Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Program: Global Hunger Relief Campaign

Cisco employees fight hunger with time and treasure

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This year, Cisco’s new employee giving initiative, the Be the Bridge campaign, will support more than 400 nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide through employee donations, volunteerism, and matching from the Cisco Foundation.

What: Worldwide Giving Campaign

Every day, a lack of shelter, access to clean water, and malnutrition affect millions of people around the world. Our employee giving campaign empowers our global workforce to support social issues that are important to them or their communities:

  • Roughly 805 million people go undernourished on a daily basis, consuming less than the recommended 2,100 calories a day
  • An Poor nutrition plays a role in at least half of the estimated 7.6 million children who die worldwide each year
  • 780 million people on Earth lack access to clean water, and 3.4 million die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes
  • An estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide and as many as 1 billion people lack adequate housing

Impact Multiplied

Donations of US$50 or more made through the Be the Bridge campaign are matched—multiplying the impact of every gift. Volunteer events build a human network of support in our communities, and every employee volunteer hour is matched by a $10 donation from the Cisco Foundation:

  • In 2015, Cisco hopes to inspire 15,000 employees worldwide to support their cause of choice through donations and volunteerism
  • Together, we hope to raise more than US$5 million in employee donations and matching funds
  • More than 400 nonprofit organizations in 99 cities and 33 countries are eligible to participate in the campaign. All provide critical support for the Be the Bridge focus issues: shelter, access to water, hunger, nutrition, and emergency care