HSBC employees have prepared meals for underprivileged children, sent food parcels to families, organised charity football matches and collected donations for local community organisations as part of their observation of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.
Fasting during daylight hours is an important part of Ramadan, but many people also see the month as a time to take care of others.
In 2014, HSBC donated USD113.9 million to charities and non-profit organisations running community projects
HSBC colleagues in many countries have worked with local charitable and community groups to help people in need.
In Bangladesh, HSBC employees helped to provide meals for more than 1,600 underprivileged children in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, working with the charity SOS Children’s villages and local organisations CAMPE and Prothom Alo Trust.
Employees in Oman helped deliver food parcels containing essentials such as rice and powdered milk to families across the country. In Kuwait, HSBC employees helped to pack more than 1,000 food boxes for labourers. Staff in offices in the UAE, Algeria and Lebanon also prepared food parcels. In Lebanon, staff also helped to organise a special “iftar” – the meal after sunset when people break their daily fast – for underprivileged children.
Ramadan decorations in Doha
Other employees have raised funds for good causes. In Bahrain, HSBC helped to organise and fund a charity football match featuring players from the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation.
Colleagues in Malaysia invited all employees to take part in a special one-day fast and make a small personal contribution to charity. HSBC in Malaysia added its own contribution and the proceeds went to two local children’s charities. A special iftar meal was served to all participating employees and children from the charities.
Customers in some countries have also had the chance to contribute. HSBC branches in Qatar set up donation boxes where customers and staff could give food and clothing.
The projects undertaken during Ramadan are in line with HSBC’s global commitment to make a contribution to local communities. In 2014, HSBC donated USD113.9 million to charities and non-profit organisations running community projects. Employees spent 303,922 hours volunteering during working hours.