Diversity and inclusion

At HSBC in the USA, diversity and inclusion mean strength.

Whether it's creating a diverse workforce that is engaged to deliver our strategy to help customers thrive wherever they are, and connect them to opportunities near and far, big and small, diversity provides HSBC with a competitive advantage and the promise of a more sustainable future.

We value the unique contributions that each employee, customer and supplier brings to our business, making diversity and inclusion core components of the HSBC brand. HSBC's diversity and inclusion strategy also supports HSBC's values.

Recent events impacting the Black/African American community have renewed a sense of urgency to make quicker progress for improving inclusion, at HSBC in the United States and globally. HSBC Group announced specific ambitions to improve the diversity of senior leadership and increase opportunities for our Black and ethnic minority colleagues around the world. HSBC in the USA is supporting and contributing to those actions, having agreed to a set of six areas where we believe we can have a meaningful impact in the United States.  We also share gender and racial/ethnic diversity data including where we are today and how we plan to improve. We recognize that our current state is not where we want to be but sharing and tracking this information, we believe, will keep us accountable to improving. In the coming months, we will provide updates of our progress.

HSBC is committed to full compliance with U.S. laws and regulations relating to workforce diversity. We strive not just to meet but to surpass legislative requirements because we recognize the value and strength diversity brings to all aspects of the business. At HSBC, there are people from different backgrounds and experiences, bringing with them a wide range of cultures, perspectives and talents. Our differences are important – they make us who we are as individual employees and, together, who we are as a company.

Diversity aims/ambitions

Our diversity and inclusion strategy is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace where we foster continuous professional development, flexible working, opportunities for everyone to grow and progress based on merit.

By living up to our values, we will create a diverse and inclusive workplace that:

  • Helps us connect with our diverse customer base
  • Encourages openness and values different perspectives
  • Attracts, retains, develops and recognises people, based on merit

Building a diverse and inclusive organisation will help us achieve HSBC’s purpose and strategy, and support our brand promise of ‘Together we thrive’.

Employee Resource Groups

HSBC Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) support organizational diversity and inclusion efforts. These groups facilitate open discussion of workplace issues for diverse employees and foster an environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion. In addition, they assist with recruiting and promote professional development of our diverse employees through industry networking and mentoring programs.

The following ERGs are offered at HSBC:

  • Ability – Disabilities
  • AHERG – African Heritage
  • APIC – Asian Pacific Islander
  • Balance – Gender
  • CERG – Caribbean
  • HIND – Indian Network
  • HLDC – Hispanic Network
  • Nurture – Caregivers
  • Pride – LGBTQ+
  • Spark – Innovation
  • Valor – Military
  • Y-Knot – Generational

Equal employment opportunity / affirmative action

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action (AA) employer we take pride in fostering a workplace environment in which no qualified applicant or member of our team is disadvantaged because of his or her protected characteristics.

HSBC’s policies and practices do not tolerate discrimination against employees and qualified applicants on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, race, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who files a complaint of discrimination, participates in a covered proceeding or otherwise opposes discrimination under applicable laws.

We are required and committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, race, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.