Our people in action
Our team members exemplify our "go do good" philosophy through their volunteer efforts shared on our CienaLife page.
Helping to bridge the digital divide
As we pursue the advancement of network connectivity and intelligent automation, we want to ensure that no communities or individuals are left behind. That's why we made a $10 million USD commitment over a five-year period to unlock opportunities for 100,000 underserved students worldwide. This commitment enables greater connectivity through digital access, tools, and learning.
Ciena Solutions Challenge
One of our signature Digital Inclusion program initiatives, the Ciena Solutions Challenge, engages middle and high school students to use critical thinking skills to identify solutions for global challenges in their communities that are aligned with the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative engages students in computational thinking, robotics, and technology — providing equipment to schools in underserved communities with the creation of a learning hub and resource center for teachers.
Our Ciena Cares program was created from our employee’s commitment to volunteering and it continues to inspire people to live by our “go do good” philosophy. The program offers paid time off for volunteering, cash rewards for every hour spent volunteering and matched giving up to $5,000 per person.
Our impact in 2023
35,000+ hours volunteered
$3 million raised through employee giving, volunteer rewards, and company match
We work with our Digital Inclusion grant recipients to engage students in digital learning through funded programming, as well as getting our people involved through volunteerism and mentorship.
Bharti Foundation and Ciena partner to facilitate ‘Digital Classrooms’ and ‘Advance Technology Labs’ in Satya Bharti SchoolsRead
Bharti Foundation and Ciena partner to facilitate ‘Digital Classrooms’ and ‘Advance Technology Labs’ in Satya Bharti Schools
Ciena and NASSCOM Foundation bring you a ‘Bright new world of Possibilities’ with Ciena spacesLearn more
Ciena and NASSCOM Foundation bring you a ‘Bright new world of Possibilities’ with Ciena spaces
Helping kids walk with the CHEO Foundation
Learn how our Ciena team in Ottawa donated a life-changing robot walker and continue ...Read
Closing digital gaps and empowering students in the South Pacific
Ivan Polizzi, Regional Managing Director of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific, shar...Read