A Bridge to an Inclusive Future
Since it was established in 1984, Cisco has remained at the forefront of technological innovation. While it has been instrumental in the progress throughout industries, it also recognises the widening gaps in society. Thus, it endeavours to create infinite possibilities for all, including the marginalised and disadvantaged. It works with partners, local communities, and government organisations to help address societal gaps and the underprivileged.
Removing Barriers in Technology
Among Cisco’s thrusts is creating an inclusive future through technology. In fact, it is now among the foremost providers of accessible technology that help those with hearing, vision, and mobility challenges.
Cisco also manages the largest CSR education program—the Cisco Networking Academy. Established in 1997, this program continues to engage students, helping them develop real-world skills and build career connections in the field of information technology. In 2019, over two million students across 180 countries participated in the program.
Fostering a Conscious Culture
CSR is at the very core of Cisco. Over the years, it has established programmes and partnered with other sectors to help empower individuals and uplift local communities.
Cisco believes that inclusivity, diversity, and social awareness starts within. So, it fosters a conscious culture within the company where trustworthiness and ethical conduct are expected from all. There are no social barriers, and diverse talent is appreciated and developed. Volunteerism and social awareness are also encouraged.
Last year, 51% of Cisco employees donated or volunteered to causes they care deeply about. Many of them regularly participate in programs that have positive impact on local communities.
Among the programs that Cisco supports are the charitable initiatives such as the annual SGX Bull Charge Charity Run.
A Partner for Change
For over a decade now, Cisco has been supporting the SGX Bull Charge Charity Run, which benefits several charitable organisations. Although the run this year was held virtually, Cisco remained true to its commitment as a Gold Bull Sponsor. It encouraged all its employees to participate in achieving the 100,000km goal. The employees were led by two of Cisco’s executives, who joined the Chief’s Challenge.
As an innovator of technology, Cisco lauded SGX for shifting the annual run into a digital platform to ensure the safety of the participants while continuing the long-honoured practice of giving back to the community.