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How Cisco is Turning IT Up by Advancing the Use of Technology for Good

Through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives we invest in and partner with global problem solvers who are developing technology solutions that can create more equitable access to basic human needs, quality education, and economic opportunity – all of which people need to thrive. We are tech optimists who advance the use of technology for good.

During Cisco Live 2021, you’ll have a few opportunities to learn more about our global impact.


In 2016 we made a promise at Cisco Live that we would impact 1 billion people by 2025.

We’re excited to show you that we are well on our way to meeting this goal, and have impacted 527 million people so far.

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Replate Uses Technology to Maximize Food Rescue

Replate is a nonprofit with a mission to reduce food waste and food insecurity through its food recovery system. Replate’s technology platform makes it easy for companies to schedule on-demand pickups for their surplus food. Their food rescuers bring donated food to people of all ages and backgrounds who are experiencing food insecurity. The situation with the pandemic pushed Replate even harder to pursue a better matching algorithm. Replate’s CEO and founder, Maen Mahfoud, shared, “We are grateful to Cisco for their support because they believe in the system we are creating. They are helping us build a product that will make us ready for the next crisis and help us distribute food in the most efficient way possible.”


Skills to Careers: Laboratoria

In Latin America, nearly 23 million women cannot afford quality education or are not employed in formal jobs. Cisco is helping Laboratoria empower women to become the leading source of technology talent from Latin America. Through Laboratoria’s 6-month immersive boot camp, coaching, and job placement support, students gain the skills needed to work as developers or UX designers, locally or for global industry leaders. In the last four years, Laboratoria graduated more than 1000 women and 80 percent of them have been placed in over 400 companies across Peru, Mexico, Chile, and Brazil. Laboratoria continues to scale and develop new communities of tenacious women who are transforming their lives and changing the world.


Making Solar Energy Accessible

In rural India, 70 percent of people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Oorja finances, installs, and operates pay-as-you-go community solar pumps. Farmers access year-round affordable irrigation as a service — known as Oonnati — and there is no upfront cost to them. CTO and co-founder Clementine Chambon shared, “Replacing diesel engines, using energy as a catalyst for economic development and creation of jobs, and combating climate change — these are the three core elements of our mission.” The team is now developing an IoT-based solution to remotely monitor solar assets and manage payments and data. Oorja was the Grand Prize Winner in the 2019 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, which recognizes entrepreneurs like Clementine who are using technology to address a social or environmental problem.


From Networking Academy to the World Food Programme

When the U.N. World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, it was a well-deserved honor for a global team spanning 88 of the most underserved nations on the planet. As part of the networking team, Ernest Wambari is working to streamline and modernize an operation that helped 100 million people last year cope with food insecurities. Ernest recently shared, “I am using my skills to help make the world a better place, to feed more people, and create an opportunity for others to thrive.” A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Ernest built the foundation for those skills in Cisco Networking Academy, which is an education program that empowers students in 180 countries with career possibilities in IT, security, and networking.  


As the world faces disasters, Cisco Tactical Operations (TacOps) uses advanced technologies to address and meet communications needs.

In 2020, Cisco Crisis Response was formed to help communities worldwide prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises through technology solutions, expertise, and grants.

Cisco Crisis Response combines TacOps’ network engineering and emergency response expertise with cash grants and equipment donations to support humanitarian and disaster response efforts globally.

TacOps runs the Network Emergency Response Vehicle (NERV) – a custom mobile command center that provides connectivity when it’s needed most.

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