HSBC has chosen to invest its time and resources in the HSBC Water Programme because water is vital to building healthy communities and developing national economies. This is a long-term, international programme in partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF and local project partners. It aims to provide and protect water sources, inform and educate communities in need, enabling people to prosper and driving economic development across the world.
The Water Programme began as a five-year programme running between 2012 and 2016, backed by USD100 million of support from HSBC. By the end of 2016 the partners had exceeded their original five-year targets, having:
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Provided 1.5 million people with access to safe water and 2.2 million people with better sanitation
Helped to protect 537,239 hectares of wetland and 1,824 kilometres of river
Taught 149,000 people how to reduce the impact of farming and fishing on freshwater sources
Trained more than 8,000 HSBC employees as Citizen Scientists so that they can test the quality of freshwater in their area
Building on the achievements to date, HSBC has extended the programme for a further three years (2017 to 2019).
The Water Programme follows the success of the award-winning HSBC Climate Partnership, a five-year programme to reduce the impact of climate change on people, forests, freshwater and cities, and accelerate the adoption of low-carbon policies.
Nearly two million people living in some of the poorest parts of the world now have access to improved sanitation thanks to support from HSBC’s Water Programme.
The Sachetana Drinking Water Project is helping 1,000 families in southern India to build rainwater tanks so they don't have to drink from polluted wells.