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Champions of Sustainability

Who are the Champions of Sustainability?

The Champions of Sustainability are Supply Chain and Global Procurement Services employees who advance sustainable and ethical practices as part of their daily responsibilities. Our Champions protect workers' human rights and well-being, communicate responsible business practices, help ensure ethical mineral sourcing, and advance circular economy and environmental stewardship. They all demonstrate that how our products are made matters.

Our latest cohort of champions

Wendy Ng

Reverse Logistics Project Manager, San Jose, CA, USA

"I love that my job lets me help Cisco achieve a circular economy, especially since sustainability has always been part of my personal life. The circular economy is a model that benefits all parties—not only the people and our planet, but also Cisco's bottom line. Our goal is to maximize the life of our products through reuse and repair, and at the end of the products' lifecycle, dispose of them through our recycling process. We are working toward this by building up a program with tools to make it easier for customers to return their end-of-use equipment to Cisco. Cisco's customers are increasingly interested in understanding how our company combats waste. That’s why we are not just selling products to customers, we are also providing guidance on our takeback program options, and going the extra mile to design a more circular solution that meets customers wherever they are along the product consumption spectrum: financing, purchasing, consumption, or disposal."

Gordon Buckle

Global Supplier Management, Head of Specialty Technology, London, England

"Cisco has a purpose to Power an Inclusive Future of All. We believe in a world with equal access to opportunity, a world in which businesses operate with all aspects of society in mind. As we endeavour to bring these ideals to life by leveraging our standards and policies, my team and I have developed a strong cohesive partnership with the supply chain sustainability team.

Earlier this year, we had a challenge with a supplier that refused to remedy a critical issue. With the sustainability team, I worked with the supplier to ensure there was appropriate executive engagement and alignment to achieve a positive outcome. In parallel we addressed the sourcing decisions we were making with this supplier to ensure we are building a resilient and socially responsible supply chain. As a member of Cisco's supply chain organization, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our company, and our customers to ensure that our products are always created with ethical business in mind."

Debbie Hein

Supply Chain Mergers and Acquisitions Manager, San Jose, CA, USA

"I work in Cisco's supply chain mergers and acquisitions group. My team is responsible for acquisition due diligence, including assessments of unforeseen risks. One area where Cisco is innovating is incorporating environmental and social factors when vetting potential acquisitions. What is clear is that non-financial factors are playing bigger roles in corporate strategy and risk management, so we made the decision to bolster our assessment of these factors at the beginning of our diligence and discovery processes. This focus on environmental and social issues is important to our investors, customers, and even regulators. 

As a company that has strong values and leads with purpose, we have made commitments to our customers and communities that we need to stand by. By including human rights and environmental due diligence in our deal flow, we are positioning ourselves to uphold these commitments."

Jeff Riebling

Product Operations, Chief of Staff and Business Operations, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

"At Cisco, we want to be able to respond to calls for greater transparency around what goes into our products and where we source materials. Part of my job is supporting Cisco's product operations and all of the products that we build and ship. Initially, the circular economy team approached me for data to help improve our product carbon footprint calculations; our responsible minerals team wants similar information to better target our efforts related to minerals sourcing. This task is actually quite complex given the hundreds of thousands of part numbers involved. Through a lot of analysis and investigation, we have made great progress to increase our visibility into the materials that go into our products. I'm excited for what the future holds."