Building a sustainable future

We help serve the needs of a changing world

Since its foundation in 1865, HSBC has adapted to and helped serve the needs of a changing world. We recognise our wider commitments to the communities in which we operate and understand that economic growth must also be sustainable.

Today our sustainability approach focuses on three main areas: sustainable finance; sustainable supply chains; and employability and financial capability.

In each of these areas we have begun to take strides forward. We have set out a series of commitments to contribute to the global transition to a low-carbon economy. We have also pledged long-term support to help people access education and training so they can acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s workplace. And through our partnerships with customers, NGOs and other key stakeholders, we are encouraging responsible business in global supply chains.

HSBC also recognises its responsibility to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a globally agreed framework to help protect the planet, end poverty and ensure peace and prosperity, and consist of 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. We will continue to play our part in achieving the SDGs through our work on our three sustainability priorities, our financing and investments, and the way we do business.


HSBC Business Case Competition

The competition brings together university students and faculties from some of the best Malaysian universities to formulate and present business strategies. The contest, which helps better prepare students for the world of work, is judged by a panel that includes HSBC executives, business leaders, entrepreneurs and industry professionals in Malaysia.

All smiles, students attending the HSBC Business Case competition

The students from Malaysian universities present their business strategies at the HSBC Business Case competition

Financial Literacy Programme – Junior Achievement More Than Money

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to educating young people about financial literacy. JA More Than Money is a classroom-based HSBC global financial literacy programme that teaches primary school students about earning, spending, sharing and saving money. Students also learn about businesses they can start or jobs they can do to earn pocket money.

HSBC volunteers teaching school children about financial literacy

Junior Leaders Programme

This collaboration with Care2Run is helping to address the greatest barriers to getting 800 disconnected and challenged young people into long-term employment.

Clothes of Confidence – Money & Me

We partnered with Pintar Foundation to hold boot camps to help secondary school students gain financial skills.

Building Resources & Capacity for Environmental Awareness in Sabah

This programme is part of HSBC’s efforts to enhance the capacity and capability of Kinabalu Park’s caretakers. We collaborate with Sabah Environment Trust to increase environmental awareness in Sabah, and to contribute to the area’s long-term environmental protection. Among the specific objectives are to instil the importance among target groups of the natural environment, increase their environmental awareness, and to increase their knowledge on biodiversity, conservation and environmental protection.

Participants of the Building Resources & Capacity for Environmental Awareness in Sabah gained valuable knowledge and skills through the programme


Living Landscape Programme

We work closely with WWF-Malaysia to support a legal approach to remove deforestation, peat conversion and social exploitation from supply chains.


Globally we have committed to provide USD100 billion of sustainable financing and investments by 2025. HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad (HSBC Amanah) has launched the world’s first United Nations Sustainable Development Goals sukuk reflecting HSBC Amanah’s commitment to financing projects that benefit communities and the environment.