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Cisco Acknowledged for World Management in LGBTQ+ Inclusion


As we attempt to construct an Inclusive Future for All, the work we do to enhance inclusion and belonging for LGBTQ+ Cisco staff is crucial. On this spirit, we’re proud to share that Cisco has been acknowledged by the 2023 Office Delight Impression Awards as an Ambassador-level achiever with a 78% ranking. Our ranking is without doubt one of the Most Improved year-over-year amongst a whole lot of corporations. Cisco was additionally the Prime Scorer by Trade Sector within the Info & Communication Trade class.

Office Delight

Based mostly within the Netherlands, Office Delight’s mission is to drive LGBTQ+ inclusion within the office internationally by elevating consciousness and offering measurement, analysis, and networking alternatives. Their World Benchmark is the go-to measurement device of LGBTQ+ insurance policies and practices for worldwide employers, giving collaborating corporations a tailor-made overview of their group’s LGBTQ+ insurance policies and practices. Among the many 120+ collaborating corporations, many are our prospects, companions, and rivals, which permits us to grasp how Cisco measures towards different corporations captivated with inclusion.

Cisco’s Achievement

Our 78% ranking was the very best rating ever given to Cisco within the 10 years our firm has participated within the World Benchmark, and we’re amongst solely 11 corporations acknowledged within the Ambassador tier. With a 26% improve in our ranking, Cisco can be one of the improved amongst corporations collaborating within the Benchmark. A few of the actions that contributed to this achievement embody: the seen assist from Cisco management, our LGBTQ+ Social Justice Fund, the launch of Pronouns in our Cisco Worker Central (CEC) Listing, Cisco’s Self-ID program, and our Gender Affirmation insurance policies.

“It has been each an effort and an honour to drive Cisco’ participation within the World Benchmark. I’m very proud to see that the current progress made for LGBTQIA+ staff at Cisco is mirrored in our excellent and record-breaking outcomes for 2023. This reveals the true energy of collaboration globally and throughout organisations; collectively we are able to actually make a distinction for our staff.”

– Anna Chekelova (she/her), Delight Netherlands & World Assessments Lead

Driving Inclusion

These achievements wouldn’t be potential with out the tireless work of the World Delight Inclusive Group, sponsors, the Workplace of Variety, Fairness and Inclusion, the Folks, Course of & Coverage group and the Advantages staff, and plenty of different Cisco leaders, groups and people who drive inclusion of LGBTQ+ staff at Cisco on daily basis. A particular due to the Netherlands chapter of the Delight Inclusive Group, who partnered with Office Delight to evaluate how we’re doing and learn how to constantly enhance as a frontrunner in LGBTQ+ inclusion.

black metal sculptures of the Workplace Pride logo lined up with purple lighting behind them“As a Folks & Communities consultant and an envoy for the Delight & Allies Group, it was my privilege to just accept this award on behalf of Cisco. In my years as an HR chief, I’ve skilled firsthand what inclusion can do to enhance engagement and efficiency. This award reveals how Cisco’s Inclusive Communities, powered by various staff and their allies, can change our firm and trade for the higher. Collectively, we energy an inclusive future for all.”

– Jack Naidoo (he/him), Folks & Communities Director – EMEA North

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