3 February 2017

HSBC’s commitment to an open, nurturing working environment

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of HSBC USA can come to work knowing that the bank offers one of the nation’s best places to work for LGBT equality.

The Human Rights Campaign gave HSBC USA a perfect score in its 2017 Corporate Equality Index.

“This is a testament to all my HSBC colleagues who lead by example and create a culture of inclusion,” said Ray Johnson, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability. “It’s a gift and a unique responsibility: to be called on to do the right thing on behalf of HSBC customers and communities, and to be able to do that while sharing I am an openly gay employee.”

HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (114-page PDF 10MB) was launched in 2002 to assess LGBT-inclusive policies and practices at Fortune 500 companies. The index rates organizations in five categories: non-discrimination policies; employment benefits; demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion; public commitment to LGBT equality; and responsible citizenship.

At HSBC we are committed to fostering an open and nurturing environment where colleagues can bring their whole self to work each and every day.

We value the unique contributions that each employee brings to our business, and diversity and inclusion are core components of the HSBC brand. Our focus on diversity and inclusion is in keeping with HSBC values: dependable and do the right thing; open to different ideas and cultures; and connected to customers, communities, regulators and each other.

Ten Employee Resources Groups (ERGs) play a central part in the work-lives of many HSBC employees, through their emphasis on developing our employees and strengthening their connections to our communities and customers.

Our ERGs are run by employee volunteers, with support and guidance from a dedicated senior leader. Focusing on specific areas such as age, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation, they are open to all employees.