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About HSBC

Strategic Report 2013

Strategic Report 2013

Read about our strategy, financial performance and values in HSBC's summary Annual Report and Accounts.


Founded in 1865 to finance trade between Asia and the West, today HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations serving some 52 million customers. Our aim is to be acknowledged as the world’s leading international bank.

Stuart Gulliver, HSBC Chief Executive

HSBC is well-positioned in the faster-growing markets and across international trade flows to benefit from these engines of global growth

Stuart Gulliver,

HSBC Group Chief Executive


Find out about our Board of Directors and senior management team.

Structure and network

Headquartered in London, HSBC operates through long-established businesses and an international network of more than 6,200 offices in 74 countries and territories.

Structure and network

Company history

Company history

HSBC has a history rich in variety and achievement. Discover the major events in our past.


Read more about our advertising campaigns and sponsorship programmes.

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in Citizenship

HSBC is helping to monitor the effects of climate change by measuring and collecting data in forests across the globe.

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