HSBC USA is focused on preparing youth for the future job market, empowering entrepreneurs and businesses, and helping all of us to transition to the low-carbon future economy. We achieve our goals in those areas by partnering with leading non-profit organizations and by sharing the expertise and efforts of our employee volunteers.
HSBC supports educational programs for disadvantaged children and young people. We focus on improving financial literacy and preparing students for work through schemes such as our global partnership with Junior Achievement (PDF 41KB). Our partner organizations provide internships, additional classroom support, and help young adults prepare for their first job.
HSBC is committed to finding ways to reduce its impact on the environment and make communities healthier places to live through partnerships with organizations such as the Alliance for the Great Lakes (PDF 60KB). Through the HSBC Water Programme, we support a variety of local initiatives that focus on freshwater policy development, public awareness, and scientific research to improve the sustainability of freshwater systems.
HSBC analyses and reports on its environmental performance in the United States and around the globe. We have 10 goals to help us reduce our environmental impact and we aim to cut our annual carbon emissions from 3.5 tonnes per employee in 2011 to 2.5 tonnes by 2020. Please visit the Sustainability section of our global corporate website for more information.
HSBC understands the importance of investing in businesses, but also in local communities. Through various community organizations, HSBC helps provide affordable housing, offers support to local businesses and entrepreneurs and works to make neighborhoods safer and more vibrant. In addition, HSBC connects employees directly with their communities through programs such as Operation Backpack, which is run by Volunteers of America (PDF 43KB).