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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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“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.

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Before (left) and after (right) cable packaging

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Cisco and Good World Solutions a “Hot Couple” in Sustainability

May 30, 2014 at 10:44 am PST

Today Sustainable Brands writer Dimitar Vlahov names Cisco and its nonprofit partner Good World Solutions as a Hot Couple in Sustainability for our work to develop and scale the Labor Link mobile platform that improves transparency in global supply chains.

Vlahov writes, “What if workers in a global brand’s supply chain could access a free and anonymous channel to report on working conditions, and the brand in question could get real-time data to identify and address problems quickly, before they become front-page news? Well, this is now a reality for adopters of solutions like Labor Link, and clients such as Cisco are already making good use of it.”

Read the full article at Sustainable Brands.

Read more about the relationship between Cisco and Good World Solutions.

Trainers at a garment factory in India show workers how to use mobile phones to take anonymous surveys. Photo: Arjun Kartha

A trainer at a garment factory in India shows workers how to use mobile phones to take anonymous Labor Link surveys. Photo: Arjun Kartha

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Cisco’s Doing What on Earth Day?

Nature2webOh so much!

First of all, we don’t consider Earth Day as just one day in the year when we implement a few feel-good actions that temporarily improve our environment. We consider Earth Day a great opportunity to reach out to our 68,000+ global employees to highlight today’s most pressing environmental issues — to educate them about what Cisco is doing, and to guide them in what they can do every day of the year to reduce their impact on the environment.

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Ok, so now that I have that off of my chest, what exactly is Cisco doing this Earth Day, April 22, 2014?  Well, besides continuing to 1) develop technologies like Cisco TelePresence video conferencing and Cisco WebEx web conferencing, which have proven to reduce environmental impacts and 2) implement many energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (like this solar project) to meet our aggressive corporate sustainability goals, we are holding a number of Earth Day events for employees across the globe.

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Earth Day 2014: Time for Hope (and Frustration)

If you’re into sustainability, Earth Day can be a bit like New Year’s Day. A time to reflect. A time of hope. Maybe a bit of frustration with things not yet completed. But impatience can grease the wheels of change…

A time of hope. Today, sustainability isn’t just the province of non-profit advocacy groups. Unlike not too long ago, most large companies now have sustainability staff and are somewhere on a shared road of discovery, learning how to incorporate sustainability into the business model and culture of their own company and those of their customers. We’re making progress but the destination is still over the horizon.

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