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We are committed to achieve a cleaner future. We support businesses engaging in sustainable practices and help them transition to a low carbon economy.

It takes a collective effort to achieve a cleaner future. We aim to do our part by empowering businesses to engage in sustainable banking practices and have committed up to USD1 trillion of finance and investment by 2030 to support our customers transition to a net zero global economy. HSBC Singapore has been at the forefront of driving the sustainability agenda within Singapore with market-leading transactions and innovative sustainability-linked solutions.
More details on our commitment can be found here

What is sustainable finance?

We define sustainable finance or green finance as any form of financial service that takes into account environmental, social and governance criteria when making business or investment decisions. This practice aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular, the focus on combating the threat of climate change.

The threat of climate change

A rapidly changing climate is an unprecedented and irreversible threat to habitats, societies and economies around the globe. In 2016, almost 200 leaders signed the Paris Agreement, committing countries to keep the global average temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times by reducing emissions as soon as possible.

An estimated USD100trillion of investment is needed in new green infrastructure over the next 15 years to provide a 66% chance of meeting this goal. We recognise the critical role finance has to play and we aspire to be a leading global partner in financing, managing and shaping the transition to a low-carbon world.

Your partner for sustainable growth

As Asia’s best bank for sustainable finance, we offer green solutions to help you meet your sustainable development goals and boost your ESG profile.

Our sustainable finance framework is aligned to the Loan Market Association’s Green Loan Principles and we have an A rating.

Our commitments

Providing USD1trillion in financing and investment by 2030

We strive to continue funding the development of clean energy, lower-carbon technologies and projects that contribute to the delivery of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Sourcing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030

With an interim target of 90% by 2025. This means sourcing 100% renewable energy through direct investment or direct purchase agreements, which in turn supports the financing of new renewable energy products.

Reducing our exposure to thermal coal

To achieve this, we will discontinue the financing of new thermal coal mines and new customers dependent on thermal coal mining, while actively managing the transition for other high-carbon sectors.

Adopting the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

We will be taking the 2018 report as our base for identifying and disclosing the climate-related risks and opportunities across our businesses.

Establishing a centre of sustainable finance

Doing so will help to unlock the capital flows needed to address the major sustainability challenges in the world, and maintain our thought leadership on the role of the financial services sector in the fight against climate change.

Your sustainable journey with us

Our key objective is to provide businesses with sufficient funds to manage the risks involved in transitioning to a low-carbon economy. We also offer credit and lending facilities, advisory services and access to capital markets.

With our support, you can continue to make a positive environmental impact by developing the new energy sources, technology and infrastructure required for a cleaner future. We also provide financing for retail customers to adopt energy-efficient solutions in their homes or invest in renewable energy sources such as domestic solar panel systems.

Green bonds

To maintain our efforts in backing climate and environmental projects, we play an important role in shaping the green bond market. We are a member of the International Capital Market Association’s executive committee for the Green Bond Principles, which are a set of voluntary standards for issuers of green bonds.

In H1 2019, we ranked first in Climate Bonds Initiative’s global green bond underwriter league tables, serving as the top green bond underwriter both globally (almost $6bn of issuance) and in emerging markets (over $2bn).

Learn more about this event in our green and sustainable bonds page.

Green Deposits

Meet your company’s sustainability agenda by indirectly financing green projects. Our green deposits are used to finance environmentally beneficial projects through customer lending. The list of eligible categories of projects and business is aligned to the HSBC Green Bond Framework and Green Loan Principles.

Green Loans

Grow your business through sustainable projects with our green loans. We can help your company fund green projects such as green efficient buildings, renewable energy, sustainable waste management and climate change adaptation.

Sustainable investments

As investors increasingly apply environmental, social and governance criteria to financial decisions, we are actively developing our range of products and services to support the growth of sustainable investments.

Our Centre of Sustainable Finance leads and shapes the debate around sustainable finance and investment. The centre publishes research reports covering themes such as greening the Belt and Road Initiative, energy evolution and climate change risk assessment.

Sustainability risk

We want to ensure that the financial services we provide do not result in an unacceptable impact on people or the environment. We are a signatory to the Equator Principles and work with businesses to improve their sustainability practices.

Does your business plan have more room for the planet?

Kickstart your net zero journey with us.

How can we help today?

Find out more about International Subsidiary Banking

We can be your dedicated partner, delivering a consistent banking experience globally, with solutions tailored to the unique needs of your business.

Singapore is a leading financial and commercial centre and is Asia’s most network-ready location with world-class infrastructure.

If you’re looking to expand in the region, give your business the best support possible with our ASEAN network

HSBC’s International Subsidiary Banking (ISB) business provides a consistent global banking experience to over 8,000 corporate groups and their international subsidiaries. Operating across more than 50 markets, we are experts in delivering tailored solutions on a global scale.

Reap the rewards of our global banking network and award-winning suite of financial services across liquidity and cash management, global trade and receivables finance, risk management, and capital financing.

Our global digital banking platform provides a centralised overview of your business finances for better control of your operations and risk position across the region.

Our banking solutions have been designed to meet the requirements of a wide range of overseas headquartered companies based in Singapore.

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