Community

In Hong Kong, HSBC has a long history of supporting community initiatives. In 1905, the bank made a HKD50,000 donation for the construction of the first university in Hong Kong; and in 1965, the HSBC Social Work Scholarship Scheme was started through endowment funds donated to the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Today, we continue to work with a broad range of charities and non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong. As well as responding to local challenges and priorities, we support projects that help to deliver HSBC’s global sustainability goals.

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited established The Hongkong Bank Foundation, a charitable trust, in 1981, to provide support to the community needs and the key elements for sustainable growth of Hong Kong. The Foundation supports about 150 community projects each year, helping more than 800,000 people. It has donated more than HKD1.8 billion to projects in Hong Kong and the mainland China since its inception.

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HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Programme

To commemorate its 150th anniversary, in March 2015, HSBC issued HKD150 denominated banknotes in Hong Kong for public subscription and online auction. Net proceeds from the sale, amounting to HKD477 million, have been committed to local charities in Hong Kong through the Hongkong Bank Foundation and the Community Chest of Hong Kong. Please refer to the HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Programme Brochure (24-page PDF 7MB) for the selected projects.

The Community Chest of Hong Kong

HSBC is a founding donor of the Community Chest of Hong Kong, with a long standing partnership since it was set up in 1968. Employee donations to the Chest are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Hongkong Bank Foundation.

Under the HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Programme (Allocation through The Community Chest of Hong Kong), 24 projects on youth and education, medical health and wellness, and environment were selected in phase one (2016/17 to 2017/18) with a total allocation of HKD46.6 million, benefiting 62,000 people. In phase two (2018/19 to 2019/20), more than 60,000 people will benefit from 19 projects under rehabilitation, elderly, family and child welfare, and mental health services with a total allocation of HKD47.7 million.

HSBC VOLUNTEERS SUPPORTING THE DRESS CASUAL DAY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST OF HONG KONG TO BENEFIT OVER 160 MEMBER SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES


HSBC VOLUNTEERS AT THE ANNUAL HSBC HONG KONG COMMUNITY FESTIVAL


The HSBC Hong Kong Community Partnership Programme

This programme aims to invest in district-based community investment projects across Hong Kong that bring people together and improve their quality of life. Since its launch in 2012, the programme has supported more than 1,000 projects benefiting 3,530,000 people.

HSBC Rural Sustainability @ Lai Chi Wo

In an effort to combat the rapid loss of village culture and rural environment and communities in Hong Kong and beyond, the Policy for Sustainability Lab (PSL) launched the “Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme” in 2013 with support from HSBC. It aims to revitalise the desolate, remote traditional farming landscape at Lai Chi Wo as a model for action. Activities range from agricultural rehabilitation and community revitalisation, to cultural reinvention, rural education, and biodiversity and hydrology-related research. This work was completed in September 2017 and the PSL received further support from HSBC, launching a new phase of the programme – “HSBC Rural Sustainability @ Lai Chi Wo” – in October 2017.

REVITALISED FARMLAND IN LAI CHI WO


Future skills

In line with our global goal of helping people to acquire the skills they need to prosper in the modern economy, the bank supports a number of initiatives in Hong Kong.

HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition

The HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition is HSBC’s flagship Future Skills project in Asia Pacific to help nurture university students to become future international business leaders. The competition started as a local event in Hong Kong in 2008 and has evolved to become the world’s largest business case competition for undergraduate students, covering 21 locations in Asia Pacific and beyond. More than 85,000 students from 130 universities across the world have participated in the competition to date.

PETER WONG, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED, (FOURTH FROM LEFT) WITH THE WINNING TEAM FROM YONSEI UNIVERSITY


STUDENTS AT A TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY WHICH FORMS PART OF THE COMPETITION PROGRAMME


HSBC Scholarships

HSBC has a long history in supporting tertiary students in Hong Kong through scholarships. The first scholarship on record by HSBC in Hong Kong is the HSBC Social Work Scholarship Programme through two endowment donations to The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in celebration of the bank’s centennial. Each year, HSBC commits more than HKD10 million in providing scholarships to over 200 top Hong Kong students under the following programmes:

