole of Great Britain. A number of Cisco colleagues were taking part over one or multiple days to raise funds for ParalympicsGB, in order to help this tremendous charity support more inspirational athletes. Alongside this, we also run the “Virtual Ride Across Britain” or VRAB, to enable more employees to participate. For the Cisco staff that can’t get out on the road, we compete virtually on gym bikes at each of the UK offices – Bedfont, Galway, Glasgow (Trilogy), Greenpark, Langley, London City, Manchester, Ruscombe – with an objective to collectively ride the length of Britain, equivalent to the 963 miles that the road riders complete in the “actual” RAB.
Stephen Reidy is a sales account manager in Cisco, and championed our “Virtual Ride Across Britain” across all of Cisco’s UK and Ireland offices, and Nigel Townley is a director of engineering in our “Enhanced Customer Aligned Testing Services” (or eCATS) testing team and press-ganged – sorry encouraged -- tremendous participation in our Greenpark (Reading) office.