HSBC has had an active commitment to the environment for many years. In 2005, HSBC became the world's first carbon neutral bank. We believe it is the responsibility of governments, businesses and individuals to recognise the challenge of climate change and to play their part in minimising the impacts, now and in the future.
We believe that companies should think not only about profit, but first of all about commitment to the society. HSBC always keep in mind its responsibility. Throughout our actions, we strive to keep balance in this world.
Global Environmental Efficiency Programme
In 2007, HSBC launched a US$90 million, five-year programme to reduce the environmental footprint of office buildings and business operations. Major actions include: introducing renewable energy technologies; developing flagship buildings to recognised environmental standards; changing behaviour through training; raising employee awareness and developing flexible work practices; and optimising operations through environmental management systems.
HSBC's Global Technology Centre in India has installed technologies that reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 700 tons per year
Water Saving Campaign
To mark the World Environment Day 2008,
HSBC Mauritius has teamed up with the Central Water Authority (CWA) to launch
its Water saving Campaign on 5th June 2008 in the presence of the Minister
of Public utilities, Dr. Abu Kasenally. This campaign was designed to increase
knowledge on scarcity of water and informing the Mauritian nation on simple
ways to save water. Along the same line, HSBC Mauritius made us of:
Internally, HSBC Mauritius organised various activities among the theme "Be Part of the Solution", where staff got the chance to visit the Meteorological Station of Vacoas, viewing of the movies: "11th Hour" and "An Inconvenient Truth", learning about recycling and composting, amongst others.
Sustainability of our office infrastructure
An example of greening our supply chain is usage of multifunction all-in-one devices to replace old printers, copiers, scanners and fax machines. This energy- and waste-saving print management initiative helps reduce the amount of equipment, consumption of electricity, toner cartridges and paper, and maintenance cost. Our employees are also invited to join recycling programme.
HSBC Internet Banking service gives customers complete control over their banking needs, from the comfort of their home or office, from around the world through internet services. With the support of this programme, the bank is planning to significantly reduce its printing outcomes.