At HSBC’s annual awards for employees involved in the HSBC Water Programme, staff were thanked for bringing energy and a sense of fun to help inspire others to take part in hands-on science around the world.
The HSBC Water Programme, with partners Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, demonstrates what an organisation can achieve in empowering its people to become part of the solution.
As well as funding vital water infrastructure and conservation projects, HSBC has inspired its global staff to learn about this vital issue, to develop knowledge but also to take action; creating a staff-led movement working towards a common good. HSBC staff have contributed almost 100,000 hours to monitoring freshwater quality in 35 cities.
The award judges agreed that the quality of the submissions from Citizen Science Leaders (CSLs), Water Champions and budding photographers was very high this year.
Celebrating a joint win!
Dean Bruce from Canada and Tania Ramirez from Mexico were named as joint winners for HSBC’s Citizen Science Leaders of 2016. The applications for this award showed that the CSLs had not only been inspired to act on fresh water issues, they had also developed other skills such as public speaking and leadership.
Award Winners: Dean Bruce and Tania Ramirez (Credit: Hugh Mehta)
Global water champion
Congratulations to this year’s HSBC Global Water Champion winner - Sunil Kumar from India.
Victoria McMillan, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Earthwatch, helped judge both the CSL and Water Champion categories thanked the HSBC participants: “Our passion is to empower people to take action to save our planet. 8,000 trained HSBC staff and every applicant to today’s awards have committed themselves to that cause.
“Without your passion for understanding the issue, your dedication to collecting robust, regular data and your commitment to your local water bodies, our scientists would not have the valuable information that they do today.”
Capturing insights into human and wildlife interaction with water as well as fresh water challenges through the lens has created a stunning collection of inspiring images. View the competition gallery to see all the winning entries, runner ups and highly commended.