THE HSBC WATER PROGRAMME
Earthwatch, WaterAid, and WWF are partners in the HSBC Water Programme. The eight-year programme aims to provide and protect water sources, inform and educate communities in need, enabling people to prosper and driving economic development across the world.
Launched in 2012 and originally a five-year, US$100 million program, it was extended in 2017 following its success over the initial term. HSBC employees contributed to water research projects in 25 cities worldwide. Earthwatch worked with local conservation partners to address urban water management issues. 8,000 HSBC employees and their wider local communities took part in this global citizen science project, collecting robust scientific data using innovative technology. This information is being used to support, inform, and transform policymakers’ water resource management plans.
The extended program—the Sustainability Training Programme—aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Regional scientific research projects are investigating the relationship between climate change and blue-green urban spaces. From this, the program is ideally placed to support HSBC in building understanding of these issues and how these connect internally to sustainability and the bank’s priorities. Hear what participants have to say in this video.
SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME
The Sustainability Leadership Programme is a unique professional development experience for senior leaders from HSBC, designed to promote a deep understanding of sustainability as a core strategic and operational business issue and opportunity.
The Sustainability Leadership Programme has helped make one of the world’s biggest financial organizations more efficient, while reducing its impact and becoming more sustainable. To succeed, universal buy-in is needed from the top. The program was designed to tackle sustainability by engaging the organization’s most influential decision makers.
The program was collaboratively designed by Earthwatch and HSBC in 2009 for senior business leaders from HSBC bank. The senior managers who become Sustainability Leaders participate in an intensive training program where they work with Earthwatch scientists on a climate change-related research project and take part in structured sustainability learning sessions relevant to HSBC co-delivered by Earthwatch and HSBC. Facilitated sessions focus on how Sustainability Leaders can support the HSBC Sustainability Strategy, generate efficiency savings, and drive sustainability engagement within their part of the business. You can learn more here.
Earthwatch’s first formal partnership with HSBC was Investing In Nature, a five-year partnership launched in 2002, featuring WWF and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. As part of this program, HSBC sent 2,000 employees on Earthwatch field research projects around the world and helped Earthwatch train 230 scientists from the developing world on Earthwatch projects. HSBC participants undertook environmental projects in their workplace or local communities, supported by grants from HSBC.
Building on the success of the Investing In Nature partnership, in 2007 HSBC launched the HSBC Climate Partnership. Partnering with the Climate Group, Earthwatch, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and WWF, the HSBC Climate Partnership was a $100-million, five-year program to reduce the impact of climate change and accelerate the adoption of low-carbon policies. Earthwatch helped influence the way HSBC does business by engaging HSBC employees in understanding more about the risks and opportunities associated with climate change and using that knowledge to reduce their own impacts at home and at work and those of HSBC.