Latest newsFrom the HSBC Water Programme

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.

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.

Top 5 movies about rivers and wetlands

  • WWF
  • 27 Oct 2017

To help celebrate ‘World Day for Audiovisual Heritage’ here are some of the best movies about rivers, lakes and wetlands.

I love watching movies. I also happen to love fresh water, which can be a bit of a distraction, with me grumbling ‘turn the tap off!’ while the character brushes his or her teeth. Apart from that, when a movie’s theme connects to fresh water, I’m all in. Here are some of my favourites, spoiler-free.

Night Moves (2013)

The fall of Manchester of the East

  • WWF
  • 16 Oct 2017

We have been working with the leather tanneries in Kanpur for the past few years. Kanpur, with around 700 tanneries (around 400 are operational) is a major producer of leather and leather goods. Almost one-third of India’s leather export goes from Kanpur. Around one-fourth of India’s footwear factories are located in Kanpur and the cluster contributes to 40% of the country’s total footwear exports.

Mazingira Awards for Best Wastewater management in the Protected Areas. © WWF-Kenya

Appropriate wastewater management in the Mara

  • WWF
  • 14 Sep 2017

WWF-Kenya recently partnered with the Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda to recognise and reward best performing facilities in waste management in the Mara ecosystem. The partnership aims to raise awareness on the need for appropriate waste management and encourage more facilities to adopt the technology.

The degradation of the highlands will affect the water cycle of the lowlands, and this will lead to a loss of biodiversity © Mustafah Abdulaziz/ WWF-Brasil

Protecting the Pantanal isn’t enough when less than half its headwaters are protected

  • WWF
  • 13 Sep 2017

A study by WWF-Brazil, the Dom Bosco Catholic University (UCDB) and the Tuiuiú Foundation, has revealed bad news for the Pantanal: only 45% of the headwaters region of the Pantanal is preserved, and its legal reserve has a deficit of approximately 392,000 hectares.

Creating Partnerships for Change: The HSBC Water Programme at World Water Week 2017

  • WaterAid
  • 5 Sep 2017

WaterAid’s ambition is to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene available for everyone, everywhere by 2030. With 844 million people still living without access to clean water, and 2.3 billion without adequate sanitation, we do not underestimate the scale of this task. We know that achieving SDG Goal 6 (ensure access to water and sanitation for all) is only possible through committed partnerships across public, private and not for profit organisations. These partnerships have the potential to drive change in a number of ways. 


Winners of the Water Explorer Awards 2015

Water Explorer Awards 2015

  • Earthwatch
  • 28 Oct 2015

The winners of the first international Water Explorers Awards in partnership with the HSBC Water Programme have been announced at HSBC headquarters, London.

A nitrate test

High Nitrates Emergency Avoided Thanks to Citizen Science Leader

  • Earthwatch
  • 26 Oct 2015

Data gathered by Citizen Science Leaders has prevented a potential nutrient release in one of our FreshWater Watch cities in South East Asia.

Major milestones reached in citizen science study

  • Earthwatch
  • 26 Oct 2015

FreshWater Watch has reached two major milestones as the number of Citizen Science Leaders trained hit 5000 and the 10,000th data point was recorded. We caught up with the 5000th CSL and the citizen scientist who uploaded the 10,000th data point.

HSBC Employees Donate Water to Hospitals During Ramadan

  • Earthwatch
  • 19 Oct 2015

Volunteers from HSBC Algeria donate 900 bottles of drinking water to hospitals during Ramadan 2015.

HSBC Steve Irvine 10000th FreshWater Watch sample

FreshWater Watch Reaches Landmark 10,000th Water Sample

  • Earthwatch
  • 14 Oct 2015

"It’s really good that the bank is involved and they give us space to think about it as it touches lots of employees lives. It's not a huge amount of time to give up and it's great to be contributing."

HSBC Photography competition winner

HSBC Photography Competition 2015 Winners Announced

  • Earthwatch
  • 14 Oct 2015

The second annual HSBC Water Programme Photography Competition winners and runners up have been announced.  Talented entrants submitted their photos in five water categories.

The judges faced tough decisions and highly commended a number of entrants for their brilliant submissions.


Citizen Science Leader Elisangela with Scouts

Scouts Test São Paulo River

  • Earthwatch
  • 6 Oct 2015

Citizen Science Leader Elisangela did her first FreshWater Watch sampling in Brazil with a little help from the Albatroz Scouting Group. 

