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Cisco Sustainability News, Milestones, Partnerships and Net Zero Timeline

April 23, 2024 by Joe Panettieri

Welcome to page two. Here are additional Cisco sustainability updates & the associated channel partner implications.

July 2023: Sustainability Research

  • Sustainable Broadband Networks: Fully 65% of consumers in EMEA are now concerned about the carbon footprint of their broadband, with young people aged 18-24 the most concerned (73%), Cisco Systems research found. In addition, 77% said they would be willing to pay more for sustainable broadband, with around a quarter prepared to pay a price premium of more than 20%.

June 2023: Sustainability Strategy Milestones

Multiple updates including...

Liz Centoni, executive VP, Cisco Systems
  • Cisco Live 2023 Conference - Full-Stack Observability Platform: The new platform "enables a new observability ecosystem that brings data together from multiple domains including application, networking, infrastructure, security, cloud, sustainability, and business sources," the company said. The offering includes Cloud Native Application Observability to track costs and sustainability metrics. Also, an Application Resource Optimizer allows customers to manage Kubernetes workloads, and associated financial targets and sustainability goals, the company said,
  • Cisco Live 2023 Conference - Sustainable Data Center Networking: The company announced new integrations for Cisco data center networking and Nexus Dashboard, which will allow customers to "gain real-time and historical insights for power consumption of all IT equipment in their data center and estimate the energy footprint of their data center operations," the company said.
  • Technology Strategy Investor Briefing: In prepared comments, Executive VP Liz Centoni said: "Over the last year we've added this as one of the top priorities that our customers continue to talk to us about. As they've said that, hey, sustainability is a big part of how we operate and run our businesses, right. So what we build, whether it's in Jonathan's business, the software business, and security and observability absolutely is around how do we enable our customers' sustainability goals, including with Silicon One, more efficiency, higher bandwidth. But also we have our own sustainability goals of getting to net zero by 2040 as Scope 2 and Scope 3 get a lot more challenging than Scope 1."

May 2023: Sustainability Strategy Milestones

  • Partnership - Internet of Things: NTT and Cisco Systems partnered to promote IoT (Internet of Things) as a service capabilities that help customers meet their sustainability goals.

March 2023: Cisco Sustainability and Partner Go-to-Market

Katherine Hannah, Cisco Systems Sustainability
Katherine Hannah, global sustainability lead for global partner and route to market sales, Cisco
  • Key Partner Leader: Cisco veteran Katherine Hannah shifted to global sustainability lead for global partner and route to market sales, according to her LinkedIn bio.

February 2023: Sustainability Strategy Milestones

  • Webex and Sustainability: The company launched Carbon Emissions Insights in Webex Control Hub. The software, according to the company, allows partners and customers to:
    • Estimate energy usage and related carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions from Cisco collaboration devices. The calculations are based on formulas from recognized governmental authorities such as the US Environmental Protection Agency.
    • See emissions trends over time to track progress towards sustainability goals.
    • Guide IT administrators to enable features like Webex's Office Hours to reduce their energy usage.

Cisco's Overall Sustainability Strategy

Cisco's ESG reporting hub is here. And the company's corporate social responsibility report is here.

Keep checking back for more updates to this timeline.

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3 comments on “Cisco Sustainability News, Milestones, Partnerships and Net Zero Timeline”

  1. Hi Brendan: Thanks for your question. I've reached out to Cisco to see if I can find the answer for you. I will update this comment if/when I receive a reply.


  2. Hi Brendan: Cisco just replied to my inquiry. According to a spokesperson for the company: "As of last month, I can confirm we have 531 partners who have earned the ESS, certifying them for participating in Cisco’s Take Back Incentive where partners, in participating countries, are exclusively eligible for incremental discounts of up to 7% on new products, with a commitment to return customers used hardware back to Cisco."


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