Diversity and inclusion

HSBC Australia is committed to being a place where all employees are respected and have access to equal opportunities regardless of gender, age, faith, ethnicity, sexuality, responsibilities or physical ability.

Our employee resource groups help us attract a diverse workforce and create a more inclusive working environment. These voluntary employee-led groups support colleagues and build understanding of inclusion issues so we can connect with our diverse customer base. Globally, we have 55 groups with some 33,000 members.

In Australia, specific initiatives include:

Flexible working

HSBC Australia provides flexible working options to all employees that can adapt to the changes in an individual's circumstances. Arrangements may vary depending on job requirements.

Balance

The Balance network supports the recruitment, development and advancement of a gender-balanced workforce within HSBC.

Ascend

The Ascend network is about learning from inspirational female leaders and personal development in the workplace.

Nurture

Nurture provides information and support to all carers (including parents of young children and those caring for elderly relatives) to achieve greater flexibility and balance in meeting work and home commitments.

Pride

Pride Network Australia supports an inclusive environment for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) as well as those who have an interest in LGBTI-related issues.

Commitment to gender equality

HSBC Australia is committed to achieving gender equality in its workplace, and is a firm supporter of the work of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

HSBC has been named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2017, Martin Tricaud, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Australia became a Pay Equity Ambassador demonstrating his personal commitment to Pay Equity.

“I believe strongly in gender equality and it’s something that requires leadership and collaboration to improve. Becoming a Pay Equity Ambassador is about raising awareness around the inequality that exists today and agreeing to take action to ensure a fair and inclusive workplace in the future,” Tricaud said.

In accordance with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), HSBC Australia lodged its latest annual public compliance report with WGEA on 29 May 2017 and was declared compliant on 27 June 2017.

Members and shareholders may request a copy of the compliance report by contacting diversityandinclusion@hsbc.com.au. Please refer to the WGEA guidelines  if you have any comments on the report.

To learn about the importance that HSBC Group places on diversity, please visit the diversity and inclusion  section on our corporate website.

*WGEA did not offer Employer of Choice accreditations for 2013.

Becoming a Pay Equity Ambassador is about raising awareness around the inequality that exists today and agreeing to take action to ensure a fair and inclusive workplace in the future

Martin Tricaud Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Australia