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CSR Environmental Sustainability

Taking care of the planet

At Cisco, we believe environmental sustainability is critical for economies and for all global citizens. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biodiversity and natural resources, and designing our products to minimize waste. These important actions are factored into every aspect of our business.

Global problem-solving for the planet

We look for opportunities to minimize Cisco’s impact on the environment in every corner of our business and our supply chain. And we seek ways technology reduce energy use and protect Earth’s biodiversity. Below are a few of our key accomplishments. View our infographic for more results.

45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2)

96% reduction in rhino poaching at a South Africa game reserve through partnership with Dimension Data

13,946 metric tonne of products returned to Cisco for reuse, refurbishing, or recycling last fiscal year

We are committed to protecting the planet

EnergyOps projects pay off

Energy-reduction projects at our facilities save energy, cut costs, and increase comfort.

In celebration of Earth Day, we spoke to three Cisco experts about how our teams and individuals are driving Cisco’s leadership.

    Cisco is #2 on Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies ranking, placing as the top tech company for the second straight year.

    Cisco was recently recognized by Corporate Knights and as part of CDP's A-List for excellence in sustainability.

    CSR Report 2019

    Discover how Cisco is putting our people, technology, and resources to work in service of an inclusive future, where technology gives everyone the tools to thrive.

    High standards, less carbon

    To reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions, we're aggressively increasing our use of renewable energy. In our last fiscal year, it accounted for 80 percent of our electricity use worldwide. By 2020, we plan to eliminate one million tons of greenhouse gases from our supply chain.

    Our products help our customers reduce their carbon footprints, too--from the data center to the desktop. People use our collaboration solutions to work remotely, which translates to less fuel burned on the ground and in the air. And our energy-efficient cloud solutions help businesses reduce their IT energy needs.

    Connected conservation

    Rhinos will be extinct in South Africa by 2025 if poaching is not stopped. This will harm the ecosystem and reduce economic activity. Cisco and Dimension Data partnered to track poachers at a game reserve through seismic sensors, drone cameras, thermal imaging, and biometric scanning.

    Social and environmental responsibility

    Cisco's supply chain

    We embed sustainability in our supply chain business processes to drive impactful change.

    Cisco's circular advantage

    Learn why a circular economy matters and how Cisco is working to close the loop.

    Cisco Refresh (Certified Remanufactured)

    This program demonstrates our commitment to minimizing our environmental impact and helps you do the same.

    To achieve circularity, we are aligning our circular economy objectives with our business operations.