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 Network

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

Women’s Networking Group

Women@HSBC promotes equal opportunities for women by creating support and networking opportunities for women at all stages of life and their career.

Parents’ Networking Group

Parents@HSBC provides information and support to enable working parents to achieve greater flexibility and balance in meeting work and home commitments.

LGBTI Networking Group

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 and 2015*.

In 2016, Tony Cripps, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Australia became a Pay Equity Ambassador demonstrating his personal commitment to Pay Equity.

"Gender inequality and prejudice has no place in our business and our community. Becoming a Pay Equity Ambassador is about making a clear and public commitment to ensuring that HSBC Australia is and continues to be a fair and inclusive workplace for all colleagues," says Tony.

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 9 June 2016 and was declared compliant on 7 July 2016.

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.

At HSBC Australia, we are committed to creating an environment where everyone can be authentic in bringing the best of themselves to the workplace

Tony Cripps, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Australia