Beyond the Hour

Thousands of HSBC employees around the world came together to support HSBC's  "Protecting Our World, Protecting Our Resources" campaign in March.

Employees were asked how they could use fewer resources in the future, and how they were supporting World Water Day (22 March) and Earth Hour (23 March). The response rang out from across the globe.

Impact in India

With a population of over a billion people, India is home to 18 per cent of the world’s population, over a quarter of who live in poverty.

Despite a growing economy, India has many challenges ahead in relation to the future availability and demand for water. It is a priority market for HSBC - nearly six per cent of India’s exports and imports pass through HSBC India’s banking channels and there are 30,000 HSBC employees in India, working in a full range of banking services and global resourcing operations.

The first drop for UAE

The first ever freshwater data was collected by citizen scientists at the HSBC Water Programme’s inaugural Citizen Science Leader (CSL) training day in the Middle East last month.

Eight HSBC employees, from UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt participated in the one-day event at a protected area known as the Wadi Wurayah, near Fujairah in the UAE.The Wadi Wurayah is the first mountain protected area in the UAE.

The man behind the panda

We speak to WWF Partnership Manager, Hugh Mehta about how HSBC works with one of the world's leading environmental NGOs, our latest environmental programme and his special relationship with a giant panda costume!

How did you arrive at WWF?

I actually studied English and history at university, and my first job was with UNICEF. Then and now, the standout NGO - corporate partnership was WWF's relationship with HSBC and it was great to join "brand panda" as the HSBC Global Partnership Manager just over three years ago.

Trans-boundary effort to safeguard Pantanal River Basin

WWF has kick-started crucial plans to create a binding pact between 20 key local municipalities across Mato Grosso State in Brazil that will help protect one of the world’s largest and diverse wetlands.