A sustainable approach to business

Sustainability is about safeguarding the long-term health of the environment and ensuring a thriving, resilient future for your business and wider society.

Sustainability is an increasingly important consideration for businesses of all sizes and one key factor is the UK’s target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Our sustainability hub is here to provide you with the tools and insights to help you navigate the transition to net zero and build a more sustainable approach to doing business.

At HSBC we want to partner with companies to build a climate-friendly economy, and are helping them find efficiencies in their supply chains or adapt their business model so they can reap the benefits of going green.

Noel Quinn, Group Chief Executive Officer

How to get started on sustainability

Our ‘How to start’ guide explores the benefits of sustainability and how you can get started as well as sharing insights and advice from businesses that have already set out on their own journey.

Transition to net zero

The UK government target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 has major implications for businesses. Now is the time to set your own targets for the coming years and understand the changes you need to make as an organisation to meet these.

Specialist sector support

Whether your aim is to reduce emissions, deliver low carbon solutions or adopt new technologies, it’s important to understand how you can prepare your business and the support that is available in your sector.

Towards Net Zero in UK Agriculture: key information, perspectives and practical guidance

UK Agriculture contributed 10 per cent to total greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 – including 70 per cent of nitrous oxide emissions and nearly half of total methane emissions. As such, it has a key role to play in helping the UK meet its Net Zero emissions target by 2050, according to a new report by UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources.

You can view the summary here

Reducing emissions for agriculture in the UK

British farmers, on average, already produce far less carbon emissions than many of their international competitors and landowners are always looking for further ways of increasing efficiency. Alice Ritchie, Land Use Policy Adviser at the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), delves into the workings of carbon accounting and examines the ways in which we are already sustainable, where we can improve, and how to maximise our efforts.


Getting from A to B: How technology could transform the UK’s transport network

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) models of public transport promise an exciting redefinition of urban travel, whether targeting increased congestion or stripping back on pollution. But what challenges remain when applying them to the UK’s complicated infrastructure, and what role can HSBC UK play?

Business resilience

Taking a more sustainable approach can help you build your business resilience – something that is even more in the spotlight following the global pandemic. Visit our Tomorrow Ready hub to find out more about how you can make your business resilient today whilst planning for a stronger future.

Sustainability insights 

Whatever your business sustainability principles and goals might be, access the latest thought leadership content and practical advice to help you prepare for a greener future.

Navigator: focus on sustainability

Our most recent Navigator report shows that sustainability is an important factor for UK companies.

Almost nine in 10 UK companies think that improving environmental and ethical sustainability brings multiple opportunities, while two-thirds have set targets for a broad range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) measures.

You can find out more about how UK companies are approaching sustainability in the full Navigator report.

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Resetting: sustainability on the agenda

With previously unthinkable ways of working becoming the ‘new normal’ overnight, the COVID-19 crisis is a turning point for the sustainability agenda.

The pandemic has shown that rapid change is both possible – and pivotal – for recovery, and an opportunity for companies to embed resilient and responsible practices into their strategic plans.

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Centre of Sustainable Finance

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

Sustainability services and products

HSBC's sustainable finance offering helps businesses meet their environmental goals with a suite of green products. HSBC has aligned its Green Loan offering to the Loan Market Association's Green Loan Principles, which aim to create market standards and guidelines, providing a consistent methodology for use across the green loan market, in addition we have developed HSBC's Eligible Criteria for Green Activities with the support of Sustainalytics.

Green Term Loans

HSBC has a broad Green Loan offering available to Large Corporates, Mid-Market Enterprises and SMEs looking to secure funding for sustainable activities. Green Loan is available for a minimum loan of £300,000, enabling businesses to access finance to support their sustainability projects.

Lending is subject to status.

Green Revolving Credit Facilities (RCFs)

The industry first Green RCF enables companies to access funds when required, depending on sustainable cash flow needs, and is available for a minimum loan value of £1,000,000.

Lending is subject to status.

Green Asset Finance

The Green Asset Finance product facilitates the financing of green assets through hire purchase, finance and operating lease.

Lending is subject to status.

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