Cisco Systems

San Jose, California
Technology Hardware and Equipment

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk


Cisco Systems scored a 95 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, the company increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Cisco Systems forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Cisco offers unconscious bias training as part of its "core curriculum" for managers and employees. The company is a founding member of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE) and supports the Equality Act. Cisco endorsed stricter gun control legislation and matched employee donations to ideological organizations. The company is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. Cisco opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company denounced various states’ legislative efforts to protect election integrity and security. Cisco signed an amicus brief in opposition to the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill HB2, which required people to use the bathroom of their biological sex. The company is a member of the MCCA, indicating its focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees based on race. Cisco’s CEO, Chuck Robbins, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. The company donated to the Equality Act. For these reasons, Cisco Systems receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Cisco Systems

Charles H. Robbins

Charles H. Robbins


Headquartered in San Jose, California, Cisco Systems is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Technology Hardware and Equipment industry. Charles H. Robbins and Charles H. Robbins serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $351,100 to Republican causes and $485,949 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Cisco Systems currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Shareholder Proposals

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ESG Category
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
12/6/23GovernanceEtica Sgr. SpAIssue Tax Transparency Report per GRI Tax Standardagainst25.16%
12/8/22GovernanceGreater Manchester Pension FundIssue Tax Transparency Report per GRI Tax StandardAgainst0.00%
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