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We have reached more than 70 percent of the goal we set in 2015 to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025.*
Cisco invests in individuals and communities.
A total of 716 millionⒶ people were positively impacted through our social impact grants and signature programs between FY16–FY21.*
Cisco and the Cisco Foundation's social impact grants to nonprofit organizations support early-phase, technology-based solutions that serve underrepresented and vulnerable populations.
Cisco's social impact grants are made in three focus areas and are key to meeting our goal to positively impact 1B people.
We support programs and solutions focused on disaster relief, food insecurity, housing, and clean water.
Building digital skills, expanding access to quality education, and promoting STEM.
Investing in technology solutions that help underserved people gain financial independence.
What we measure depends on what problems we are trying to solve. Here are some examples of the positive impacts within our social investment focus areas:
“No one person, business, or community can shape the future alone. It is those connections, the collaboration, and a commitment to inclusive innovation that will lead us into this new era.”Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Cisco
Plentiful offers an online reservation system to access local food pantries.
MIND Research Institute's program, ST Math, helps students learn through gamification. Discover how Cisco helps MIND Research Institute make math education come alive for over 1.34 million students every year.
Opportunity International creates digital pathways for women's economic empowerment.
Networking Academy provides IT education to 3 million people a year. A total of 95 percent of students completing CCNA curriculum or higher say the program helped them obtain a job or educational opportunity.
We engaged global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLC, to conduct an independent limited assurance of our progress to date against our goal to positively impact 1B people by 2025 through our social impact grants and signature programs. Below are the parameters that were used to calculate our progress between FY16–FY21. The Ⓐ symbol indicates that a number has been assured by PwC.
*Some of our social impact grantees also receive funding from other organizations. Please see the details on the criteria for the number of people positively impacted between FY16–FY21 and the independent limited assurance report. To access the assurance report, download the PDF and open in Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to click-to-accept terms to access the full document.
Cisco is putting people, technology, and resources toward Powering an Inclusive Future for All, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Visit our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Reporting Hub.