At Cisco, we make social investments in areas where we believe our technology and our people can make the biggest impact--education, healthcare, economic empowerment, and critical human needs.
In many parts of the world, poverty and inequality restrict access to technology and its benefits. We partner with nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that share our vision of overcoming these barriers to make a lasting difference to people and their communities.
Cisco social investments have helped reduce hunger, increase access to education and technology, empower people living in poverty to get jobs and start their own businesses, and restore critical services for disaster victims.
Cisco supported Feeding America in developing a new online food distribution management system that could save an estimated US$1.5 million in operating costs over five years. That translates to an additional 12 million meals for hungry people.
Grameen Foundation's cutting-edge Progress Out of Poverty Index is helping microfinance institutions reach more people with better services.
In sub-Saharan Africa, Cisco and several nonprofit partners are establishing Community Knowledge Centers to connect people in once-isolated communities to the global economy.