Sustainability underpins our strategic priorities. It enables us to fulfil our purpose as an international bank, help businesses thrive and contribute to the health and growth of communities.
Our work focuses on three main areas:
We anticipate and manage potential social or environmental risks that may arise through our lending and investment activities. We support our customers in making the shift to a lower-carbon economy by financing activities such as renewables and efficient transport.
We work with leading charities to support community projects, with a focus on education and the environment. We aim to help young people reach their potential through access to education and entrepreneurship. Our HSBC Water Programme focuses on water education, provision and protection.
We have committed to cut our annual carbon emissions from 3.5 tonnes per employee in 2011 to 2.5 tonnes by 2020.
You can read further information about sustainability at HSBC , including details of our performance and activities in 2014, on our corporate website. Please note this is English language only.