HSBC Water Programme

HSBC Water Programme

The HSBC Water Programme, specifically the FreshWater Watch project carried out in association with their NGO partner Earthwatch, provides a unique combination of world-class science with immersive employee engagement and leadership development. HSBC employees contributed to Earthwatch’s freshwater research and education to help inform and transform water management through the creation of a robust global database populated with data on freshwater quality collected by HSBC employees.

Launched in 2012, this is a five-year, $100 million program in partnership with EarthwatchWaterAid and WWF and local project partners. It aims to provide and protect water sources, inform and educate communities in need, enabling people to prosper and driving economic development across the world.

In addition to the funding given to Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, the program has allocated $35 million USD to charities managing local water projects. This funding has been committed to 62 projects in 35 countries which were nominated by HSBC employees.

The program is having a significant impact around the world:

  • 1.5 million people have access to safe water and 1.9 million have access to sanitation across six countries (WaterAid)
  • 149,000 people helped to reduce fishing or farming impacts (WWF)
  • More than 8,000 HSBC employees have been trained as Citizen Science Leaders and over 16,000 data points have been uploaded to a scientific data base (Earthwatch)

Learn more about the program at

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