Cisco's CSR vision is to build environmental sustainability into each business function and process. We use the power of the network to multiply the impact of our technologies across our customer base, as well as to our suppliers and business partners.
Cisco EnergyWise allows organizations to monitor and control their IT equipment energy use through the network, reducing energy consumption, GHG emissions and costs. For the average customer, Cisco estimates EnergyWise can cut energy use by 20 percent.
Cisco has received top rankings for its environmental sustainability efforts:
Cisco has also been recognized by Corporate Knights, Forbes Magazine, and Interbrand for its commitment to sustainability.
Our global presence allows us to play an important role in environmental sustainability on many levels. We:
Read more starting on page F5 of the Cisco 2012 CSR Report (PDF).
The largest section of our annual Corporate Social Responsibility report details our environmental initiatives and performance. Our reporting includes information on our environmental management system, materiality, material usage, energy and GHG emissions reduction, water use, biodiversity, land use, gaseous and liquid effluents, and waste from operations and product end-of-life.
Cisco has completed two GHG emission reduction goals:
In January 2013, Cisco announced a new set of five GHG-related reduction goals:
Cisco also has an ongoing initiative, with accompanying goals, to encourage our suppliers to report their Scope 1 and 2 emissions to Carbon Disclosure Project. The status of existing, supplier reporting goals is:
We will continue to meet these existing goals and add new categories of suppliers and CDP-reporting goals to our performance reporting.
Read more starting on pages F14 and F20 of the Cisco 2012 CSR Report (PDF).
About 90 percent of Cisco product-lifecycle GHG emissions are from the product-use phase. Therefore, we focus on designing our products, and their power supplies and ASICs, to be energy efficient.
Cisco also offers solutions to help our customers reduce their power consumption and GHG emissions.
Read more starting on page F32 of the 2012 Cisco CSR Report (PDF).
Our trade-in and take-back recycling programs provide our customers a no-cost way to safely manage their electronic waste. We repair and reuse, or recycle, essentially 100 percent of the electronics we receive from our customers.
Read more starting on page F42 of the 2012 Cisco CSR Report (PDF).
Paul Dickinson, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project, explains how Cisco TelePresence and Cisco WebEx help his environmental advocacy organization execute its mission across the globe.Watch video
Cisco EnergyWise uses networking technology to make environmental sustainability a reality and to help businesses reduce energy costs and energy consumption. Watch video
Learn about how Cisco is minimizing waste in operations and products. Watch video.