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Rafaela - Global Sustainability, Curitiba

I always had an interest in sustainability and HSBC has helped me to understand how we can make a difference

I joined HSBC as an intern in Marketing and spent four years as a Communication Analyst. I learned a lot about the different communication channels, big projects and engaging with colleagues in other teams. It really helped to develop my skills.

In 2008, I joined the Group Sustainability function. It is a really important part of the business as the effects of HSBC’s sustainability practices are felt throughout the world. I have always had an interest in this area, and working at a bank the size of HSBC has helped me to really understand how we can make a difference on a global scale.

I’m a Citizen Science Leader for the HSBC Water Programme, a global initiative across the Group which inspires employees and the community to think about the importance of water. I also volunteer for other sustainability initiatives. It is my job to communicate the Water Programme across our Brazil business, explaining the importance of the programme and encouraging other employees to participate. Volunteering plays a big part at HSBC. I’m proud to have been involved in Voluntários.HSBC, which is the official communication channel for information on volunteering. On the website, employees who take part in activities can share their experiences with colleagues and encourage wider participation.

I am really enjoying working at HSBC. I have welcomed the opportunity to work with different managers and their feedback has been so important to my development. I am part of an HSBC Brazil network group called the Generation Y Affinity Group. I think it is important to achieve a balance between your professional and personal life. There have been times when my family have needed me more than my colleagues and I’m really grateful for the support and respect I have received from HSBC.

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