Global Functions

HSBC’s Global Functions play a vital role in supporting the bank’s Global Businesses and offer a broad range of career opportunities in areas from legal, risk and finance to human resources, sustainability, marketing and communications.

Our operational and functional teams around the world help HSBC’s Global Businesses to operate efficiently and effectively on a day-to-day basis. They also focus on controls and governance to reduce risk and protect the Group’s reputation.

Find out more about the work of each of our Global Functions below.

Our operational and functional teams around the world help HSBC’s Global Businesses to operate efficiently and effectively

Corporate Governance & Secretariat

This function leads, develops and manages corporate governance throughout the Group. It is responsible for:

  • Advising the boards of directors on corporate governance issues
  • Establishing and managing stock exchange listings and directing and managing shareholder meetings and equity raisings
  • Representing the Group’s interests in the development of laws and regulations

Group Communications and Brand

Group Communications and Brand designs and implements communications, brand and public affairs strategies that support HSBC’s business objectives, enhance and protect the bank‘s reputation, and build preference and trust among stakeholders.

Global Finance

Global Finance plays a vital role in ensuring that HSBC manages costs and deploys capital in the most effective way. The team provides financial insight, accuracy and control, using analytical skills to support our Global Businesses and influence and challenge business decisions.

Global Internal Audit

Global Internal Audit provides an independent, objective assessment of HSBC’s risk management, control and governance processes. This enables management and risk and audit committees to understand whether they are operating effectively.

Global Legal

Global Legal plays an important role in protecting HSBC’s reputation, helping to safeguard the organisation by providing robust and comprehensive advice on legal issues and risks. Our lawyers advise senior management and the Global Businesses and Functions. They offer a range of legal skills, jurisdictional experience and practice specialisms across all the countries and territories in which HSBC operates.

Group Risk & Compliance

Group Risk & Compliance supports HSBC globally in all aspects of risk management. It manages a varied range of risks, including security, information security, contingency, geopolitical, operational, credit, pension, insurance, compliance, regulatory, market and reputational.

Global Sustainability

At HSBC, sustainability means achieving sustained profits for our shareholders, developing long-lasting customer relationships, and managing the social and environmental impact of our business. Global Sustainability is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategies and policies across the Group. It focuses on:

  • Managing the challenges of climate change and of social and environmental risks of projects that the bank finances
  • Identifying business opportunities that have an environmental or social dimension
  • Overseeing global philanthropic programmes (which focus on education and the environment)
  • Managing HSBC’s global environmental footprint

Human Resources

Human Resources is responsible for implementing HSBC’s people strategy. It facilitates talent management, succession planning and employee mobility while defining and overseeing frameworks that support employee performance management, reward, learning and development, resourcing and engagement.

Find out about other business areas and teams

Commercial Banking

We serve businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals in more than 50 markets worldwide.

Global Banking & Markets

We provide financial services and products to corporates, governments and institutions.

Wealth and Personal Banking

Our teams help millions of individuals, families and business owners manage their personal finances.

Digital Business Services

We provide essential operational, IT and technical support to help HSBC function effectively and improve our customer service.