At HSBC, how we do business is as important as what we do.

For us, sustainability means building our business for the long term by balancing social, environmental and economic considerations in the decisions we make. This enables us to help businesses thrive and contribute to the health and growth of communities. In the Middle East, our sustainability strategy is guided by our global strategy focusing on Future Skills, Sustainable Networks & Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Finance and is tied to regional and national priorities.

You can read more about our global sustainability strategy, approach and initiatives on our global corporate website

Community investment

Our approach is to partner with local non-profit organisations and charities that are making a difference, supporting government initiatives and promoting local culture, and we remain involved in the projects we support.

We also encourage our employees to give back to the communities in which they live and work. We have developed policies in collaboration with Human Resources further supporting our staff to get involved.

For more information on our local community programmes, achievements and awards, download our Community Investment Year in Review:

2017 (21-page PDF 4.67MB)

2016 (13-page PDF 3.37MB)

2015 (17-page PDF 999KB)

2014 (10-page PDF 162KB)


Many of the projects led, developed or supported by HSBC have received external recognition and awards. These include:

  • Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group Recognition for the commitment and promotion of sustainability best practices in the UAE through issuing the UAE Report (2014-2015)
  • Arab Organization for Social Responsibility - Gold CSR Excellence Award, for outstanding social responsibility efforts in the community and our contribution to the promotion of social responsibility in the Arab World (2014)
  • Dubai Chamber of Commerce CSR Label for exceeding best sustainability practice standards (2012-2016)
  • Dubai Endowment Sign from HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai for environmental and conservation work in partnership with EWS-WWF (2017)
  • Emirates Energy Award (2013 & 2017)
  • Global Good Governance Award (3G) received for CS governance, transparency and efforts (2017)
  • International Business Awards for CSR Programme of the Year in Middle East and North Africa (2012-2016)
  • Princess Haya Award for Special Education, in the category of ‘Outstanding Private Sector Support’, for our work in integrating children with special needs into the community (2015)
  • STEM Award (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) from the Enterprise Summit CSR Market Place in Turkey (2016)
  • Ta’atheer Best CSR Impact Award for outstanding initiatives demonstrating significant sustainable impact, which were both measurable and innovative (2017)
  • UAE Year of Giving Award from AWQAF & Minors Foundation (2017)