FOOD-Connect by St James’ Settlement
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)
The short term food relief programme serves 5,500 new food service users and their families through FOOD-CO, the first IT platform for food support service in Hong Kong.
The short term food relief programme supports the immediate need of existing users who are impacted by the interruption of food assistance during COVID-19. The 60,000 dry food packs and 15,600 supermarket coupons, benefiting more than 5000 users. As part of the programme, subsidies were offered to low-income helpers who support the distribution of food packs.
With a mission to help build a cohesive and harmonious community, this programme invests in community projects across all 18 districts of Hong Kong. Since 2012, HSBC has donated a total of HKD180 million, supporting more than 1,200 projects and reaching 5 million beneficiaries. In 2020, to offer prompt assistance to disadvantaged groups impacted by COVID-19, the programme has doubled its support for community projects under the theme of “Support Hong Kong!”, leveraging on our charity partners’ expertise on serving the most urgent needs of the community.
The immediate relief programme targets to lower the infection risk of students from low income families during the outbreak of COVID-19 and equip them with infection control / protective products. Over 20,000 hygiene kits were distributed to low income groups.
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.
Watch the following videos and learn more about the Programme.
In Hong Kong, one in six adults suffers from mental illness and common stereotypes often lead to discriminatory behaviour and isolation. Castle Peak Hospital establishes Mind Space, the first mental health experience museum in Hong Kong, to raise the profile and awareness of mental health. Leveraging virtual reality technology, interactive exhibits simulate common experiences by patients to encourage broader understanding of the subject and to pave a discrimination-free path towards recovery for patients.Watch on youtube
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting women in Hong Kong. The Programme is going to provide free mammography screening services to over 8,000 low-income women. Early detection not only increases chances of recovery, but also lessens the burden of unnecessary treatments and worries from the family, empowering women to focus on living a better life.
There is a high incidence of parental stress in Hong Kong with nearly 60% of the young experienced conflict with their parents. Tung Wah Group of Hospitals sets up the Parents Academy to help parents develop positive communication with their children, fostering a healthier parent-child relationship.
With marine stranding cases on the rise over the years, it has become increasingly vital for us to study these cases in prevention of more tragic events. The Hong Kong Marine Life Stranding and Education Centre conducts researches dedicated to the necropsy and virtopsy of marine stranding cases, generating data that can be used for educational purposes, elevating the community’s understanding of marine life conservation.
Colleagues sending Love Boxes to elderly home
Engaging our colleagues to reach out to community - In 2019, around 4,000 HSBC volunteers devoted about 60,000 hours to serve the community through the projects that the bank supports. Our volunteers also help promoting sustainability awareness and act as citizen scientists to help promote the concept of “Re-think, Reduce and Recycle”. In connection with the HSBC Clean Waterways Programme, HSBC volunteers will join efforts with the public to address and raise awareness of Hong Kong’s plastic waste issue.
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 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.
REVITALISED FARMLAND IN 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.
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
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.
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:
STUDENTS BUILD THEIR OWN UNDERWATER ROBOT FOR THE COMPETITION
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.
JUNIOR FINANCIAL SECRETARIES MEET THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OF THE HKSAR GOVERNMENT TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON THE BUDGET AND SOCIAL ISSUES IN HONG KONG
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 10,400 youths aged 10 to 18 across Hong Kong.
THE LAUNCH CEREMONY IN 2018 FOR HSBC 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 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 383KB)