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The full installation at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit

'Creating visual impact to tell a story': Guest blog by Ellen Rock

  • WaterAid
  • 13 Sep 2019

At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019, WaterAid, WWF and HSBC commissioned sustainable textile designer Ellen Rock to design garments athat featured as part of an interactive installation which reflected the mission of the WASH initiative of the HSBC Water Programme. The garments illustrated the fragility and vitality of water as a global resource in the fashion industry.

How can access to WASH transform an apparel supply chain in Bangladesh?

  • WaterAid
  • 4 Sep 2019

On 5- 6 September, in collaboration HSBC, WaterAid and WWF will welcome visitors to their interactive stand at the Hong Kong Fashion Summit. The activation demonstrates how sustainable solutions for clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene throughout the apparel supply chain will not only transform the lives of factory workers and their families, but will also hugely improve their surrounding environment. Visitors will learn of the transformational changes that can be brought about by improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Realising the business case for WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

  • WaterAid
  • 30 Aug 2019

A year on from the launch of the Business Case for WASH, which is practical guidance for companies to invest in water, sanitation and hygiene, WaterAid’s Ruth Romer reflects on the insights gained so far in identifying the financial return on investment for WASH.

‘If we don’t tackle climate change, development gains will roll back’

  • WaterAid
  • 24 Jul 2019

Jonathan Farr, Senior Policy Analyst at WaterAid, explores the intrinsic relationship between SDG 6 and SDG 13 and how progress towards a climate resilient future is crucial if we are to make global gains in delivering water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) access. With the frequency and intensity of climate disasters increasing, development gains are threatened by these crises.

WaterAid/Sharbendu De

Putting Water at the Heart of Sustainable Fashion

  • WaterAid
  • 24 May 2019

This is an op-ed by Lisa Greenlee, Director of Strategic Parnerships at WaterAid. This article was first published on IPS on 20th May 2019.

WaterAid/Sharbendu De

Driving global change through apparel supply chains

  • WaterAid
  • 24 May 2019

In 2018, WaterAid and HSBC launched a unique three year programme to encourage a shift towards sustainable fashion through improving the sustainability of global apparel supply chains. Building on the success of the HSBC Water Programme, the Supply Chains Programme will deliver essential water and sanitation services in apparel factories and nearby communities in Bangladesh and India.

WaterAid, WWF and HSBC at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit

  • WaterAid
  • 15 May 2019

Have you ever thought about the journey of your clothes, and the impact they have on people’s lives and the environment?

This week, HSBC, WWF and WaterAid is at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s largest sustainable fashion event, to demonstrate why water is critical to encouraging a shift towards sustainable fashion.

Together with HSBC, WWF and WaterAid have developed an interactive installation to demonstrate the importance of water provision and stewardship to promoting the sustainability of global apparel supply chain.

The Thirst for Fashion Must First Quench the Industry Workers’ Need for Water

  • WaterAid
  • 24 Apr 2019

This is an op-ed by Ruth Romer, Private Sector Adviser for WaterAid, London. This blog was first published on TrulyBelong on 12th April 2019. 

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A year ahead look at the HSBC Water Programme

  • Earthwatch
  • 25 Jan 2018

A look ahead at what the HSBC Water Programme has in store for 2018 for Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF. Launching new projects and making strides forward in climate change related research into urbanisation, water and green infrastructure, it is set to be a busy year for all partners. 

HSBC and Earthwatch plan for a resilient urban future

  • Earthwatch
  • 25 Jan 2018

Building off a successful five year partnership, HSBC and Earthwatch have worked closely over the last year to launch the new global HSBC Sustainability Training Programme. Rooted in robust science and generating key research insights into climate change and urbanisation challenges, this programme is an evolution of the HSBC Water Programme partnership to focus on the wider climatic challenges we face in the wake of an increasing urban landscape.

How does urbanisation affect water quality?

  • Earthwatch
  • 3 Nov 2017

Throughout the FreshWater Watch programme, developed in partnership with HSBC and Earthwatch, global water bodies in urban areas were studied by citizen scientists to look at the impacts of urbanisation on water quality within cities, ultimately unearthing key issues that need addressing.

Protecting the East Kolkata Wetlands through science

  • Earthwatch
  • 29 Aug 2017

The East Kolkata Wetlands were designated as a ‘Wetland of International Importance’ in 2002. The East Kolkata Wetlands are often called the ‘kidney of Kolkata’ because they are a natural waste water treatment for 680 million litres of raw sewage from the 120 million inhabitants of the city every day.  The wetlands reduce the wastewater costs to almost zero.

HSBC Water Programme at World Water Week 2017

  • Earthwatch
  • 27 Aug 2017

This week researchers, business leaders and decision makers from around the world will join forces in Stockholm for World Water Week, the biggest freshwater conference in the world. 

New report celebrates five years of FreshWater Watch

  • Earthwatch
  • 18 Jul 2017

A new report by Earthwatch highlights the contributions citizen scientists have made to freshwater research around the world through FreshWater Watch. 

World Water Day and the next three years

  • Earthwatch
  • 22 Mar 2017

This World Water Day, we are excited to confirm a three year extension of the HSBC Water Programme, and to celebrate the achievements of its first five years. The Programme has helped to build healthy communities and to develop economies in 43 countries worldwide, bring water to some of the world’s poorest people and protect globally important river and wetland habitats.

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The full installation at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit

'Creating visual impact to tell a story': Guest blog by Ellen Rock

  • WaterAid
  • 13 Sep 2019

At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019, WaterAid, WWF and HSBC commissioned sustainable textile designer Ellen Rock to design garments athat featured as part of an interactive installation which reflected the mission of the WASH initiative of the HSBC Water Programme. The garments illustrated the fragility and vitality of water as a global resource in the fashion industry.

