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Cisco takes the lead in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – wins CSR Award

I love the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility CSR.  In the bottom line, CSR is the deliberate inclusion of public interest into corporate decision-making, and the honoring of : People, Planet and Profit

“The practice of CSR is subject to much debate and criticism. Proponents argue that there is a strong business case for CSR, in that corporations benefit in multiple ways by operating with a perspective broader and longer than their own immediate, short-term profits. Critics argue that CSR distracts from the fundamental economic role of businesses; others argue that it is nothing more than superficial window-dressing; others yet argue that it is an attempt to pre-empt the role of governments as a watchdog over powerful multinational corporations. Corporate Social Responsibility has been redefined throughout the years. However, it essentially is titled to aid to an organization’s mission as well as a guide to what the company stands for and will uphold to its consumers” – Wikipedia

In addition to CSR, Cisco supports a number of Projects in Emerging Countries. In the Blog post Getting Kenya Connected you can read of a cybercafé in Kangundo, a small town of 10,000 in Kenya, a non commercial,  public-private collaboration between the Kenya ICT Board and Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) launched the Pasha centres.   The center is designed to model a community-focused format that will be self-sufficient by using technology in the form of a Web 2.0 collaborative online platform.

Cisco have been honored with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award from CCTV (a leading business channel in China)in Davos, Switzerland at their World Economic Forum “China Night.” 

It would be interesting with a comparison between the large IT companies, how well does IBM and Microsoft handle CSR?
Can any manufacturing company guarantee that they´re not using child labor? I want to know that my webcam haven´t been assembled by children.

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