At HSBC we know how important it is that banks play a positive role in the global economy and society. We believe that a sustainable bank must be consistently profitable, but not solely concerned with making a profit.

Success for HSBC means providing our customers with the products and services they need and want, understanding and managing the impact we have on society and the environment, and investing in the future of our employees and the communities we serve. These measures help us to carry out our work in a way that is both commercially astute and ethically sound.

Each year we publish a report explaining what we have done to incorporate sustainability into our business, focusing on our social, environmental and economic contribution. The report touches on a number of ways in which we assess the environmental and social impacts of our business, and manage those impacts. These include:

Environmental efficiency

  • We aim to reduce our annual carbon emissions per employee from 3.5 tonnes to 2.5 tonnes by 2020

Climate business

  • We're helping our customers by developing products and services that will support the transition to a low-carbon economy

Youth education

  • By investing in educational partnerships, we’re able to commit time, money and resources to promote economic growth by helping young people reach their potential

HSBC Water Programme

  • Our five-year partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF is focused on water provision, protection and education

Sustainability risk

  • We anticipate and address potential social or environmental risks that may arise through our lending and investment

Further information about sustainability at HSBC  is available on our corporate website. Please note this is English language only.

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