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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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eDelivery is the New Compact Disc

Remember your first compact disc? Maybe yours was a music album like Billy Joel’s “52nd Street” or Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” Or maybe your first compact disc was the CD-ROM, used to download the first application to your brand new computer. The jewel case made your CD look far more valuable than the price you paid. CDs were the future. Audio cassettes were a thing of the past.

Today, if you say the words “compact disc” to anyone under age 20, you get a strange look, and usually hear “What is a Compact Disc?” The introduction of MP3 players in the early 2000s gave consumers easy access to music, allowing them to share and download files to multiple devices with a few simple clicks.

Today, consumers also have easy access to downloadable software, images, and product licenses. They don’t need one more CD to collect dust in their office. CDs are a thing of the past.

Cisco understands our customers desire for fast, electronic fulfillment of software, licenses, and documentation. Our Supply Chain’s eDelivery program is not only delighting our customers by reducing physical software, licenses, and product documentation that ship with our product hardware, we are reducing Cisco’s environmental impact as well.

eDelivery is reducing software order lead times from weeks to less than 6 hours. eDelivery provides fast, reliable, and secure delivery, reducing logistics for our partners and customers. In Fiscal Year 2014, the eDelivery program saved over US$8 million, a 75% increase over the previous year. Additionally, eDelivery saved 904 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions, or the equivalent of 2.15 million miles driven by a passenger vehicle. That’s impact multiplied!

Learn more about the Cisco eDelivery Program. 

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Cisco Releases Tenth Annual CSR Report

I am pleased to announce that Cisco has released its tenth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. The 2014 Cisco CSR Report outlines our strategy to use our expertise, technology, and partnerships for social, environmental, and business impact.

Each day, people around the world face many challenges: access to quality education, unemployment, poverty, and climate change, to name a few. We’ve learned that when we bring people together, they find innovative solutions to address these problems. And when you add technology to the mix, we can multiply our impact and uncover even greater opportunities.

For example, in France, a team of Cisco Networking Academy students used the connections between people, process, data, and things to create a networked walking stick for the blind. Watch this video to learn more:

Our CSR Report contains many more examples like this, organized according to five pillars:

  1. Governance and Ethics: Promoting responsible business practices at every level—with employees, suppliers, distributors, and partners
  2. Supply Chain: Working closely with our 600 global suppliers to maintain our high standards for ethics, labor rights, health, safety, and the environment
  3. Our People: Attracting, retaining, and developing talented people through an inspiring workplace, engaged management, and flexibility
  4. Society: Combining technology and human creativity to solve social issues and help communities thrive.
  5. Environment: Creating new business value for our customers using sustainable Cisco technologies, products, and solutions

Here are just a few highlights from our 2014 CSR Report:

  • We updated our Human Rights Roadmap to align with the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and we launched an online human rights training program for our employees.
  • 58% of our key suppliers set goals to cut their greenhouse gas emissions — up from 45% in 2013.
  • We ranked number 55 on the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.
  • We made $275 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community organizations worldwide; and our employees volunteered 136,000 hours to support organizations in their own communities.
  • Employee-led “Pack It Green” projects saved approximately 888 metric tonne of packaging material and are expected to save over $6 million annually through material and freight cost reductions.
  • 97% of Networking Academy students who participate in a selective internship program with local IT companies in Italy get jobs; the partnership is creating a pipeline of tech talent while combatting a youth unemployment rate over 40%.

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TU Darmstadt Rolls Out Cisco Unified Access to Prepare for 802.11ac

Technische Universität Darmstadt, usually known as TU Darmstadt is a research university based in Germany. It was founded in 1877 and over the last 137 years has grown to be among the largest and most prestigious public universities in Germany serving over 25,000 students per year. It is the alma-mater to many world-wide leaders from Nobel prize winners, a CEO of a fortune 500 company, a president of a country and multiple World Robocup champions.

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No wonder, they have a reference from Albert Einstein!

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In 2009 TU Darmstadt embraced BYOD with the 5508 Series Controller managing the 1140 802.11n Access Points. Recently we talked to Thomas Vogel, the Head of Network Group and Andreas Liebe, the Network Services Manager who have over 15 years of experience managing WLAN environments. In this blog, we will describe some of the details of WLAN deployments using the 3850 Series Switch and the 5760 Series Wireless LAN Controller to address the new requirements in the school environment. Read More »

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