Cisco France Holds Second Annual “Giving Back” Day

Cisco France Holds Second Annual “Giving Back” Day

by Natacha Comar

Cisco employees gardened and improved the living space of sheep, which graze along a hard-to-manage railroad embankment, promoting biodiversity and reducing the need for pesticides.

Cisco volunteers sorted 15 tons of donated products for the “Libre-Service Social”

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The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team in France recently organized the second Cisco France #GivingBackDay and 74 volunteers participated. Under a shining sun, they spend half a day helping local non-for-profit organizations multiply their impact.

The volunteers could choose from 7 activities for social good, all within walking distance from the Cisco Paris office. Some decided to help decorate a shelter for the homeless, or to give a hand to a local organization specializing in rehabilitation through gardening.

Others gave their time to sort food and material in a charity grocery shop, helped the Connected Bees team jar its last honey harvest, or helped unemployed people prepare for job interviews. In addition, 13 employees learned live-saving techniques from the Red Cross.

The event has become a victim of its own success. Last year the CSR team proposed 4 activities with 34 volunteer spaces. This year, we doubled the number of volunteer opportunities and the event was full again. Overall, Cisco employees volunteered 225 hours in a single day!

“Thanks to the incredible energy of the volunteers we had an even bigger impact this year,” said Carol-Anne Cissé from the French CSR team. “I’m so happy to see more colleagues ready to give time to local non-for-profits and to help others. It’s great for the community but also for team building.”

The volunteers where delighted by the experience and appreciated the convenience of a group volunteer project.

“I always wanted to help the local community but never found the time or the right non-for-profits to do it,” said François Rabaey. “It’s a great idea to propose volunteering actions a few minutes away from the office!”

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