Corporate Sustainability

Sustainable businesses are more important than ever

HSBC have been named 'World’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance’ in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2020. This recognises the commitment to helping clients support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Australian companies

86%

Agree sustainable practices will enhance growth and profitability

Australian companies

Barrier

To sustainabilty practices are extra work and time to impliment changes

Australian companies

Top driver

To address sustainability is brand reputation

Australian companies

18%

Use sustainable or green financing within their company

Australian services companies

62%

on par or ahead of peers with ethical and environmental sustainability

Goods producers

20%

will change suppliers based on their sustainability practices

Australian businesses go green

Australian companies are recognising the importance of being sustainable and that profit and purpose must go hand in hand. According to our recent Navigator survey of Australian companies, 85% agree that there is a need to reassess and review their operations to enable them to rebuild their business on firmer environmental foundations. This ensures that sustainability will remain high on the future agenda of Australian businesses.

Investing in a sustainable economy

As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, a recent report by WWF and EY, supported by HSBC offered a solution which enables environmental change whilst delivering on the nation’s ambitions to drive job creation. Clean energy, low-carbon and digital solutions are fundamental pillars of a better economy: improves quality of air we breathe, enhance our quality of life, limits the climate-related disasters. The cumulative gains for transforming the energy system could reach US$98 trillion between 2020 and 2050, greatly exceeding the related investment costs (US$15 trillion)*.

Future-proofing our cities

Forecasting an economy for a post-COVID world considers investment in climate change and ensuring for a sustainable economy ranks third out of seven major implications for mid- to long-term recovery. Better awareness of climate change challenges and the need for a more sustainable economy and infrastructure with a better environmental footprint on ecosystems**. The crisis has accelerated the change in consumption behaviour and broadened the public support for a cleaner economy and environmental responsibility

How HSBC can help

Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Three internationally recognised frameworks help define our sustainability goals:

  • Paris Agreement
  • ESG framework
  • Sustainable Development Goals

HSBC Australia assists businesses through a list of products

  • Green, social and sustainability bonds (GSS)
  • Green Loans and Green Loan Principles (GLP)
  • Social and sustainability linked loans (SSLs)
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • ESG and Climate Research

HSBC global centre for sustainable finance; HSBC are committed to supporting sustainable businesses globally, for more information visit our Center for Sustainable finance.

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