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Cisco Joins Prestigious Sustainability Organization

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.

climate-registryOur 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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Cisco Partner Community Solutions Exceeds Goal to House 100K Homeless

Chronic homelessness is a problem across the United States. Many homeless families and individuals are unable to break the cycle of poverty.

Cisco has supported  Community Solutions and its 100,000 Homes Campaign to find homes for 100,000 chronically homeless people across the United States by July 2014. We were thrilled when Community Solutions met its goal 1 month ahead of schedule. Homes have been found for more than 105,000 people, including over 31,000 veterans, in 186 participating communities.

Cisco’s initial Global Impact Cash Grant in 2012 supported the Sharing Innovations Initiative, which helped participating communities more effectively convene community members at Rapid Results Housing Boot Camps and webinars to transfer best practices, encourage and share innovation, and enable crowd-sourced problem solving.

Average monthly housing placement rates for chronically homeless individuals increased from 1.6 percent to 5.1 percent in just 6 months. This is more than double the program target of 2.5 percent per month.

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CSR Partner Good World Solutions Wins Social Entrepreneurship Award

September 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm PST

One of the nonprofits we support through our Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, Good World Solutions, has won a Gratitude Award for its innovative Labor Link mobile platform.

LaborLink uses mobile technology to give a voice to global factory workers and farmers, and delivers real-time data to companies like Cisco and Patagonia to align sourcing practices with worker needs.

For example, companies can use Labor Link to give workers valuable information on health, financial literacy, and education. Workers can use it to report anonymously on working conditions and job satisfaction directly to decision-makers at distant companies that buy the products they make.

In India, Labor Link is being used to measure the effectiveness of financial literacy training at 11 garment and footwear factories

In India, Labor Link is being used to measure the effectiveness of financial literacy training at 11 garment and footwear factories

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“Pack It Green” Saves Nearly 2 Million Pounds of Packaging and Over $6 Million

August 27, 2014 at 9:57 am PST

The growing amount of solid waste being added to landfills from product packaging is an environmental concern to Cisco. To address this, we strive to design packages that protect against shipping damage while minimizing material usage.

Our employee-led “Pack It Green” Initiative, which promotes optimized packaging and order fulfillment, is a big part of this commitment.

In fiscal year 2014* we eliminated 1.9 million pounds of material and the equivalent of 3.1 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions through 30 Pack It Green projects. These included bulk-packed products, integrated product shipments, the reuse of packaging materials, and expanding opportunities for customers to “opt out” of physically delivered products.

These efforts also saved Cisco US$6.1 million – proving that what’s good for the environment is also good for our business.

Before and after cable packaging

Before (left) and after (right) cable packaging

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CyberPatriot Prepares Students to Protect the Internet of Everything

Students arrive in Washington, D.C. wearing embroidered leather jackets with logos and names stitched in bright colors on their sleeves. They’re members of different teams, but not sports teams. They are at the nation’s capitol for CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense competition, the largest high school cyber defense competition in the United States.

By volunteering as mentors, we as Cisco employees can impact the future generations of network professionals who will protect the Internet of Everything from breaches and threats that are becoming more common as people, processes, data, and things become more connected.

CyberPatriot’s competition was created by the Air Force Association (AFA) in 2009 to inspire high school students to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot National commissioner, stresses the importance of cybersecurity training as the number of breaches become more common on the Internet.

“There are 15,000 attacks per second in the United States,” he said. “We have a dire need for cybersecurity professionals in the United States, but we frankly aren’t drawing enough young men and young women” to the field.

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