Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has become one of the most politically controversial debates in the country. At a meeting with staff, Robbins called for new gun laws, including additional background checks in response to last month’s shooting. Wolde, Texas.
Cisco, which sells networking equipment to companies and organizations around the world, held an internal live broadcast on June 2. At the meeting, Robbins discussed the massacre at Rob Elementary School, in which 21 people were killed, 19 of the third- and fourth-graders.
Robbins expressed his condolences to the victims and urged action by political leaders to protect children and schools. An employee who tuned in to the Livestream recalled Robbins, saying he hoped Congress would act with the same fury as Russia did when it invaded Ukraine.
Wednesday home Passed A gun bill raising the minimum age for buying an assault rifle in the United States from 18 to 21. However, the bill is unlikely to make much headway in the Senate when it comes to party affiliation. Gun law. Republicans who are united in their fierce opposition to such changes may block a bill with less than 60 votes.
Although technology executives have spoken out on issues such as immigration and ethnic justice in recent years, they have been very reluctant to engage in the most controversial issues, often to avoid upsetting employees and clients. Robbins’ commentary is significant because Cisco has employees and customers on the map – politically and geographically – and a culture is generally viewed more conservatively than its younger Silicon Valley counterparts. The company will have 79,500 full-time employees by mid-2021.
Robbins’ statements led to a heated discussion in an internal chat group, with employees beginning to argue their positions on the issue. Eventually, an administrator in the human resources department intervened and tried to keep the discussion apolitical, those familiar with the matter.
Some employees were angry with Robbins, accusing him and the company of trying to usurp their Second Amendment rights, and asking people not to release the name because they did not have the authority to speak publicly on the issue. Another group of staff jumped in to protect Robbins and said his statements were being misunderstood.
Following his appearance on “Mad Hour” with Jim Kramer, Robbins confirmed elements of the debate with CNBC on Wednesday. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture and that his confession had been obtained through torture.
Robbins said he knew bringing up the topic of guns was “dangerous,” but told CNBC he had something to say about “children being murdered in schools.” He said he had a grandson who was ready to join first grade, so the problem for him was getting closer to home.
This is not the first time Robbins has expressed his views in the wake of the Wolde massacre. Shortly after the shooting in late May, Cisco’s Chief Public Officer Francine Katsoudas tweeted: “We must call on Congress leaders to begin background checks and pass sensible gun control legislation to ensure a secure future for children and communities in the United States.”
Robbins shared the tweet, saying, “We need Congress to act. It is clear that our current plan is not working.”
The issue is currently being intensified in the private sector. About 200 corporate leaders have signed on as “CEOs for gun safety.” Petition The Senate urges action.
In a note to staff following the Waltz shooting, Cisco said employees could take time off work the next day if they want a little more personal time following the tragedy.
A Cisco spokesman emailed the report to CNBC:
“At Cisco, we look forward to helping our employees feel safe and supportive at work and in their communities. Like many others, we are deeply saddened by the tragedy of the past few weeks. , Continues to provide resources and opportunities. An inclusive future begins with promoting healthy dialogue, and Cisco is proud of its plans to let them know their views and support on important issues. “
Robbins is not shy when it comes to hot-button issues in recent years.
Following the assassination of George Floyd in 2020, Robbins and executives held 90 minutes. “Teaching” Instead of its usual all-in-one meeting, to discuss structural racism, implicit bias, the brutality of the police, and the “shared responsibility” of staff and the public. In 2018, Robbins sent several Emails throughout the company About the importance of accessing psychiatric treatment and the importance of finding a support network after high-level suicides.