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Consider this: Many of today’s top jobs didn’t exist 10 years ago — jobs such as app developers, social media managers, and cloud computing administrators. And, by 2018, it’s predicted that there will be 21 billion networked devices and connections globally, up from 12 billion in 2013. The Internet of Everything (IoE) will bring everything together. But in our world of ever-expanding technology, it’s important to remember what makes these connections possible: people.
The good news is that the bourgeoning digital age is creating millions of information technology (IT) job opportunities for people. The bad news is that we aren’t developing IT talent fast enough to keep up with the pace of demand.
A ManpowerGroup study shows that in the Americas, 39 percent of employers report hiring challenges caused by IT talent shortages. Acute shortages were reported by employers in Brazil, India, Turkey, Hong Kong and Japan, where that number skyrockets to 85 percent. And across the globe, engineers, technicians and IT staff are among the top seven hard-to-fill jobs.
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, national service, workforce development
Globally, 13 percent of young people – nearly 75 million people — are unemployed. In the Middle East and North Africa, this number rises to more than 28 percent. The issue is compounded when you factor in the 127 million unemployed adults worldwide. Meanwhile, 40 percent of employers in the United States, 65 percent in Brazil, and 64 percent in India report they are unable to fill job vacancies, potentially causing billions of dollars in losses.
Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers will address this issue on September 23 during a plenary session at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.
Chambers will join moderator and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for “Putting Education to Work,” a discussion on how CGI members can create real education-to-employment journeys for young people, retrain adults, and eliminate the barriers that prevent those traditionally left behind from gaining meaningful employment opportunities.
You can watch a livestream of this CGI session at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 23.
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Tags: CGI, Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility
Today, AmeriCorps celebrates 20 years of “getting things done.” AmeriCorps has a huge impact in the United States. The program gives people the opportunity to work for a year with a nonprofit, school, public agency, or other organization that addresses societal needs.
Since 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed over 1.2 billion hours to some of our nation’s most pressing problems – poverty, illiteracy, food insecurity, homelessness, and lack of healthcare, to name a few.
AmeriCorps and other such “national service” organizations are a win-win for our society. They support communities, help people improve their lives, and provide additional “human capital” to organizations that serve disadvantaged people.
But they also help build a strong future workforce that is socially conscious, motivated, innovative, tenacious, and talented. While serving their communities, corps members develop and deploy skills in communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership — skills that employers increasingly say are vital in the workplace.
Young people who participate in “national service” support communities and help people improve their lives, all while developing skills that prepare them to succeed in the workforce. Photo courtesy the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, national service, workforce readiness, youth employment
Last night I was proud to join other Cisco staff and executives in accepting four “Making Hunger History” awards from the Second Harvest Food Bank near our San Jose headquarters.
Cisco has supported Second Harvest for more than 20 years, and in that time we have raised the equivalent of 55 million pounds of food for the organization!
Our employees volunteer there and make donations through our annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign, and we’ve provided several product and cash grants over the years, most recently to help the organization’s clients better utilize the CalFresh food stamp program (read my earlier blog on CalFresh). In 2012 Cisco employees contributed more than 4900 volunteer hours to Second Harvest.
Cisco received 4 “Making Hunger History” awards from the Second Harvest Food Bank on September 10. On hand to receive them were (l-r): Jessica Graham, community relations manager; Randy Pond, senior vice president of operations; Curt Hill, VP of technical support; Rebecca Jacoby, chief information officer and a Second Harvest board member; and Ricardo Benavidez, senior community relations manager.
Second Harvest does important work. One in 10 residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties receives food from Second Harvest, and 40% of them are children. According to the 2014 Hunger in America report, clients receive assistance from Second Harvest Food Bank an average of 13 times per year, compared to the national average of 8 times. This could be a reflection of the high cost of living in California’s Bay Area.
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I am excited to announce that Cisco has joined The Climate Registry, a North American nonprofit organization that sets standards for calculating, verifying, and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Our membership in The Climate Registry provides Cisco with the opportunity to share best practices to help improve corporate GHG accounting and reduction practices throughout the world. The mission of TCR also aligns with our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals around GHG reduction and reporting.
We’ve had goals in these areas since 2008, when we pledged to reduce our GHG emissions (Scope 1, 2 and business air travel scope 3, to be exact) worldwide by 25% by the end of 2012. (Check out this Greenhouse Gas Protocol infographic that explains Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions).
Since meeting that goal, we set several other aggressive goals for fiscal year 2017, such as reducing our GHG emissions by 40% and using electricity generated from renewable sources for at least 25% of our electricity every year. Measuring and reporting GHG emissions is a big part of setting and reaching these goals.
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Tags: carbon, Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, GHG emissions, greenhouse gas, Sustainability, The Climate Registry