How can access to WASH transform an apparel supply chain in Bangladesh?

  • WaterAid
  • 4 Sep 2019

On 5- 6 September, in collaboration HSBC, WaterAid and WWF will welcome visitors to their interactive stand at the Hong Kong Fashion Summit. The activation demonstrates how sustainable solutions for clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene throughout the apparel supply chain will not only transform the lives of factory workers and their families, but will also hugely improve their surrounding environment. Visitors will learn of the transformational changes that can be brought about by improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Realising the business case for WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

  • WaterAid
  • 30 Aug 2019

A year on from the launch of the Business Case for WASH, which is practical guidance for companies to invest in water, sanitation and hygiene, WaterAid’s Ruth Romer reflects on the insights gained so far in identifying the financial return on investment for WASH.

‘If we don’t tackle climate change, development gains will roll back’

  • WaterAid
  • 24 Jul 2019

Jonathan Farr, Senior Policy Analyst at WaterAid, explores the intrinsic relationship between SDG 6 and SDG 13 and how progress towards a climate resilient future is crucial if we are to make global gains in delivering water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) access. With the frequency and intensity of climate disasters increasing, development gains are threatened by these crises.

WaterAid/Sharbendu De

Putting Water at the Heart of Sustainable Fashion

  • WaterAid
  • 24 May 2019

This is an op-ed by Lisa Greenlee, Director of Strategic Parnerships at WaterAid. This article was first published on IPS on 20th May 2019.

WaterAid/Sharbendu De

Driving global change through apparel supply chains

  • WaterAid
  • 24 May 2019

In 2018, WaterAid and HSBC launched a unique three year programme to encourage a shift towards sustainable fashion through improving the sustainability of global apparel supply chains. Building on the success of the HSBC Water Programme, the Supply Chains Programme will deliver essential water and sanitation services in apparel factories and nearby communities in Bangladesh and India.

WaterAid, WWF and HSBC at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit

  • WaterAid
  • 15 May 2019

Have you ever thought about the journey of your clothes, and the impact they have on people’s lives and the environment?

This week, HSBC, WWF and WaterAid is at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s largest sustainable fashion event, to demonstrate why water is critical to encouraging a shift towards sustainable fashion.

Together with HSBC, WWF and WaterAid have developed an interactive installation to demonstrate the importance of water provision and stewardship to promoting the sustainability of global apparel supply chain.

The Thirst for Fashion Must First Quench the Industry Workers’ Need for Water

  • WaterAid
  • 24 Apr 2019

This is an op-ed by Ruth Romer, Private Sector Adviser for WaterAid, London. This blog was first published on TrulyBelong on 12th April 2019. 

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Reducing water use in the electroplating industry: WWF-India’s initiative in Peetal Nagri

  • WWF
  • 8 May 2018

Under the HSBC-supported ‘Rivers for Life, Life for Rivers’ programme, WWF-India along with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Kanpur and the metalware industry have developed a strategy to implement cleaner technologies in Moradabad’s electroplating industries.   

Landmark deal to conserve the world’s largest wetland announced on World Water Day

  • WWF
  • 22 Mar 2018

On World Water Day 2018, the world's largest tropical wetland has received invaluable new protections from three countries, ensuring that all future development of this extraordinary landscape is balanced with the needs of wildlife and people.

Chinese textile business booms after betting on sustainability

  • WWF
  • 6 Mar 2018

Back in 2012 with the global economy still mired in crisis, the proud new owners of a bankrupt Chinese textile mill took an extraordinary decision. Instead of trying to save the business by cutting costs even further, brothers Song Lingyong and Song Lingyan gambled on a new approach: investing in sustainability and water stewardship to survive in the ruthlessly competitive textile world.

Pantanal Journey of Water

  • WWF
  • 2 Mar 2018

The Journey of Water was created by the WWF network to connect people and nature through freshwater with the key message that ‘water doesn’t come from a tap’. It was first led by WWF-South Africa, and has also been delivered by WWF-Zambia – WWF-Brazil is the third country office to host the expedition.

Before it all goes down the drain

  • WWF
  • 31 Jan 2018

Every year on February 2 we commemorate World Wetlands Day, a celebration of the floodplains, marshes and coastal areas all over the planet that permanently or periodically have their soil drenched. Pantanal Wetland is home to the largest of these, covering an area of over 170,500 km², it spans the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil, as well as Paraguay and Bolivia. This rich habitat is home to more than 4,000 animal and plant species. The motto of this year's World Wetlands Day is urban wetlands, which throughout the history of humankind have been continuously reclaimed for the construction of buildings, streets and gardens. 

Gharial

Gharial rescue in the Ganga

  • WWF
  • 12 Jan 2018

Last October, WWF-India, together with the local authorities, came to the rescue of a gharial trapped 100 metres downstream of the Lower Ganga Canal gates in Narora. The animal was initially released 160 km upstream, in Makhdumpur village within the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary, as part of our gharial introduction programme.

Third finless porpoise survey in the Yangtze

  • WWF
  • 20 Dec 2017

A scientific survey on the Yangtze River’s endangered finless porpoises was launched on November 10th to record their numbers. Supported by WWF-China under the HSBC Water Programme and local foundations in the province, the survey is being led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Hydrobiology and it’s the third to be undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture since 2006 (the previous surveys were held in 2006 and 2012).

What makes a good freshwater programme?

  • WWF
  • 3 Nov 2017

WWF has been working with HSBC for 15 years – we’ve learned a thing or two over the years. A new report looks back on some of the things that helped us have a real impact on freshwater conservation during the first phase of our latest partnership, the HSBC Water Programme.

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