At Cisco, the message is clear for everyone: any success that is not achieved ethically is no success at all. Robust, award-winning policies and programs related to governance, ethics, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) support our commitment to doing business with honesty, integrity, and transparency.
Corporate governance policies are designed to foster ethical conduct and comply with regulatory requirements and applicable laws for publicly listed companies. We implement practices that help manage risk exposure and appropriately align risk-taking to increase shareholder value. We promote responsible business practices at every level of the company and expect our partners to meet our high ethical standards as well.
Cisco’s award-winning Ethics Program engages employees with educational resources, training, and support to maintain our high standards. Our Code of Business Conduct is available in 15 languages, and all eligible employees receive training and complete annual certification on the Code. Employees are encouraged to ask questions and promptly report any issues or concerns to the ethics office.
Governance and ethics inform all of our other CSR focus areas: supply chain, our people, society, and environmental sustainability. Being transparent about our activities, through our CSR reporting, is part of our commitment to strong corporate governance. We use a formal process, supported by Cisco TelePresence videoconferencing, to get feedback from customers, CSR opinion leaders, governments, employees, investors, nonprofits, suppliers, peer companies, and academics. That feedback guides our CSR strategy, performance improvements, and reporting.
Read the Governance and Ethics section in the 2013 Cisco CSR Report (PDF).