Community

HSBC Australia works with carefully selected partners to deliver programs based on the themes of education, the environment and health.

Education

Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF)

HSBC Australia has partnered with AIEF since 2011, focusing on creating positive futures for indigenous Australians by facilitating access to leading schools, universities and corporations for some of Australia's most marginalised young people. HSBC provides additional support through employee mentors and tutors as well as the opportunity for students to take part in work placement and training.

Read more about AIEF

‘Ready for Life’ with Youth Off The Streets

As part of its global commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people, HSBC supports the 'Ready for Life' program at Key College and Chapel School, run by Youth Off The Streets which helps disadvantaged and homeless teenagers in Sydney. The schools reconnect young people with education and also link to a network of support services including accommodation, training and employment. HSBC employees help students develop interview skills, build career plans and prepare for the workplace.

Enactus

HSBC has worked closely with Enactus for a number of years, supporting community projects designed and implemented by talented university students from around Australia.

Every year, the students gather at the Enactus National Championships to present progress on their projects and compete for the right to take part in a world-wide competition - HSBC employees act as mentors and Business Advisors to students in the lead up to the National Championships.

Sustaining education with Barnardos

HSBC has a long-standing relationship with Barnardos, which for more than 120 years, has been at the forefront of child welfare service provision. In Australia, HSBC supports a multitude of education programs that Barnardos delivers, targeting children and young people from varying low socio-economic backgrounds. This includes the Yurungai Learning Centre in Waterloo, NSW, which provides an after-school program, focussing on numeracy and literacy, for primary-school aged children. HSBC volunteers assist the children with projects, homework help and basic financial literacy on a weekly basis.

KARI

HSBC's relationship with KARI combines two global focus areas – education and health. HSBC has partnered with KARI to support the delivery of a Multidisciplinary Playgroup, which connects Aboriginal families in South West Sydney with clinicians in a playgroup environment to address any developmental delays or health issues. This allows any critical gaps to be addressed early and will service up to 100 children each year.

Environment

Principal Partner of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

As Principal Partner of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, HSBC provides vital funding to support the Trust's conservation and education programs.

Through the Safeguarding Plant Biodiversity scheme, HSBC contributes to the Australian PlantBank's  research, collection and conservation program to safeguard threatened plant biodiversity locally, nationally and internationally through seedbanking, tissue culture and cryogenic storage.

The Interactive Learning for Schools program is designed to increase the Trust's education work via the NSW Department of Education and Communities' Connected Classroom Program.

The third component of the Principal Conservation Partnership is the Asia Capacity Building program, which contributes to the long-term conservation of plants and their habitats worldwide by sharing expertise among botanic gardens in the Asia Pacific Region. This provides opportunities for intensive conservation and horticultural training from Trust scientists at the Australian PlantBank.

The Nature Conservancy – Great Southern Seascapes and Mapping Ocean Wealth

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organisation, working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Globally, they work in 69 countries with a staff of nearly 4,000, including 600 scientists.

Great Southern Seascapes is conserving and restoring Australia's great southern seascapes for nature and people, by protecting and restoring critical marine habitats and their ecosystem services – HSBC is specifically supporting the restoration of shellfish reefs in the Port Phillip Bay of Victoria.

Mapping Ocean Wealth aims to describe – in quantitative terms – all that the ocean does for society today, to influence smarter decisions and investments that will affect what the ocean can do in the future. The project evaluates nature as an asset and to incorporate its benefit all coastal planning decisions.

Encouraging students to study science with Earthwatch Australia

The Earthwatch Student Challenge gives high school students in years 10-12 the opportunity to participate in expeditions that support the work of scientists in environmental conservation, while providing them an insight into the world of field science. Students live and work in the field with leading researchers to help solve some of Australia's most pressing environmental issues. It is an eye-opening, adventurous and exciting experience, and the hope is that this may encourage some of them to pursue a career in science.

HSBC is supporting places for six Indigenous students to participate in the student challenge.

Health

Eliminating trachoma with the Fred Hollows Foundation

HSBC Australia has partnered with the Fred Hollows Foundation since 2015 supporting their Indigenous Australia Program, specifically the Trachoma Elimination Project. Australia is the only developed country in the world where people still go needlessly and irreversibly blind from trachoma, a contagious disease that if caught early enough is easily treated with antibiotics.

Addressing mental health with the Black Dog Institute

HSBC is currently supporting two projects in partnership with the Black Dog Institute.

Each year approximately 2,500 Australians die by suicide and an estimated 75,000 more make an attempt. The likelihood of death by suicide is almost three times higher for men in rural communities, and young Indigenous Australians are at 2.5 times greater risk of suicide than the general population. The Regional Mental Health Education Program trains health professionals in regional areas to better manage mental health issues, and runs workshops in communities to deliver ongoing mental health education awareness.

At any one time, approximately one-fifth of Australian adolescents are at risk of mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, and suicide is the leading cause of death in young Australians aged 15-24. The Integrated Adolescent Mental Health Clinic integrates technology with more traditional health services to deliver an innovative, evidence-based web and mobile program to digital natives in a way that makes sense for them.

Employees in the community

HSBC Australia offers employees two days of paid volunteer leave a year to work in the community and, through the HSBC Community Chest, provides financial grants to support a range of community projects initiated and led by our staff. Each year HSBC employees commit more than 4,000 volunteer hours to Australian charities.

To learn about the importance that the HSBC Group places on sustainability, please visit the Sustainability section on our corporate website.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) provide a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation. They are reviewed and endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, a not-for-profit that works to close the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage by working with corporates and other not-for-profits to develop solid employment, procurement and cultural awareness, and advocacy, commitments.

RAPs are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities. They create social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

HSBC has issued a Reflect level Reconciliation Action Plan, which runs from February 2017 to February 2018, as a first step to ongoing and sustained reconciliation over the coming years. The plan can be accessed online.