Sustainability underpins our strategic priorities and enables us to fulfil our purpose. Our ability to identify and address environmental, social and ethical developments which present risks or opportunities for the business contributes to our financial success.

Considering sustainability when we make decisions helps us to protect our reputation, drive employee engagement and manage the risk profile of the business. Supporting the shift to a low-carbon economy can also help reduce operational costs and secure new business.

Finance Finance

We anticipate and manage potential social or environmental risks that may arise through our lending and investment activities. Find out about our sustainability risk policies and our approach to Climate Business.

Operations Operations

We are committed to cutting our annual carbon emissions from 3.5 tonnes per employee in 2011 to 2.5 tonnes by 2020. Carbon emissions per employee in 2015 were 2.97 tonnes, thanks to the support of our employees and suppliers.

Communities Communities

We work with leading charities to support projects with a focus on education, the environment and health. We aim to help young people reach their potential through access to education and entrepreneurship.

Case studies

HSBC volunteers and funds are helping people around the world

Find out about what our commitment to sustainable communities, finance and operations means in practice.

We donated USD205 million to community investment programmes around the world in 2015.