Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Program: Global Service Month

Think global. Act local.

Think global. Act local. September is Global Service Month.

Cisco believes in giving back to the community throughout the entire year, and we look to September as a timeframe to elevate these opportunities, and empower employees to pursue their passions. Last year kicked off our inaugural global service program. In 2016, we ran a week of global giving back.

Due to the success of the program and our passionate employees, we have now decided to extend this giving program to be a month long. To view last year’s exciting results, see the infographic to the right on this page. Cisco employees are empowered to make an impact in their communities by volunteering their time and talent with the NGOs they care about most.

Spotlight Partner: Missing Maps

Cisco currently has 3,600 non-profit partners in 48 countries around the world. One of our key projects for Global Service Month is Missing Maps.

Missing Maps is a collaboration between the British Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, and the American Red Cross with a mission to map out the most vulnerable places in the developing world.

Through this unique opportunity, an open, collaborative site enables people around the world to digitally collaborate and help identify roads, structures and other key features on maps for use by first responders and aid agencies. Many of the places where disasters occur are literally “missing” from any map, and the project enables first responders better access to relief efforts around the world.

The Cisco Foundation provided early stage support for the development of the Missing Maps platform in 2015 and the American Red Cross has been a longtime strategic partner of Cisco’s with over $21 million in donations to local, national and International Red Cross programs.

Did you know? Every dollar invested in disaster preparedness saves $7 in disaster response – and mapping unmapped and vulnerable areas is a critical step to increasing the preparedness of relief agencies and communities to respond quickly and effectively in times of crisis.

Check out Cisco’s Missing Maps project to learn more.

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Global Service Month is just one of the ways that Cisco empowers its employees to give back to their communities and make a difference in the world. Here are a few other giving back benefits that employees have access to:

  • Time2Give – an offering that encourages employee passion for community service. Cisco employees can take up to 5 days per calendar year of paid time to a cause that matters to them.
  • Matching Gifts – When an employee makes a monetary donation or requests a match for a donation made directly to an organization through Bright Funds, the organization may be eligible to receive a cash match (matching gift) from the Cisco Foundation.
  • Disaster Support – For more than a decade, the Cisco Foundation has been an integral part of responding to communities’ needs in times of disaster. Cisco focuses on immediate relief, including employee engagement via matching gift campagign, cash and/or product grants to responding non-profit partners and coordination with the Tactical Operations team and trained employee volunteers.

To learn more about employee volunteerism and giving,click here.

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