Corporate Sustainability - Employee Engagement | HSBC

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Employee Engagement

HSBC is proud to celebrate our employees' involvement and connectivity to our local communities and global society.

City building at night

We apply the same standards and principles to our community investments as we do to our customer service and core businesses. This commitment extends to our employees. We believe an engaged employee is a better teammate, a strong advocate for our customers, and a steward of our values in the cities, towns and neighborhoods we serve. HSBC works with our employees to develop innovative, rewarding programs that allow them to give back to our communities in a meaningful way.

  • Nearly 5,000 employees participated in World Environment Day in 2011
  • U.S. employees completed 7,800 individual volunteer engagements and more than 45,000 employee volunteer hours
  • 46 HSBC facilities and thousands of our employees switch off the lights each year to support Earth Hour
  • 40 percent of all Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy volunteers are HSBC employees

"The new pro bono program says a lot about my team's dedication not only to volunteerism but also to each other. It's gratifying when your team members choose to spend their personal time working together to assist those in need."
Stuart Alderoty, SEVP, General Counsel, HSBC - North America, Speaking about HSBC's new Legal Pro Bono Program.


Case Studies


Legal Pro Bono Program

One day a month, a group of our attorneys put aside their usual corporate legal duties to serve families in need. They are part of our innovative Legal Pro-Bono program with the New York City Family Court Volunteer Attorney Office designed to aid families in need of advice and guidance with respect to the complex legal issues they face in the Family Court.

View the full Legal Pro Bono Program case study

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo

In the six years we have been supporting Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, more than 1,000 employees have helped rehabilitate and build homes throughout the Buffalo area, providing security and shelter to low income families without the means to purchase a home on their own. Most recently, 362 volunteers from our Payment Operations and Mortgage Corporation worked with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo to rehabilitate a house in the Schiller Park section of Buffalo over the course of four months, committing 36 days and 2,257 hours to the effort.

View the full Habitat for Humanity Buffalo case study

World Environment Day

The United Nations Environment Programme's World Environment Day (WED), since it began in 1972, has become one of the largest and most widely celebrated days for positive environmental action worldwide. Each June, HSBC and more than 5,000 of our employees in the US join with like-minded people from around the globe to learn about the importance of the environment, better understand what we can do to protect it and take action to preserve it. Our volunteers commit thousands of hours each year to activities in their local communities, such as the removal of invasive species from forests, park and beach clean-ups and hiking trail restoration.


Chicago River Day

Celebrating it's 20th anniversary in 2012, Friends of the Chicago River has held its largest volunteer event, Chicago River Day, where thousands of individuals, families, schools, corporate groups and community associations work across more than 60 sites along the river. As an annual sponsor of the event, HSBC and our employees are committed to ensuring that the Chicago River is a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region. Each year, dozens of our employees work hand in hand with our neighbors to clean and restore parks, trails and wildlife habitats that can be appreciated by future generations.


Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

We are a long-time supporter of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, a non-profit that promotes and preserves Olmsted-designed parks in the Greater Buffalo area. Our employees make up 40 percent of the Conservancy's volunteers, participating in nearly 1,600 hours of service annually. In August 2011, more than 160 of our employees volunteered their time at the conservancy's South Park location. That particular project has had a significant impact on the more than 10,000 residents in the immediate proximity. Regular maintenance has made the park more usable, while increasing local property values and opportunities for healthy and safe activity.


Earth Hour

On the last Saturday in March each year, HSBC and our employees join colleagues in more than 50 countries to mark Earth Hour by switching off the lights for an hour in our offices and in our homes. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) helped create the first Earth Hour in Australia in 2007, to inspire people to take action against climate change Earth Hour quickly became a global phenomenon, spreading to include millions of participants in more than 5,200 cities in 135 countries, as well as some of the world's most iconic landmarks. In addition to turning the lights off, we also use this event to be mindful of how we can personally reduce our impact on this planet, whether through our consumption, energy use or lifestyles.

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