information and communications technology

Building Effective Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategies


A growing number of companies understand that advancing women is essential to business innovation, productivity, risk management, and market growth. This report, written by BSR in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and sponsored by the Oak Foundation, draws on insights gathered from interviews with 10 multinational companies actively engaged in advancing women’s economic empowerment, as well as a comprehensive review of the latest literature and leading company practices and programs.

Cisco Joins Facebook, NetHope, and Others to Expand ICT Support for Ebola Fight in West Africa

by Alexis Raymond

NetHope, a consortium of 42 leading international humanitarian organizations and one of Cisco’snonprofit Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partners, recently announced a partnership with Facebook, the Paul G.

BSR Report 2013-2014 Case Study | Global Network Initiative: Protecting Human Rights in the Digital Age


Since its formation in 2008, the Global Network Initiative has created standards on freedom of expression and privacy that have been implemented by the major internet and telecommunications companies, which reach a total of more than 2 billion users. In a case study, we outline our work to help build this initiative. 


The Challenge

Cisco’s Palestine Investment Commitment Featured in Forbes Magazine


By Alexis Raymond

The August 12 issue of Forbes magazine features Cisco’s investment to fuel job creation and economic development in the Palestinian information and communications technology (ICT) industry.

“We do this because we want to change the world. And we don’t do it on a small scale. It’s nice to help a village, but the key is how do you help a country?” Cisco CEO John Chambers says in Forbes.

CGI: Supporting Skills, Content and Context in Local Communities

by Akhtar Badshah

A major focus of our global programs is about providing individuals around the world with access to information and communications technology (ICT) – what some still call digital inclusion or “closing the digital divide.” We aren’t a hardware infrastructure provider, so achieving the goal of increasing access requires deep partnerships. It goes beyond the nuts and bolts (or wires and airwaves) to skills, content and context.

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