CSR best practices

A Digital Data Collection Tool for Humanitarians

KoBoToolbox is a free, open-source digital data collection and analysis tool for the NGO sector. This tool makes it possible for disaster-relief workers to create surveys and collect data in any language.

The world’s most sustainable companies revealed

Cisco made the top ten of Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies in America ranking for the third year in a row.

Inside Cisco’s efforts to manage minerals in our supply chain

We continually conduct due diligence on minerals in our supply chain to ensure their mining and sale is not benefiting armed groups or actors that commit human rights violations. But until now, precise data about the origin of minerals has been lacking. Without this data, it’s much harder for us to address human rights and other issues at their source: the mine. The Transparensee Project aims to change that.

Cisco Networking Academy creates a much-needed skills-to-job pathway for diverse Midwest students

Committed to helping individuals in pockets of the US with limited jobs and opportunities achieve the skills they need to be successful in the digital world, Cisco Networking Academy has over 700 academies throughout the Midwest, with 175 in Michigan alone – a state that has been hard hit by economic downturns and globalization.

How a nonprofit partner supports social enterprises so individuals can gain relevant skills

This group addresses the gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, investing in and supporting social enterprises that provide employment opportunities for low-income communities facing isolation, discrimination, lack of job skills, and poor education.

Digital Green: Providing for those who provide for others

Smallholder farmers produce more than 80 percent of the world’s food. But they also make up 80 percent of the world’s poorest people, which means they often lack the resources to grow their businesses. Digital Green, a Cisco social investment partner, is using technology to change this equation.

How Destination: Home works to make homelessness in Silicon Valley rare, brief and nonrecurring

Cisco has moved to address this serious and growing crisis of inequality in our backyard. In 2018, we committed to donate $50 million over five years to help Destination: Home catalyze public funding and launch the Supportive Housing & Innovation Fund. Here's how the funds are being used.