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Company: Cisco, San Jose, CA
Entry Submitted By: Nadel Phelan, Inc.
Company Description: Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at For ongoing news, please go to
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year - More Than 2,500 Employees

Nomination Title: Cisco

    Tell the story about what this nominated company achieved since January 1 2010 (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:

        The Environment
•     Nearly 20,000 Cisco employees use Cisco Virtual Office to extend Cisco's own
network into their homes, permitting high speed access to voice, video and data
applications and reducing green house gas (GHG) emissions by telecommuting one
or more days each week.
•     In June 2008, Cisco set a GHG reduction goal of minus 25 percent absolute in
2012 compared to a 2007 baseline. Cisco has reduced air travel by 45 percent
absolute, and reduced its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 12 percent absolute.
•     To reduce our air travel, Cisco has installed over 800 Cisco TelePresence®
units in conference rooms, customer briefing centers and individual management
offices in over 200 cities in almost 60 countries worldwide. Cisco used WebEx
desktop conferencing more than 19 million people-hours in fiscal year 2010.
•     The company provided $138.7 million in corporate and foundation cash and
in-kind contributions to nonprofit organizations worldwide in 2010.
•     Cisco employees volunteered 148,355 hours of service with nonprofits around
the world.
•     The company supported the installation of networking equipment at 83 schools,
hospitals and clinics as part of Cisco's Connecting Sichuan Initiative.
•     As part of its Clinton Global Initiative commitment, Cisco helped establish
more than 23 Community Knowledge Centers in sub-Saharan Africa.
•     Cisco Networking Academy®, Cisco's flagship CSR initiative, offers information
and communications technology education to more than 900,000 students in 165
•     A record 85 percent of employees completed Cisco's annual Pulse employee
survey, up 5 percentage points from fiscal year 2009.
•     Talent Connection and CareerPath initiatives were piloted to facilitate career
development opportunities for Cisco employees.
•     Telecommuting and flextime opportunities are long-standing and used by 95
percent of Cisco employees.

        Governance and Ethics
•     Cisco's code of conduct, risk management and CSR initiatives follow the same
collaborative management model as its business lines, ensuring a
cross-functional view.
•     In fiscal year 2010, Cisco made its ethics helpline available to the general
public and published dialing instructions for more than 60 countries.
Value Chain
•     Cisco worked with the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) to map
the supply chain for conflict minerals and develop a reliable and transparent
process for identifying the chain of custody for these materials.
•     Cisco completed site audits at all medium- and high-risk first-tier
electronics manufacturing supplier facilities in 2010.
•     Cisco developed a Juvenile Labor Policy in collaboration with suppliers for
launch in fiscal year 2011.

    List hyperlinks to any online news stories, press releases, or other documents that support the claims made in the section above. IMPORTANT: Begin each link with http://, and enclose each link in square brackets; for example, []:

        Other Supporting Links:      

        Additional Sources:
•     Explore the interactive map for a view of Cisco's CSR initiatives around the world

        •     Download CSR Report Highlights

        •     Review the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) G3 indicators, found in Cisco's
2010 CSR Report, 2010 Annual Report, and company website.   


    Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about the leader of this nominated company:

        John T. Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company
from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he
assumed the role of CEO, to its current run rate of $40 billion. In 2006,
Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role. Prior to
joining Cisco, he spent eight years at Wang Laboratories (1982-1990) and six
years with IBM (1976-1982). He holds a BS/BA degree in business and a law degree
from West Virginia University and an MBA in finance and management from Indiana