Cisco is committed to stockholder-friendly corporate governance. The Board has adopted clear corporate policies that promote excellence in corporate governance. We have adopted policies, guidelines, and practices that are consistent with our commitment to transparency and best-in-class practices, as well as to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the listing requirements of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, and applicable corporate governance requirements.

Key Corporate Governance Policies, Guidelines, and Practices

  • Annual elections of directors since our initial public offering
  • Majority voting for uncontested elections of directors
  • Majority of our Board is independent of Cisco and management
  • A robust Lead Independent Director role with broad authority and responsibility
  • Independent members of the Board meet regularly without the presence of management
  • Stockholders may recommend a director nominee to our Nomination and Governance Committee
  • Stockholders that meet eligibility requirements may submit director candidates for election in our proxy statement through our proxy access bylaw provision
  • Stockholders have the right to take action by written consent
  • Stockholders owning 10% of the outstanding shares of our common stock have the right to call a special meeting
  • No poison pill
  • All members of key committees of our Board – the Audit Committee, the Compensation and Management Development Committee, and the Nomination and Governance Committee – are independent
  • Charters of each of the committees of the Board clearly establish the committees’ respective roles and responsibilities
  • We have a clear Code of Business Conduct that is monitored by our ethics office and is annually affirmed by our employees
  • Our ethics office has a hotline available to all employees
  • Our Audit Committee has procedures in place for the anonymous submission of employee complaints on accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters
  • We have adopted a code of ethics that applies to our principal executive officer and all members of our finance department, including the principal financial officer and principal accounting officer
  • Our internal audit function maintains critical oversight over the key areas of our business and financial processes and controls, and reports directly to our Audit Committee
  • A compensation recoupment policy that applies to our executive officers
  • Stock ownership guidelines for our non-employee directors and executive officers

We are dedicated to ensuring that the high standards of financial accounting and reporting we have established are maintained. Our culture demands integrity and an unyielding commitment to strong internal practices and policies. We have the highest confidence in our financial reporting, underlying system of internal controls and our people, who are objective in their responsibilities and operate under the highest level of ethical standards. We thank you for the confidence you have placed in us.

Chuck Robbins
Chair and Chief Executive Officer
R. Scott Herren
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

For Committee Charters please see the Committees.