We provide financial contributions to community projects, and thousands of employees get involved by volunteering their time and sharing their skills. We believe that education, health and natural resources – such as fresh water – are essential to resilient communities.

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Supporting charities in the UK

In 2016 HSBC Bank plc and HSBC Holdings plc made more than GBP29.1 million in charitable donations to charities and our employees spent 35,300 hours volunteering with causes close to their hearts.

Below are some examples of the programmes we support:

The HSBC Water Programme

HSBC is extending the five-year HSBC Water Programme by three years until the end of 2019. The new programme will continue to work with existing charity partners (WWF, WaterAid, Earthwatch), and local project partners. This extension will be supported by USD50 million of additional funding from HSBC.

Launched in 2012, the HSBC Water Programme was originally a five year, USD100m partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid, WWF and over 50 other NGOs.

Read more about the HSBC Water Programme .

The Prince’s Trust

In 2012, HSBC launched a community programme to donate GBP5 million over five years to The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme. This aims to help 3,000 vulnerable 13 to 17 year olds who have either been excluded or are in danger of being excluded from school. It works to get them back into education, training and employment. Four years into the programme, over 6,000 young people have been helped, and hundreds of HSBC employees have helped run money management and employability workshops.

Achieve is a new Prince’s Trust programme launched in 2015 with three years of support from HSBC as part of our 150th Anniversary Community Fund. Through Achieve, The Prince’s Trust goes into schools and works directly with a group of students to provide a flexible approach to learning, to support young people who are struggling to achieve a range of skills and qualifications.

Cancer Research UK – Francis Crick Institute

HSBC is supporting the new, state-of-the-art biomedical research facility which opened in London in November 2016. HSBC is supporting the Institute over five years through Cancer Research UK (CRUK). Named after British biologist Sir Francis Crick, the new facility was founded by six of the world’s leading scientific research organisations, including CRUK. At the Institute more than 1,200 scientists will carry out research into illnesses such as cancer heart and lung disease, HIV, and malaria.

Helping customers and employees to give

As well as making charitable donations, HSBC operates a number of programmes to help our customers and employees donate to charity.

In 2006, we were the first bank to enable customers to donate to our six national charities and Disasters Emergency Committee appeals via our ATMs. Since then, more than GBP2.7 million has been donated to causes including the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, the fastest and most generous response to a crisis appeal by our customers using our ATMs.

Our six national charities are selected by our employees every two years. Our partners for 2016/17 are: Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Dogs Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind and NSPCC.

Encouraging volunteering

HSBC employees can volunteer for programmes such as Teach First, Young Enterprise and the HSBC Water Programme, as well as local grassroots projects.

We believe it is important to support employees working on our community projects and grant them a day’s paid leave each year to lend their support.

To encourage volunteering and support the causes our employees are passionate about we offer a matching programme, which matches employee’s volunteer time or funds donated through a donation to their chosen charity. We also support employees to initiate a project with a local charity through our Supporting our Community programme. In 2016, 64 projects received over GBP573,000 of funding and nearly 1,000 employees volunteered over 8,500 hours of their time.