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Companies must be at heart of global push to tackle SDG 6

  • WaterAid
  • 3 Sep 2018

Ruth Romer, WaterAid's Private Sector Advisor, talks about WaterAid's new guidance for companies to invest in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and how HSBC and WaterAid's new sustainable apparel supply chains project in Bangladesh and India will help test the business case for WASH.  This blog was first published on Ethical corp on 31st August 2018. 

Positive threads of progress throughout the apparel supply chain

Creating Sustainable Supply Chains through WASH

World Water Week 2018: Sustainable fashion through access to WASH

  • WaterAid
  • 31 Aug 2018

To celebrate the launch of the new Supply Chains in Apparel Sector Programme at Stockholm World Water Week, WaterAid and HSBC have created this new animation to highlight the impact of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for workers in the supply chains globally and to strengthen the business case for WASH. You can watch the animation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkG3hYyMltM&feature=youtu.be 

Rising seas / Shrinking water sources in Bangladesh

  • WaterAid
  • 12 Jul 2018

HSBC and WaterAid have launched a new film showcasing the impacts of climate change on access to clean water, and the knock on effects for small businesses in Dacope, Bangladesh. WaterAid and and HSBC have been working together in Bangladesh since 2012 to provide climate-resilient clean water resources.

Arctic ready: Ahmed’s Marathon

  • WaterAid
  • 29 Jun 2018

In August, 100 brave HSBC employees will be trekking 100 kilometres across the Arctic to raise money for WaterAid. We’ve already shared with you some stories of how trekkers are preparing for the trek – in terms of both training and fundraising. This month, we’ve spoken to Ahmed who has recently completed the Copenhagen Marathon.

Why investors should care about WASH – new podcast

  • WaterAid
  • 11 Jun 2018

In collaboration with UN-PRI, WaterAid have published a new podcast talking about why investors should care about access to water and sanitation (WASH). The podcast discusses the impact of access to WASH on supply chains and productivity, and features views from Marc Robert of Water Asset Management and Michael Alexander of Diageo.

You can listen to the podcast on UN-PRI's website here: https://www.unpri.org/environmental-issues/why-should-investors-care-abo...

Parched earth and shrinking rivers: WaterAid releases list of water-scarce regions to watch

  • WaterAid
  • 5 Jun 2018

Cities and villages in northern and central India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, southern Madagascar and southern Mozambique are facing acute water scarcity threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions, new analysis by WaterAid shows.

Based on NASA satellite imagery released earlier this year, the analysis also examines current rates of access to water for rural and urban areas in most-affected regions.

Q&A with Arctic Trekker Amyn

  • WaterAid
  • 25 May 2018

In August, 100 brave HSBC employees will be trekking 100 kilometres across the Arctic to raise money for WaterAid. We were lucky enough to have a Q&A with Amyn Husain, the top fundraiser of the group so far having raised an incredible $10,502.34! Amyn shares what has motivated his commitment to fundraising, as well as some of his tips on fundraising and training for the upcoming trek.

Congratulations on being the top fundraiser Amyn, how did you do it?

Mineral rights to human rights: mobilising resources from the extractive industries in Nigeria for water, sanitation and hygiene

  • WaterAid
  • 17 May 2018

Anddy Omoluabi, Programme Director for WaterAid Nigeria, and John Garrett, Senior Policy Analyst – Development Finance at WaterAid UK, consider how Nigeria’s natural resource wealth can better contribute to ending the country’s water and sanitation poverty. You can download the full report here. 

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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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Companies must be at heart of global push to tackle SDG 6

  • WaterAid
  • 3 Sep 2018

Ruth Romer, WaterAid's Private Sector Advisor, talks about WaterAid's new guidance for companies to invest in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and how HSBC and WaterAid's new sustainable apparel supply chains project in Bangladesh and India will help test the business case for WASH.  This blog was first published on Ethical corp on 31st August 2018. 

Positive threads of progress throughout the apparel supply chain

Creating Sustainable Supply Chains through WASH

World Water Week 2018: Sustainable fashion through access to WASH

  • WaterAid
  • 31 Aug 2018

To celebrate the launch of the new Supply Chains in Apparel Sector Programme at Stockholm World Water Week, WaterAid and HSBC have created this new animation to highlight the impact of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for workers in the supply chains globally and to strengthen the business case for WASH. You can watch the animation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkG3hYyMltM&feature=youtu.be 

Rising seas / Shrinking water sources in Bangladesh

  • WaterAid
  • 12 Jul 2018

HSBC and WaterAid have launched a new film showcasing the impacts of climate change on access to clean water, and the knock on effects for small businesses in Dacope, Bangladesh. WaterAid and and HSBC have been working together in Bangladesh since 2012 to provide climate-resilient clean water resources.

Arctic ready: Ahmed’s Marathon

  • WaterAid
  • 29 Jun 2018

In August, 100 brave HSBC employees will be trekking 100 kilometres across the Arctic to raise money for WaterAid. We’ve already shared with you some stories of how trekkers are preparing for the trek – in terms of both training and fundraising. This month, we’ve spoken to Ahmed who has recently completed the Copenhagen Marathon.

Why investors should care about WASH – new podcast

  • WaterAid
  • 11 Jun 2018

In collaboration with UN-PRI, WaterAid have published a new podcast talking about why investors should care about access to water and sanitation (WASH). The podcast discusses the impact of access to WASH on supply chains and productivity, and features views from Marc Robert of Water Asset Management and Michael Alexander of Diageo.

You can listen to the podcast on UN-PRI's website here: https://www.unpri.org/environmental-issues/why-should-investors-care-abo...

Parched earth and shrinking rivers: WaterAid releases list of water-scarce regions to watch

  • WaterAid
  • 5 Jun 2018

Cities and villages in northern and central India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, southern Madagascar and southern Mozambique are facing acute water scarcity threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions, new analysis by WaterAid shows.

Based on NASA satellite imagery released earlier this year, the analysis also examines current rates of access to water for rural and urban areas in most-affected regions.

Q&A with Arctic Trekker Amyn

  • WaterAid
  • 25 May 2018

In August, 100 brave HSBC employees will be trekking 100 kilometres across the Arctic to raise money for WaterAid. We were lucky enough to have a Q&A with Amyn Husain, the top fundraiser of the group so far having raised an incredible $10,502.34! Amyn shares what has motivated his commitment to fundraising, as well as some of his tips on fundraising and training for the upcoming trek.

Congratulations on being the top fundraiser Amyn, how did you do it?

Mineral rights to human rights: mobilising resources from the extractive industries in Nigeria for water, sanitation and hygiene

  • WaterAid
  • 17 May 2018

Anddy Omoluabi, Programme Director for WaterAid Nigeria, and John Garrett, Senior Policy Analyst – Development Finance at WaterAid UK, consider how Nigeria’s natural resource wealth can better contribute to ending the country’s water and sanitation poverty. You can download the full report here. 

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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. 

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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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