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. Building on these achievements, HSBC extended the programme for a further three years (2017 to 2019) and provided a further USD50 million of funding, bringing the total support over eight years to USD150 million.

Our performance

Read about our progress against the Water Programme goals

Download the latest HSBC Water Programme Impact Report (2-page PDF 1.09MB)

To date, the Water Programme partners have:

  • Provided access to clean water for 1.65 million people

  • Provided sanitation facilities and hygiene education programmes for 2.5 million people

  • Established 3,600 water and sanitation committees globally

  • Trained 2,785 water pump mechanics

  • Trained 8,000 HSBC employees as citizen scientists to monitor the health of local freshwater

In addition, 400 HSBC employees have helped WaterAid through volunteering or fundraising.

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.

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Measuring our impact

We publish regularly updated information on our performance in relation to environmental, social and governance issues.