HSBC Singapore’s longstanding commitment towards environmental conservation and education dates as far back as 1989
An established and consistent 20-year track record in environmental conservation distinguishes HSBC Singapore. The commitment and perseverance on display here is made all the more remarkable considering HSBC Singapore’s role as a service provider in the finance industry, whose business activities alone do not directly impact on the environment. This has not prevented HSBC Singapore from being a prominent member of Singapore’s environment scene. In fact, back in 2004, HSBC Singapore was presented with the inaugural Singapore Green Plan 2012 Award by the National Environment Agency in recognition of the bank’s contribution to environmental protection and sustainability in Singapore.
HSBC Singapore’s longstanding commitment towards environmental conservation and education dates as far back as 1989, when the Care-for-Nature programme was launched as a platform for the bank’s environmental initiatives. Under the programme, HSBC Singapore supported various projects including the adoptions of Chek Jawa and the Treetop Walk, and funding of the Heritage Trees Scheme as well as conservation and research activities on Pulau Semakau.
At the heart of HSBC Singapore’s many conservation and education initiatives is its core group of Green Volunteers, who are trained as nature guides to lead reforestation and conservation projects at areas such as Chek Jawa, the HSBC TreeTop Walk and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Through their active participation in such projects, these volunteers serve as green ambassadors in raising environmental awareness and embodying dedicated action.
A strong believer in promoting environmental conservation through education, HSBC Singapore partnered with the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Council in establishing the HSBC/NYAA Youth Environmental Award in 1998 to recognise the outstanding efforts of youth leaders in environmental protection and nature conservation. HSBC has also worked with the Earthwatch Institute since 2004 to give award recipients and Green Volunteers the chance to participate in annual Environmental Study Trips with scientists from the organisation.
HSBC Singapore’s commitment to the green cause extends beyond support for environment-focused initiatives to its own business practices. Within the office environment, HSBC’s measures to manage environmental impact encompass the conservation of energy and water as well as waste and paper reduction.
A forerunner in initiating long-term environmental programmes that have benefited the community, HSBC Singapore serves as a good testament that financial institutions can make a tangible difference in protecting our environment.