At HSBC, how we do business is as important as what we do. For us, sustainability means building our business for the long term by balancing social, environmental and economic considerations in the decisions we make.

Sustainability underpins our strategic priorities. It enables us to fulfil our purpose as an international bank, help businesses thrive and contribute to the health and growth of communities.

Our work focuses on three main areas:

  • Finance
    We anticipate and manage potential social or environmental risks that may arise through our lending and investment activities. We support our customers in making the shift to a lower-carbon economy by financing activities such as renewables and efficient transport.
  • Communities
    We work with leading charities to support community projects, with a focus on education and the environment. We aim to help young people reach their potential through access to education and entrepreneurship. Our HSBC Water Programme focuses on water education, provision and protection.
  • Operations
    We have committed to cut our annual carbon emissions from 3.5 tonnes per employee in 2011 to 2.5 tonnes by 2020.

You can read further information about sustainability at HSBC , including details of our performance and activities in 2014, on our corporate website. Please note this is English language only.

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