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Cisco Named to 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

April 19, 2012 - 4 Comments

This week, Corporate Responsibility Magazine unveiled its 100 Best Corporate Citizens List during a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange. We in Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) were proud to see that Cisco is #43.

The rankings are based on performance in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy.

Cisco was ranked #1 in the corporate governance category, meaning that no other company among the 975 reviewed did a better job of following responsible and ethical business practices.

You are probably thinking, “That’s great, but what, exactly, does it mean for a corporation to be ethical?” At Cisco, we have a Code of Business Conduct (CBC) that boils it down pretty simply for our 70,000+ employees:

  • We respect each other and encourage personal and professional growth
  • We use our resources — from computers to paper towels — frugally
  • We don’t give or accept gifts that could create conflicts of interest
  • We follow laws and regulations to the letter
  • We report financial information accurately and on time

The CBC is obviously more detailed than this bulleted list, but the upshot is that it spans every area of how the company operates. The corporate culture at Cisco is built on trust, integrity, inclusion, empowerment, and open communication. All of which makes Cisco a great place to work — and explains why we were #5 in the “employee relations” category of the Best Corporate Citizens List.

Governance and ethics may sound like a dry topic. But it is vital to our CSR approach at Cisco, because any success that is not achieved ethically is no success at all.

Please read more about our governance and ethics practices on our website and download our 2011 CSR Report.

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  1. In this era of corporate scandals, it is good to see a company recognised for following responsible and ethical business practices. Congratulations to CISCO!

    • Thanks for commenting! It feels good to work for a company that is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen.

  2. Cisco's employees receive the information needed to make decisions in line with the company's overall mission and that trickles up resulting in great successes such as being included in the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. Congratulations.