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Since its foundation in 1865, HSBC has adapted to and helped serve the needs of a changing world. It has financed economic growth, fostered international trade and overcome events such as economic crises. We recognise that governments, corporations, the financial system and civil society are all stakeholders of climate change and sustainability challenges.

Now more than ever, there is a need to develop the skills, business innovation and low-carbon solutions needed to secure long-term prosperity for all. For HSBC, these are the key elements of sustainable growth which we can influence.

Communities Communities

We recognise our wider obligations towards communities and understand that economic growth must also be sustainable.

Sustainable finance

As one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations, HSBC aspires to be a leading global partner in the transition to a low-carbon future.

Operations Operations

We are committed to cutting our annual carbon emissions from 3.5 tonnes per employee in 2011 to 2.0 tonnes by 2020. Carbon emissions per employee in 2017 were 2.49 tonnes, thanks to the support of our employees and suppliers.

Climate change approach

Read a summary of our approach to climate change and the main initiatives we are taking.