Corporate Social Responsibility

Case Study: Promoting Supply Chain Transparency

Encouraging public disclosure throughout our extended operations

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Increased disclosure on sustainability issues helps raise standards throughout the entire information and communications technology (ICT) industry supply chain. Cisco encourages its 600+ global suppliers to embrace public disclosure and transparency in their own operations.

The Issue: Reporting on our Extended Operations

Cisco relies on a worldwide network of suppliers to manufacture, test, ship, and recycle the products we design. To consider Cisco a truly sustainable company, our customers, investors, and partners want to make sure our commitment to the environment, people, and communities is shared by our supply chain partners.

The Solution:  Strengthening Supplier Reporting

Increased transparency on sustainability issues raises standards throughout our entire industry’s supply chain. In our 2013 fiscal year, we focused on helping our suppliers improve their public disclosure by more closely tracking and reporting GHG emissions and other sustainability activities.

  • 100% of key logistics providers produced a CSR Report – nearly a 50% increase from the previous year
  • 100% of manufacturing and logistics partners reported their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project)
  • 60% increase in component suppliers reporting to CDP
  • 100% of key manufacturing partners and logistics providers provided GHG emissions related to Cisco products
  • 190+ suppliers attended webinars on CSR and CDP reporting

Impact Multiplied

Cisco is working through the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Transparency Task Force to develop a framework for maturing sustainability reporting by EICC members and suppliers. We’re also encouraging suppliers to set their own GHG emission reduction targets, which can contribute to global environmental health. Those who set reduction goals receive higher sustainability scores on their supplier scorecards, which are tied to business awards from Cisco. In just our first year of tracking this data, well over 50% of suppliers have set reduction goals.

  • 71% of key manufacturing partners have set a GHG emissions reduction target
  • 67% of logistics providers and 41% of component suppliers have set a GHG emissions reduction target
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