Inclusion

We’re better when we reflect the broader world and our customers.

We value difference and were founded on the strength of different people, experiences and voices. They are integral to who we are and how we work. Diverse ideas and perspectives help us create opportunities, innovate, and grow. This makes us all stronger and enables us to help build a more equal world.

We seek out views different from our own

We listen to our employees, and take action to remove barriers to success. We create an inclusive environment where people can collaborate to put the best ideas into practice and speak up when something isn’t right.

We have eight global employee networks, bringing together tens of thousands of employees around the world with shared characteristics and common interests. Their insight and experiences help inform the commitments and actions we take as an organisation.

Our networks focus on age, disability and mental health, ethnicity, faith, gender, LGBT+, and working parents and carers. The eighth network, HSBC Communities, consists of groups which have been formed on a range of topics, including flexible working, mindfulness and Chinese culture.

Employee networks

Employee networks support our commitment to diversity and inclusion, helping make HSBC a place where people feel they can be themselves.

The power of allyship

Colleagues talk about the importance of allies in the bank’s journey to become a fully inclusive organisation.

Valuing neurodiversity

Three employees on the autistic spectrum talk about working at HSBC.

A million moments of Pride

Employees from HSBC’s LGBT+ network talk about what makes them proud.

We are committed to taking action

We take action so that HSBC has a dynamic, inclusive culture and is a place where people are valued, respected and supported. From the way we hire to how we help our people develop, we ensure everyone has access to opportunities.

We also remain alert to how different groups may be affected by events in the world around us. We are committed to supporting our people and continually improving our diverse representation.

I want us to be judged by the concrete, sustainable actions we take to be a more diverse and inclusive bank

Noel Quinn, Group Chief Executive, HSBC

We prioritise mental health, support wellbeing and recognise the importance of being able to work flexibly and balance work commitments with personal lives. We provide mental health education to all employees, helping them spot potential issues and point people towards the right support.

We recognise that some progress will take time, but this will not slow us down. We will keep seeking to understand different perspectives and experiences, and to grow and learn.

Towards a more equal world

HSBC employees shares there thoughts on how to make further progress on gender equality.

Being open about mental health

Adi shares his personal mental health story and how HSBC’s employee support and training shaped his experience.

Ethnicity conversations

Nancy explains what it’s like to be influenced by two different cultures – and how she finally feels comfortable in her own skin.

Our policy

We expect our people to treat each other with dignity and respect, creating an inclusive culture to support equal opportunities. We do not tolerate discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation on any ground, including age, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, mental or physical health conditions, disability, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or other domestic circumstances, employment status, working hours or other flexible working arrangements, or religion or belief.

Our commitment reflects the provisions of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (the UDHR) and the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (the ILO Declaration), including freedom of association.

Awards and benchmarks

  • HSBC employees are recognised in the most recent Yahoo Finance OUTstanding (LGBT+), Empower (ethnicity) and HERoes (gender) lists

  • Financial Times Diversity Leaders list 2020

  • Stonewall Top Global Employer 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020

  • Stonewall Ally Programme Award 2020

  • Bloomberg 2020 Gender Equality Index

HSBC news

We’re taking action on ESG

A new climate ambition and extra support for customers and colleagues are some of HSBC’s latest environmental, social and governance (ESG) highlights.

HSBC helps UK raise funds to fight climate change

We are advising the UK government on its first ever sovereign green bond.

Cutting carbon for companies

HSBC has led a financing deal that will pay for sectors including construction and utilities to reduce their emissions in China and beyond.