Corporate Social Responsibility

Focus Area: Governance and Ethics

Multiplying impact with honesty, integrity, and transparency

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 Best Practices

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.

Values-based Ethics

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.

Collaboration with Stakeholders

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.

CSR Awards

  • Recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 7 consecutive years
  • Identified by the FTSE4Good Index as an environmentally and socially responsible company on Global, Global 100, U.S., and U.S. 100 Indexes
  • Member of the World and North American Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
  • Ranked 11 on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

2014 CSR Report: Governance and Ethics

Read the Governance and Ethics section in the 2014 Cisco CSR Report (PDF).

Ethical Conduct Reinforced Through Training Ethics Video 1 >
Cisco's Culture Fosters Ethical Behavior Ethics Video 2 >