Corporate Social Responsibility

2009 CSR Awards and Recognition

Wide recognition for Cisco corporate citizenship and leadership


Cisco is pleased to announce our 2009 CSR awards and recognitions for CSR programs and practices on environmental sustainability, governance and ethics, workplace opportunities, social investment programs, supply chain leadership, and corporate citizenship.

Environmental Sustainability

  • Top “Benchmark of Excellence” program, continental “Covenant of Mayors” energy efficiency initiative, recognition as one of the most successful commitments to the Clinton Global Initiative, CUD program, European Commission
  • Low Carbon Contribution Company, during first Low Carbon China Forum, by Science and Technology Daily, China Industrial Economy News, Academy of Public Policy, Renmin University of China, and ditan360.com
  • 50 Best Inventions of 2009 (#17), for Cisco's Planetary Skin initiative, TIME Magazine
  • Green Ranking 2009 (#6 in its industry, #12 overall), Newsweek
  • Best of Interop Green Category award, for Cisco’s EnergyWise product
  • Cause + Action 2009 Award, for Cisco’s One Million Acts of Green campaign, Strategy Magazine
  • Green Power Purchasers (#7), EPA List
  • Cisco (#6), Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index
  • Green to Gold Award, Beard Institute
  • 2009 Waste Reduction Award (WRAP), for recycling 83% of the waste stream, Cisco San Jose Campus, California Integrated Waste Management Board

Governance and Ethics

  • Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere Magazine
  • Global Rating of 10.0 (highest rating), for corporate governance, Governance Metrics International's (GMI)
  • Ethics Inside, Certification
  • Best Overall Corporate Governance, Compliance and Ethics Program award, Corporate Secretary Magazine
  • Pioneer Business Leader Award, for John Chambers, for his "deep commitment to education and philanthropy.", Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)
  • Top CEO in the Telecommunications / Data Networking & Wireline Equipment sector
  • Gold Class Company, 2009 SAM (Sustainable Asset Management)
  • Most Shareholder-friendly Company in the Telecommunications/Data Networking & Wireline Equipment sector

Our People: Workforce Development

  • 100 Best Places to Work (#6), Fortune
  • World's Most Admired Companies (#1 for networking communications, #31 overall), Fortune
  • World's Most Respected Companies (#10), Barron's
  • 2009 Diversity Officer Leadership Award (DOLA), for Marilyn Nagel, Cisco Chief Diversity Officer, Diversity Best Practices
  • Top 50 list, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Most Noteworthy list (#4), Top Companies for People wth Disabilities (#3), LGBT Leadership (#9), Global Diversity (#4), DiversityInc
  • Top 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, Working Mother Magazine
  • CEO Diversity Leadership Award, for John Chambers, Diversity Best Practices
  • Best of the Best, Excellence in Diversity, Top Supplier Diversity Program, by Black EOE Journal, Hispanic Network Magazine, and Professional Woman’s Magazine
  • 100% Score on Corporate Equality Index (CEI) (fifth consecutive year), The Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
  • Most Admired Company for Minority Professionals (#11), The Career Communications Group
  • Top 50 Companies "Where Women Want To Work" (third consecutive year), Cisco UK & Ireland
  • Top 100 Companies for Working Mothers, Working Mother magazine
  • Top 50 Organizations for Diversity (Div50) ( #6)
  • Top 5 Most Gay Friendly Corporations in the World, International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC)
  • Best Employer in Turkey (#5), Hewitt Survey
  • Best 50 employers in Ireland
  • Top 25 Best Employers in Asia, Hewitt Survey
  • Best Employers in India (#4)
  • Top 20 Best Companies for Multicultural Women, Top 5 Best in Class, Working Mother Magazine
  • 50 Best Large Workplaces in Europe (for Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, and Spain) (#3), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Austria (#1), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Belgium (#3), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Denmark ( #6), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Finland (#2), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in France (#12), Silver Award, Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Germany (#2), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Ireland, Top 50, Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Netherlands (#6), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Norway (#5), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Portugal (#2), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Spain (#1), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Sweden (#8), Great Place to Work Institute
  • Best Workplaces in Switzerland (#2), Great Place to Work Institute

Supply Chain Standards

  • Advocate of the Year, for Nancy-Jo Nunez, Business Operations Manager, Industry Council for Small Business Development
  • Corporation of the Year, Industry Council for Small Business Development
  • Top 25 Supply Chains for 2009 (#5), AMR Research

Social Investment

  • 60 Most Caring Companies, for poverty alleviation, China Foundation
  • Excellent Corporate Citizenship Award, China Committee of Corporate Citizenship, China Central Television and Tencent Public Welfare and Charity Foundation.
  • Community Partner 2009 Award, for disaster response work for the April 9,2009 Bay Area fiber optic outage, and ongoing support of the Santa Clara County emergency management community, Santa Clara County Emergency Managers' Association (SCCEMA)
  • Recognition for relief and reconstruction efforts after the Sichuan earthquake, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM)
  • Best Partnership Award, for 08/09 School Year, Cisco China, Junior Achievement China
  • Top 10 Most Philanthropic Companies in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times

General CSR Awards

  • 100 Best Corporate Citizens ( #6), CRO Magazine