13 March 2023

HSBC strengthens sustainability efforts with key hire

HSBC has today announced the appointment of Charis Martin-Ross as Head of Corporate Sustainability for Australia.

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Ms Martin-Ross brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role, working most recently as Senior Manager for Sustainability at Allianz Australia. Prior to this, Ms Martin-Ross held roles across a range financial services organisations including NAB and Macquarie Bank.

Antony Shaw, CEO of HSBC Australia, said: “We are pleased to welcome someone of Charis’ calibre to the team and believe her diverse experience will assist us in furthering our sustainability focus. As a bank, we are committed to ensure we are operating sustainably across all communities we operate in, while also working with clients to assist with their transition plans, Charis will be play a key role in delivering on this commitment.”

Ms Martin-Ross will be responsible for leading the implementation of HSBC’s climate strategy in Australia while also providing counsel for key sustainability, Reconciliation and climate-related matters.

Charis Martin-Ross

HSBC continues to pursue a climate ambition to become net zero in its operations and supply chain by 2030, and align its financed emissions to the Paris Agreement goal of net zero by 2050. We have set interim 2030 targets for on-balance sheet financed emissions for eight sectors with more to come in 2023. HSBC continues to support clients in their transition pathways including facilitating $84.2bn of sustainable finance and investments in 2022 as part of a sustainable financing ambition of $1 trillion by 2030. Within Australia, HSBC was the sustainability coordinator on nine of the 26 transactions closed in 2022.

HSBC also continues to innovate its climate solutions. In 2022, Climate Asset Management, HSBC’s dedicated natural capital investment manager formed as a joint venture with climate change investment and advisory firm Pollination, achieved commitments of more than $650m across its two natural capital strategies. HSBC also officially launched Pentagreen, a joint venture with Temasek, to finance the development of sustainable infrastructure in South and south-east Asia.

Today we finance a number of industries that significantly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. We have a strategy to help our customers to reduce their emissions and to reduce our own. For more information visit www.hsbc.com/sustainability

In Australia, the HSBC Group offers an extensive range of financial services through a network of 45 branches and offices. These services include retail and commercial banking, trade finance, treasury and financial markets, payments and cash management and securities custody. Principal HSBC Group members operating in Australia include HSBC Bank Australia Limited (ABN 48 006 434 162 AFSL/Australian Credit Licence 232595) and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (ABN 65 117 925 970 and AFSL 301737).