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.
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.
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.
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.