Community

Supporting our communities

Our approach to community investment is based around three pillars: educating young people to make the most of the opportunities available to them, getting involved in our local communities to support those most in need, and enabling the net zero carbon economy of the future through sustainable finance.

We have a number of programmes to help our customers and employees donate to charity. Our nominated charities for 2020/21 are: Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Dogs Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind and Shelter.

2020 Community Update

In 2020, HSBC UK raised more than £8.7 million for 1,200 UK charities, and 2,712 employees volunteered as part of HSBC UK programmes or with charities of their choice.

Check out our 2020 Community Update.

COVID-19

We are committed to doing our part to help support vulnerable people across the UK impacted by coronavirus. As well as supporting a range of grassroots efforts and activities across the UK, we have donated £1 million to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal and British Red Cross and raised more than £1.4 million for The Big Night In Appeal.

For more information about how we are supporting and helping keep our customers, employees and wider communities safe, please visit our response to Covid-19 page.

Helping young people build future skills

We are passionate about giving young people from all walks of life the chance to thrive in the modern world, concentrating on two key areas: employability and financial education.

For information on how HSBC UK’s Financial Wellbeing Education team can support schools and universities in the UK please get in touch at financialwellbeing@hsbc.com

Our future skills charitable partnerships with organisations like the Prince’s Trust and Young Enterprise give young people the skills and confidence to help them forge their own paths.

Spotlight: The Prince’s Trust

We work in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to provide young people with opportunities to develop their skills, realise their potential and make a meaningful contribution to society. Together we have helped over 50,000 young people to re-engage with education, learn new skills and secure employment since 2012.

The Future Skills ‘Get Into’ Programme helps young people access the necessary training and work experiences to gain employment, with 74 per cent of participants able to find employment after completing the programme, and the HSBC UK Traineeship Programme offers job opportunities with the bank to young people who may not have previously considered it possible to work in financial services.

We’re also proud to sponsor The Prince’s Trust Breakthrough Award, recognising the progress of young people in overcoming barriers and developing new skills.

Spotlight: Young Enterprise

HSBC UK has supported Young Enterprise’s work to help young people successfully earn and manage money for over 36 years.

The Company Programme aims to empower young people across the UK to set up and run their own student company by creating a product or service of their own. In 2019, 12,000 young people participated, and it is expected the programme will grow to include 120 schools in the most underprivileged areas across the UK by 2021.

The Young Money Centre of Excellence in Financial Education programme aims to embed financial education within the curriculum to build the life skills of the pupils and the local community. In 2019, 13 new schools joined with support from HSBC UK.

All schools can benefit from the free primary age workshops by downloading the free key stage 1 and key stage 2 resources.

Sustainability

HSBC UK plays a key part in supporting the transition to a net zero carbon economy, building the sustainable finance solutions that will help power the transition as well as innovating across our own operations.

Our sustainable finance offering helps businesses meet their environmental goals with a suite of green products and we also support our personal banking customers with sustainable investing insights and services.

In 2012 we set 10 targets to reduce the environmental impacts of our operations by 2020. Targets include reducing carbon emissions, energy, water and paper and to increase recycling and source all of our electricity from renewable sources.

After reaching three of our targets ahead of schedule, in 2017 we made them more ambitious. To date we have sourced approximately 70 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources, enabling the construction of one solar and two wind farms. Since 2012, we have reduced our CO2 emissions across our UK operations from 4.5 to 1.08 tonnes per employee.

Read HSBC’s global announcement outlining its ambition to support a net zero carbon future (October 2020)

Learn more about HSBC’s global approach to sustainability