  • The HSBC Overseas Scholarship Programme provides scholarship for local university students to spend one semester or one academic year at overseas universities
  • The HSBC Hong Kong Scholarship Programme benefits students from 12 universities/tertiary institutions
  • The Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Scheme  is a partnership with the government’s Innovation and Technology Commission and is organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, benefiting 25 students each year
  • The HSBC Social Work Scholarship Programme, offered to six local universities, aims to recognise students dedicated to social work
  • The HSBC Vocational Education Scholarship Programme, offered to 11 tertiary institutions, aims to recognise and support sub-degree students in their vocational education

HSBC/HKUST Robotics For Youths Programme (2017 to 2020)

Sponsored by HSBC and organised by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the HSBC/HKUST Robotics For Youths Programme uses robotics to benefit 5,500 school students, (including those with special education needs (SEN), disabilities, the underprivileged and ethnic minorities). The programme includes the annual Underwater Robot Competition and a mentoring team to conduct a “train-the-trainer” programme to bring robotics workshops to more school students.

STUDENTS BUILD THEIR OWN UNDERWATER ROBOT FOR THE COMPETITION


Robot4SEN Project (2016 to 2019)

Funded by the HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Programme, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Kwan Fong Kai Chi School is working with Special Education Needs (SEN) schools in Hong Kong, VTC Shine Skills Centres and NGOs to adopt the use of intelligent robots as an assistive tool in the teaching of children with special needs.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND HSBC SENIOR EXECUTIVES SUPPORTING THE ROBOT4SEN PROJECT


S-QUBE Youth Financial Empowerment Programme (2016 to 2021)

Sponsored by HSBC and organised by the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society, the S-QUBE Youth Financial Empowerment Programme aims to build the financial capability of vulnerable groups through targeted ongoing financial education, motivation, validation and support for young people and parents. Funded by the HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Programme, the S-QUBE programme will benefit 428,270 young people, 3,700 parents and 1,800 youth services social workers.

YOUNG PEOPLE AT A TERRITORY-WIDE EVENT “S-QUBE VIRTUAL MONEY MANAGEMENT CITY” TO EXPERIENCE BASIC MONEY MANAGEMENT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THE VIRTUAL CITY WITH MOTION GAME BOOTHS


HSBC Young Financial Planners Programme (2017 to 2020)

Sponsored by HSBC and organised by The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, the HSBC Young Financial Planners Programme aims to teach young people the concepts and knowledge of financial management, and encourage them to start planning for their financial goals early. The programme consists of school-based financial literacy training workshops, social experiential games and the Junior Financial Secretary programme, which will benefit 62,250 youths aged 10 to 18 across Hong Kong.

JUNIOR FINANCIAL SECRETARIES MEET THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OF THE HKSAR GOVERNMENT TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON THE BUDGET AND SOCIAL ISSUES IN HONG KONG


Sustainable networks and entrepreneurship

HSBC has a global commitment to our customers and other companies as they seek to do business with each other in a more responsible and sustainable way. We support a number of local initiatives that contribute towards this goal.

Living Business

Launched in 2004, HSBC Living Business helps SMEs in Hong Kong to become more competitive by incorporating socially and environmentally sustainable practices into their operations. It helps SMEs gauge new business opportunities related to sustainable development, and gives them insight into what larger corporates are doing to make their supply chains more sustainable.

THE LAUNCH CEREMONY IN 2018 FOR HSBC LIVING BUSINESS


Making Zero Impact Fashionable

This charitable partnership programme supports the apparel and textile industry to achieve a low-carbon supply chain. The programme brings together local leaders from the fashion industry, providing a platform for them to discuss and promote the adoption of sustainable innovation and clean technology in their businesses and supply chains.

ORGANISERS AND PARTNERS OF FASHION SUMMIT 2018. THE MAKING ZERO IMPACT FASHIONABLE PROGRAMME WAS LAUNCHED AT THE GALA DINNER OF FASHION SUMMIT


Social innovation and entrepreneurship

We have partnered with the Hong Kong Council of Social Service for the Social Enterprise Business Centre since 2008, providing help to more than 570 organisations in Hong Kong.

Find about more about the Social Enterprise Business Centre .