Prestigious award for HSBC Climate Partnership
24 May 2012
The achievements of the partnership between HSBC, WWF, Earthwatch, Smithsonian and The Climate Group were recognised at the recent Business Charity Awards. We were jointly awarded the Charity Partnership Award (Financial and Professional) for our contributions to reducing the impact of climate change on people, forests, freshwater and cities.
The HSBC Climate Partnership ran between 2007-2011. Over its five years HSBC invested $100m into work led by its environmental partners, including WWF.
Under the programme we’ve helped protect freshwater resources in major river basins - such as the Thames, Yangtze, Ganges and Amazon - by working with communities, businesses and governments.
For example 120,000 Yangtze fish farmers learned sustainable practices, and 50 lakes were reconnected to the river under WWF’s programme, which helped improve flood capacity, water quality and fish stocks.
WWF environmental manager Sue Alexander says: “We’re delighted the programme has been recognised. When we embarked on the partnership we wanted to tackle climate change in a meaningful way, while also engaging HSBC’s global workforce. Together we have delivered long-term impacts for the environment.”
Hugh Mehta, our global partnership manager, adds: "WWF is immensely proud of the achievements we have had for people and the planet under the HSBC Climate Partnership. This award highlights the impact we can have when organisations come together to tackle the world’s environmental challenges.”
[photo: Leo Wilkinson]