Community

At HSBC, how we do business is as important as what we do. For us, sustainability means building our business for the long term by balancing social, environmental and economic considerations in the decisions we make. This enables us to help businesses thrive and to contribute to the health and growth of communities.

HSBC USA has partnered with a number of non-profit organizations to deliver programs which focus on education, community development and the environment. Through a mix of financial giving and employee volunteering, we proudly contribute to and work well with organizations that align with our goals.

Please visit the Sustainability section of our global corporate website for more information about our programs, or learn about our local community investments below.

Education

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.

Environment

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.

Community support

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).