We engage in the practices we ask our suppliers to follow; in doing so, we improve our supply chain management and ensure business continuity.
For example, Cisco requires its suppliers to follow in its footsteps by:
Cisco has also integrated sustainability into preferred suppliers' regular performance reviews, compelling them to monitor and report on their environmental and labor impacts and creating transparency throughout the supply chain.
Specifically, we have added sustainability metrics into the supplier scorecards that are used to incentivize suppliers across a variety of relevant business topics such as cost, quality, and technology. Preferred suppliers must achieve a minimum score to retain eligibility for increased business with Cisco.
As part of the scorecard process, suppliers report on criteria such as reporting to CDP; publishing an annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) report; providing data and improvement goals related to greenhouse gas emissions, water, and waste; and meeting or exceeding expectations for key labor metrics such as working hours and injury and illness rates.
These overarching principles apply to Cisco and our global suppliers: