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On the Frontlines of Change: WASH Volunteers

  • WaterAid
  • 8 Nov 2018

Shahrukh Mirza, Strategic Support Specialist at WateAid Bangladesh, tells us about her recent visit to a project in Tahirpur, funded by the HSBC Water Programme, where dedicated volunteers are strengthening access to water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the most remote areas of Bangladesh.

Making change in India: Entrepreneurship through sustainable business

  • WaterAid
  • 5 Nov 2018

WaterAid India partnered with India Today Television to contribute to a weekend series called The Social Change-Makers, which celebrates positive social change throughout India. WaterAid’s programme will look at the impacts of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects funded by HSBC in Lucknow, Kanpur and Dindori. You can watch the programme here. 

The Tremendous Treks: How HSBC Volunteers Raised money and awareness for WaterAid

  • WaterAid
  • 26 Oct 2018

In August, 100 brave individuals trekked 100 kilometres across Greenland to raise money for WaterAid. One of the trekkers, Elaine Kam, based in Canada, has shared her incredible Arctic Challenge story with us.  

What would you say to the idea of being dropped off on a remote island and having to trek 100 km in the wild, carrying all your supplies to get back to civilization? I said yes to this crazy but incredible opportunity to raise funds and awareness for WaterAid - and so did 98 other volunteers at HSBC, the international bank where I work.

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...

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International River Symposium

  • Earthwatch
  • 26 Sep 2016

Earthwatch India and Earthwatch Hong Kong share community engagement successes and digital innovations at the International River Symposium.

FreshWater Watch Rules the Radio Waves

  • Earthwatch
  • 21 Sep 2016

The subject of fresh water dominated the airwaves as radio stations spoke to Earthwatch’s Dr Ian Thornhill and primary school teacher Tracy Guild during a morning of dedicated interviews.

On the penultimate day of World Water Week, Ian and Tracy spoke to 18 radio stations across the UK about water pollution and educating our citizens of the future about fresh water. Interviews were aired from 1 – 7 September and reached 3,018,000 listeners.

HSBC Water Programme Partnership Announced as Awards Finalists

  • Earthwatch
  • 21 Sep 2016

Earthwatch and HSBC have been shortlisted for Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Financial Institution for their joint work in the HSBC Water Programme. The awards, run by Charity Times Magazine, celebrate best practice in the UK charity and non-profit sector.

HSBC employees discuss World Water Week impacts

  • Earthwatch
  • 15 Sep 2016

Powerful speeches and a year’s worth of conversations in a matter of days - were some of the comments on this year’s World Water Week - where the key players and influencers in water policy, science and education met in Stockholm.

HSBC employees and citizen scientist leaders gathered for a morning’s review of World Water Week. Interesting highlights were presented by a panel of experts from WWF, Earthwatch and WaterAid who attended the conference, and then employees opened up a discussion with the panel on pertinent issues.

World Water Week 2016 begins

  • Earthwatch
  • 29 Aug 2016

Earthwatch Europe has arrived in Stockholm for the international World Water Week. We will be showcasing the local and global achievements of our FreshWater Watch citizen scientists, and sharing the power of our partnership in the HSBC Water Programme.

New Freshwater Watchers in Mauritius

  • Earthwatch
  • 26 Jul 2016

A new HSBC Water Programme initiative, which launched on World Environment Day, is now underway in Mauritius. The ultimate aim is to foster interest in the environment and Citizen Science.

Citizen Science success celebrated

  • Earthwatch
  • 22 Jul 2016

Earthwatch celebrates 15,000 water quality samples and the final Citizen Science Leader training day in the UK. 

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On the Frontlines of Change: WASH Volunteers

  • WaterAid
  • 8 Nov 2018

Shahrukh Mirza, Strategic Support Specialist at WateAid Bangladesh, tells us about her recent visit to a project in Tahirpur, funded by the HSBC Water Programme, where dedicated volunteers are strengthening access to water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the most remote areas of Bangladesh.

Making change in India: Entrepreneurship through sustainable business

  • WaterAid
  • 5 Nov 2018

WaterAid India partnered with India Today Television to contribute to a weekend series called The Social Change-Makers, which celebrates positive social change throughout India. WaterAid’s programme will look at the impacts of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects funded by HSBC in Lucknow, Kanpur and Dindori. You can watch the programme here. 

The Tremendous Treks: How HSBC Volunteers Raised money and awareness for WaterAid

  • WaterAid
  • 26 Oct 2018

In August, 100 brave individuals trekked 100 kilometres across Greenland to raise money for WaterAid. One of the trekkers, Elaine Kam, based in Canada, has shared her incredible Arctic Challenge story with us.  

What would you say to the idea of being dropped off on a remote island and having to trek 100 km in the wild, carrying all your supplies to get back to civilization? I said yes to this crazy but incredible opportunity to raise funds and awareness for WaterAid - and so did 98 other volunteers at HSBC, the international bank where I work.

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...

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Davy Yan in Lingering Garden, Suzhou © Xiaodong Sun

End of Yangtze, Start of A New Journey. Reflection of Day Five of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners

  • WWF
  • 20 Feb 2017

By Davy Yan, RBWM representative, HSBC China

I was born in Shanghai, where Yangtze River passes through, before reaching the East China Sea. Since  primary school, we have learned to treat Yangtze as our "Mother River" and be proud of many gifts it brings to us. We drink its fresh water, build largest inner river port on it, consume fish cultivated from its water system, and more recently utilize the electricity power generated from the Three Gorges Dam

Traditional garden in Suzhou, China © Xiaodong Sun

Reflexiones del cuarto dia

  • WWF
  • 17 Feb 2017

Por Tania Ramirez, ganadora del programa por el agua de HSBC ‎

Durante estos días de visita en China, he podido constatar una vez más, que el desarrollo sustentable no interfiere con la preservación de nuestra historia y tradiciones milenarias; antes bien con base en el trabajo y engagement de la comunidad, organizaciones preocupadas por el medio ambiente, empresarios y el gobierno es posible realizar las mismas tareas con un nuevo enfoque, respetando las tradiciones y la cultura sin dejar de lado El Progreso.

Traditional garden in Suzhou, China © Xiaodong Sun

Culture and Sustainable Development. Reflections of Day Four of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners' trip to China

  • WWF
  • 17 Feb 2017

By Tania Ramirez, HSBC Water Programme‎ Award Winner, Mexico.

During my visit to China, I have confirmed my belief that  when governments, companies, environmental organisations, and local communities work together, it is possible to find solutions that are compatible with a country's tradition and culture whilst not preventing development.

Dean Bruce at Dontging Lake © Xiaodong Sun

From Problem to Progress. Reflections of Day Three of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners' trip to China

  • WWF
  • 16 Feb 2017

By Dean Bruce, HSBC Water Programme Award Winner, Canada

Back home in Vancouver, I too often focus on the problem and how to solve it. My experience in China so far has taught me to focus on the progress instead. It would be easy to highlight my frustration with it being simpler to obtain WiFi and tobacco than to get drinkable water from a tap, or that buildings seem to be developed at the same rate at which they are deteriorating; however, that wouldn't be representative of the inspiring work I've witnessed in the past few days. 

Freshwater aquaculture project, Lake Hong © Yudhi Sutrisna

Freshwater Aquaculture on the Yangtze. Reflections of Day Two of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners' trip to China

  • WWF
  • 15 Feb 2017

By ‎Yudhi Sutrisna, HSBC Water Programe Award Winner, Indonesia

China is the world leader in freshwater aquaculture production, the sector is not only important for the country's economy, employment and food security, but also has a big impact on the environment.

Some of the sector's practices have been identified as contributing to pollution in the Yangtze River and may, therefore, threaten the Yangtze basin's ecology.

Dongting Lake © Xiaodung Sun

What Price Development? Reflections of Day One of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners' trip to China

  • WWF
  • 14 Feb 2017

By Sunil Kumar, HSBC Water Programme Award winner, India

Even as I was flying in to Wuhan yesterday, I was looking forward to listening and understanding about the partnership between HSBC and WWF to conserve the Yangtze. In my mind, there were so many questions on what issues were being addressed through the Yangtze Project, something that HSBC & WWF have been associated with for over 15 years now. A journey that, I was told, started very much from the city of Wuhan.

Annual Award Winners arrive in China © Xiaodung Sun

Annual Award Winners arrive in China

  • WWF
  • 14 Feb 2017

The four winners of the HSBC Water Programme Awards 2016 arrived in Wuhan, China on Sunday 12 February to start their week long visit to see WWF's work on the Yangtze. The winners here to enjoy their prize trip are Tania Ramirez, Mexico, Dean Bruce, Canada, (Global Citizen Science Leaders of the Year) Sunil Kumar, India, (Global Champion of the Year) and Yudhi Sutrisna, Indonesia, (Overall Photography winner).

An aerial view of the Pantanal

Why worry about Wetlands?

  • WWF
  • 2 Feb 2017

Today is World Wetlands Day, commemorating the signing of the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in 1971. More importantly, it’s a day to celebrate the amazing diversity and value of wetlands around the globe.

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