Phosphate and nitrate testing

10,000 Water Quality Tests for Ground Breaking Citizen Science Project

  • Earthwatch
  • 28 Sep 2015

Earthwatch is celebrating its FreshWater Watch programme reaching the 10,000th water quality measurement taken by one of hundreds of citizen scientists around the world.


How toilets save lives - what everyone was talking about at Glastonbury

  • WaterAid
  • 29 Jun 2016

This summer, WaterAid took its largest ever team of volunteers to Glastonbury festival. A team of 400 people, including 18 volunteers from HSBC, grabbed their wellies and headed down to Worthy Farm.

How reaching our goal is empowering communities in Ghana

  • WaterAid
  • 7 Jun 2016

With just over six months left of the five-year partnership, WaterAid has already surpassed their global targets under the HSBC Water Programme by reaching more than 1.4 million people with safe water and 2 million people with sanitation.

Nepal Earthquakes: One Year On

  • WaterAid
  • 15 Apr 2016

One year on from the devastating Nepal earthquakes, WaterAid is helping communities rebuild with the support of the HSBC Water Programme.

The water pump in Osukputu, Benue, Nigeria. A photo from the Water Stories exhibition.  Credit: WaterAid/ Mustafah Abdulaziz

Water stories from Nigeria – meet the people behind WaterAid’s projects

  • WaterAid
  • 8 Apr 2016

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, recently overtaking South Africa as the continent’s largest economy. However, nearly 60 million people still live without access to safe water and more than 100 million live without adequate sanitation.

The Water Stories photo exhibition recently launched in London with previously unexhibited images and stories from Nigeria. Here we meet some of the people behind WaterAid’s work supported by the HSBC Water Programme.

Improving Urban Sanitation in Karachi

  • WaterAid
  • 16 Feb 2016

WaterAid and the Orangi Pilot Project are improving urban sanitation and underground sewage systems in Pakistan with the support of the HSBC Water Programme.

Water Stories Photo Exhibition Comes to London

  • WaterAid
  • 16 Feb 2016

Water Stories, a photographic exhibition highlighting the global water crisis, will open in London to coincide with UN World Water Day, 22 March 2016.

WaterAid/ Isabelle Neill

Double celebrations at prestigious sustainability film awards

  • WaterAid
  • 24 Nov 2015

HSBC NOW and WaterAid have received two leading awards at the Tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in London.

WaterAid/ Nyani Quarmyne/ Panos

A Ghana diary

  • WaterAid
  • 20 Nov 2015

In November 2015, a team from HSBC Malta visited the Northern Region of Ghana to see WaterAid’s projects first-hand. Here, Astrid Micallef Saliba writes on behalf of the team.


HSBC Water Programme Award winners in the Pantanal: part 2

  • WWF
  • 5 May 2016

Winners from the 2015 HSBC Water Programme Awards are in full swing on their trip to the Pantanal, where WWF is working to protect the world's largest wetland. Today, Sarita Fernando, gives us her account of the second day.

©Anastasia-Taylor-Lind / Telegraph / WWF

HSBC Water Programme Award winners in the Pantanal: part 1

  • WWF
  • 4 May 2016

Winners from the 2015 HSBC Water Programme Awards have embarked upon their trip to the Pantanal, where WWF is working to protect the world's largest wetland.

Our biggest Earth Hour celebration yet

  • WWF
  • 5 Apr 2016

This year saw the biggest celebration for our planet ever, with 178 countries and territories participating in Earth Hour

Happy International Women’s Day!

  • WWF
  • 8 Mar 2016

We have a lot to celebrate today. Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, political and environmental achievement. 

Milestone reached for collective action to clean up the Yangtze’s Lake Tai

  • WWF
  • 26 Feb 2016

The Taihu Basin near Shanghai generates more than 11% of China’s GDP but this has taken its toll. Now, WWF has made significant head way in engaging all sectors of society to take collective action to tackle the challenge.

Dolphin pools, people and schools

  • WWF
  • 16 Feb 2016

How a Cambodian community is benefitting from protecting their local dolphins along one of Southeast Asia’s greatest waterways, the Mekong River.

Our Wetlands, Our Future

  • WWF
  • 1 Feb 2016

Five people whose livelihoods depend on the world’s wetlands share their stories for World Wetlands Day

Changing climate change: COP21, the Mekong and Earth Hour

  • WWF
  • 4 Jan 2016

Last month, the world’s largest climate conference took place in which world leaders concluded a global deal on climate change.


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