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 for community needs and the key elements for sustainable growth of Hong Kong.

Read more information about how to apply here:
How to apply for Hong Kong project funding (2-page PDF 138KB)

Stand Together, Come Out Stronger

As Hong Kong battles the COVID-19 outbreak, HSBC is committed to supporting you through this challenging time with multi-faceted initiatives that assist individuals, businesses and the community at large.

Read more information about the details of our initiatives:
Infographic summary of multi-faceted initiatives(1-page PDF 136KB)

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. IN2018, HSBC VOLUNTEERS CONTRIBUITED TO OVER 80,000 SERVICE HOURS.


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 18 districts in Hong Kong that bring people together and improve their quality of life. Since its launch in 2012, the programme has supported more than 1,100 projects benefiting over 4.3 million people.

The programme unveiled its new direction in 2020 with the theme of “Support Hong Kong!”. Continuing its mission of building a cohesive and harmonious community, the programme this year aims to offer prompt assistance to disadvantaged groups in Hong Kong by leveraging on local non-governmental organisations’ (NGOs) expertise and understanding of the most urgent needs of the community.

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 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 130,000students from 150 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 THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG


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


HSBC Future Skills Development Project (2018 to 2021)

Sponsored by HSBC and organised by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, the HSBC Future Skills Development Project aims to equip young people of Hong Kong with the necessary future skills and competencies so that they can thrive in the increasingly digitalised and globalised economy. Professional training and diversified learning opportunities are provided in the following three areas:

  • Financial Capability – financial management skills and knowledge to empower youth to set financial goals and make informed decisions at different life stages
  • Future Skills for Employment – interpersonal and management skills sought after by employers to enhance employability of youth and build up the future talent pool
  • Innovation and Technology – the right competencies to tackle future employment challenges brought about by disruptive technologies and be ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The pilot project will directly benefit more than 88,000 young people in Hong Kong, ranging from primary school students to working youths.

STUDENTS OF THE “HONG KONG 200” LEADERSHIP PROJECT – A KEY INITIATIVE UNDER FUTURE SKILLS FOR EMPLOYMENT


HSBC Scholarships

HSBC has a long history of supporting tertiary students in Hong Kong through scholarships. The first recorded scholarship by HSBC in Hong Kong was the HSBC Social Work Scholarship Programme. In 1965, HSBC made two endowment donations to The Chinese University of Hong Kong and to The University of Hong Kong, in celebration of the bank’s centennial. Each year, HSBC commits more than HKD10 million to provide scholarships to over 200 top Hong Kong students under the following programmes:

  • The HSBC Overseas Scholarship provides scholarships for local university students to spend one semester, or one academic year, at overseas universities
  • The HSBC Hong Kong Scholarship benefits students from 12 universities/tertiary institutions
  • The Innovation and Technology Scholarship  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, offered to six local universities, aims to recognise students dedicated to social work
  • The HSBC Vocational Education Scholarship, 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, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Kwan Fong Kai Chi School works 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.

HSBC SENIOR EXECUTIVE SUPPORTING THE ROBOT4SEN PROJECT AT THE LEARNING & TEACHING EXPO 2018


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