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Sustainability Was Top of Mind for Cisco in 2015

Cisco’s commitment to sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) starts at the top, with our CEO Chuck Robbins saying in the most recent CSR report, “I truly believe that what is good for the world and good for business are more closely connected than ever before.”

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Through our collective efforts, we’re not only speeding the pace of social change around the world, but creating a better world for future generations to thrive. From the innovative technologies and solutions that we develop to our various CSR-related initiatives, we are making a positive difference in the world, economically, socially and environmentally.

As we begin this New Year, here are highlights of Cisco’s top accomplishments related to sustainability—a result of our coordinated efforts in 2015. We also want to extend a big thank you to all of our employees, partners and teams throughout the world. Each of you has helped to make these initiatives a reality.

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2015 Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Report: Environment

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility strategy prioritizes the issues that are most important to our business and to our stakeholders, identified through a formal CSR materiality assessment. We use the Cisco CSR Report to communicate our approach, objectives, progress, and challenges around five high-level priorities. This morning, we’ll focus on the Environment:

Over the years, Cisco has built strong relationships with key global advocacy organizations and established credibility with customers who want to use Cisco solutions to improve their own environmental sustainability. Our two most important environment-related issues are energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and product end of life, as explained by Kathy Mulvany and Darrel Stickler in the video below:

Randy Pond, Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Operations, shared how the company’s emphasis on environmental performance is helping to improve the business and Cisco’s reputation among industry leaders:

“We’ve found strong environmental performance and reputation enhances customer loyalty, strengthens strategic relationships with governments, and helps attract the best employee talent.”

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2015 Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Report: Our People

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility strategy prioritizes the issues that are most important to our business and to our stakeholders, identified through a formal CSR materiality assessment. We use the Cisco CSR Report to communicate our approach, objectives, progress, and challenges around five high-level priorities. This morning, we’ll focus on Our People:

A culture of empowerment, engagement, and innovation makes Cisco one of the most admired companies in the world and one of the best places to work. Our success depends on our people — their engagement, their talent, their innovation, and their desire to continue to learn and grow. We are going to give them a flexible work environments where they will be safe and healthy, where they can be their authentic selves, where they can get training and improve themselves, and where they will be rewarded for their hard work.

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Francine Katsoudas, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Cisco, emphasized the importance of our people in this year’s Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility report:

“At the core of our success is our people, and they are our focus. We want to attract and keep the best people and develop the best leaders today for tomorrow — leaders who have impact and are building the most incredible teams.”

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2015 Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Report: Governance and Ethics

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility strategy prioritizes the issues that are most important to our business and to our stakeholders, identified through a formal CSR materiality assessment. We use the Cisco CSR Report to communicate our approach, objectives, progress, and challenges around five high-level priorities. Today, we’ll take a look at Governance and Ethics:

Cisco is committed to creating technology solutions that solve our customers’ challenges and make the world a better place by connecting the unconnected. To bring that value to the world, it is essential that we have the trust of all our stakeholders — our employees, customers, and suppliers, and the communities in which we operate. A commitment to ethical conduct — and to the governance structures that ensure we walk the talk — provides the foundation for us to earn that trust.

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Mark Chandler, Cisco’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, expressed the importance of earning the trust of Cisco’s stakeholders in this year’s Corporate Social Responsibility report:

“A commitment to ethical conduct—and to the governance structures that ensure we walk
the talk—provides the foundation for us to earn our stakeholders’ trust. We are focused on addressing concerns around high-priority issues such as digital rights, ethical conduct, and data security and privacy.”

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2015 Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Report: Supply Chain

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility strategy prioritizes the issues that are most important to our business and to our stakeholders, identified through a formal CSR materiality assessment. We use the Cisco CSR Report to communicate our approach, objectives, progress, and challenges around five high-level priorities. First, we’ll focus on Supply Chain:

At Cisco, supply chain plays a critical role in the overall performance of the company. In a world where more and more devices are connecting to the Internet each day, we transform the technological innovations our engineers create by using our global network of capabilities to manufacture and deliver the solutions that enable our customers to harness the power of networking.

John Kern, Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, shared the importance of an ethical, sustainable supply chain in this year’s Corporate Social Responsibility report:

“Our supply chain continues to adapt, innovate, and transform our products and services to create outcomes that enable Cisco’s business and optimize the customer experience. The reach of our global supply chain is immense and we take seriously the responsibility of delivering superior technology products in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner.”

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