In 2016, we contributed USD137 million to charities and non-profit organisations running community projects around the world. Employees gave 255,000 hours of time to volunteer during working hours.

HSBC charitable giving by region in 2016

HSBC has partnerships with some of the world’s leading charities, both large and small. A number of these relationships have been in place for more than a decade, enabling funding for long-term programmes which can result in real change. For example, our work with WWF to protect the Yangtze River basin began in 2002.

We believe that education and natural resources – such as fresh water – are essential to resilient communities. For more than 10 years, we focused our community investment activities on these two areas. In 2015, following an employee survey, we decided to add medical charities to the causes we support.

HSBC Education Programme

Our HSBC Education Programme aims to spark young ambition. We do this through supporting access to education for disadvantaged young people, funding programmes that provide life and entrepreneurship skills, and supporting young people to build language and cultural understanding.

HSBC Water Programme

The HSBC Water Programme helps to protect and provide freshwater and sanitation and raises awareness of water challenges around the world.

HSBC 150 community fund

HSBC supports local community projects in many countries, including through a USD150 million community fund launched to mark the bank’s 150th anniversary.

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