The Importance of Ethics in Global Business

by Roxane Marenberg
Dec 27, 2013 11:00 AM ET

For the sixth time in as many years, the Ethisphere Institute honored Cisco by naming us to its list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and we continue to be proud of our long-standing commitment to ethics and integrity. At Cisco, we hold ourselves to a very high standard of business and professional conduct. Our company was founded on a platform of open communication, empowerment, integrity and respect. These values remain at the forefront of the way we do business each day. As a result, our customers, partners, and stakeholders around the world continue to trust our products and services.

At Cisco, our approach to business ethics begins with the belief that compliance is everyone’s job and does not reside in any one department or with any one person. We invest heavily in proactive communication, education and systems to help ensure that our 75,000+ employees and 40,000 business partners, operating across 150 countries, understand our ethical standards and their responsibility to live up to them, including proactive training of all employees on issues that can affect them.

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