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, HSBC has more than 100 different employee resource groups with more than 75,000 participants in over 20 countries.


In Australia, the following initiatives and employee resource groups exist:

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 provides opportunities for its members to hear from inspirational female leaders, access training and develop their own network by engaging with other professionals across the HSBC network.

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 champions inclusivity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTIQ) people and their allies, both within HSBC and in the communities the bank serves.

Centred on its mission to champion inclusivity for LGBTIQ people and thier allies, HSBC Australia's Pride Network engages with employees, customers and the communities the bank serves to promote awareness of issues still faced by individuals who identify as LGBTIQ. The network collaborates with the bank's other ERGs to host events and mark milestones in the LGBTIQ calendar, including:

Wear it Purple Day

Wear it Purple Day has grown into one of the calendar’s most colourful milestones and HSBC employees are invited to wear a touch of purple to show their support for young LGBTIQ people. Morning tea events and bake sales are hosted in HSBC's state offices and branches across Australia to raise funds for Wear it Purple, a non-profit-organisation that creates supportive, safe environments for rainbow young people.

Since 2018, HSBC's Pride Network has chaired a working group for businesses based in the Barangaroo precinct to deliver large-scale projects, such as lighting up International Towers Sydney in purple and contributing to activities that focus on workplace inclusion.

Purple reigns in Sydney's Barangaroo precinct for Wear it Purple Day


International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia (IDAHOTB)

To promote the steps that employees and members of society-at-large can take to promote inclusion and equality, HSBC's Pride Network hosts a series of events to coincide with IDAHOTB.

In 2019, the network hosted a panel discussion to celebrate the role that organisations and allies play in supporting the LGBTIQ community. The discussion also explored the impact that negative actions, words or behaviours can have on the mental wellbeing of individuals who identify as LGBTIQ.

Panelists at the bank's 2019 IDAHOTB event


World AIDS Day

To mark World AIDS Day - 1 December - year each, HSBC's Pride Network hosts a series of educational activities to increase employee awareness of HIV and break the stigma attached to the virus.

HSBC also supports the efforts of its community partner, Positive Life NSW, with donations and financial support.

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 consecutively each year from 2012.

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 28 May 2019 and was declared compliant on 25 June 2019.

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.

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