As one of the largest charitable foundations in Hong Kong’s business community, we have been supporting the community that has helped us flourish over the years.
In August 2022, we announced an additional donation of HKD100 million to The Hongkong Bank Foundation. The new funds will allow the Foundation to step up its support for disadvantaged groups in Hong Kong. The Foundation will consider projects that improve the livelihoods of local people and support their transition to sustainable living.
The latest donation is in addition to the charitable donations of HKD170 million made by the Foundation to the Hong Kong community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
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Giving Back: Our Community Stories 2022
VACCINATION TO HOME-BOUND ELDERLY BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
HSBC has provided more than HKD170 million of charitable donations to the Hong Kong community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
In February 2022, in response to the fifth wave of the pandemic, the Foundation donated HKD100 million to help those most in need. It supported the Hong Kong Red Cross’s efforts including its COVID-19 Support Hotline which handled over 11,400 calls, and its delivery of care packages with healthcare items or food to over 9,500 people. Meanwhile, HSBC’s Door-to-door Vaccination Programme brought together more than 200 doctors, 400 nurses and 400 care ambassadors who formed outreach teams to make over 9,000 home vaccination visits. Part of the HKD100 million COVID-19 relief initiative also went to the Emergency Support Programme to equip care homes with much needed medical equipment, quarantine supplies and temporary staff to control COVID-19 infections.
With a mission to help build a cohesive and harmonious community, the programme invests in community projects across all 18 districts of Hong Kong. Since 2012, HSBC has supported 1,400 projects and benefited over 6 million people.
In 2022, to help the community build post-pandemic resilience, the programme will serve more than 340,000 people including the youth, elderly and other vulnerable communities across Hong Kong.
LUANNE LIM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED, (UPPER ROW LEFT) WITH THE WINNING TEAM FROM THE CITY 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 88,000 students from 180 universities across the world have participated in the competition to date.
NOEL QUINN, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HSBC, (CENTRE) WITH SCHOLARS AT HSBC SCHOLARS DAY 2022
HSBC is a leader in supporting Hong Kong youth and communities to prepare for their future through scholarship schemes. In 1965, HSBC launched Hong Kong’s first social work scholarship scheme to support the city’s budding social work profession. In the 1990s, the HSBC Overseas Scholarship Scheme was launched to support the internationalisation of Hong Kong universities. In 2010, HSBC launched the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Scheme to support Hong Kong’s transition to an innovation hub. And in 2021, HSBC launched Hong Kong’s first scholarship to encourage local students to undertake a career path in the Greater Bay Area.
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.
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. The Lai Chi Wo Rural Cultural Landscape has been awarded the inaugural “Special Recognition for Sustainable Development” in the 2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY LEADER IN BUSINESS - KNOWLEDGE PRIMER 1: SUSTAINABILITY AND THE “NEW NORMAL”
Partnership for Sustainability Leadership in Business (PSLB) aims at fostering sustainability leadership and collaboration in the business sector of Hong Kong through knowledge transfer, capacity building, and network development; in particular, PSLB strives to foster strong partnerships between big corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in pursuit of sustainability. The programme aspires to build a collaborative ecosystem which will enhance the capacity and role of SMEs in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area in attaining sustainable development.
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.
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. IN 2018, HSBC VOLUNTEERS CONTRIBUTED 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.
THE AWARD CEREMONY IN 2021 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 for funding here:
How to apply for Hong Kong project funding (1-page PDF 74KB)