Our Impacts

The HSBC Water Programme has impacted the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. These are some of their stories…

Our Impacts

Tara Devi demonstrates the making of amrit pani, natural pesticide © Thomas Cristofoletti, WWF’

HSBC Water Programme Impacts Report 2019

The HSBC Water Programme has demonstrated how long-term collaborative partnerships are making a significant impact across the world. Read about the impact the HSBC Water Programme is having on people’s lives and livelihoods.


FreshWater Watch Impact Report

FreshWater Watch became the first citizen science initiative to research water at a global scale. It uncovered new insights into the key causes of water quality loss and ecosystem degradation, both globally and locally, triggering important conservation actions. This report demonstrates the social and environmental impact of the programme through case studies from FreshWater Watch research projects across the world.


Zuweira, who lives in Kulnyevula in the Northern Region of Ghana, with water she purchased from a water kiosk built by WaterAid with funding from the HSBC Water Programme.

Celebrating the HSBC Water Programme

In 2012 WaterAid began a unique partnership with HSBC. Together, we’ve reached millions of people with access to clean water, decent toilets and hygiene.

WaterAid Impact Report 2012-2016

Few resources are more essential to human health, happiness and development than water. Yet, 844 million people across the world still do not have access to clean water. This report outlines WaterAid’s impact during the initial 5 years of the HSBC Water Programme of delivering clean water and sanitation across six countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria.

Five Years, Five River Basins

WWF’s new report provides an overview of WWF’s work on protecting freshwater habitats and species, securing environmental flows and water quality, and improving water governance as part of the HSBC Water Programme. The report also draws out some success factors and common challenges, which WWF is seeking to build on and address as the HSBC Water Programme embarks on its second phase (2017-2020).

Mekong fishermen © WWF-Malaysia

Living Rivers – Part of the #WaterStories series

Billions of lives and species depend on our world’s rivers. WWF’s river stewardship work in five key river basins worldwide is helping to empower communities to actively protect their local rivers, improve water quality, protect habitats and species and enhance livelihoods for those who depend on rivers.

What the HSBC Water Programme has delivered

What the HSBC Water Programme has delivered

The programme has had a significant impact around the world.

  • We’ve helped to bring safe water to more than 1.6 million people and sanitation and hygiene to over 2.5 million people.
  • We’ve protected 1,826 km of river and 527,411 hectares of wetland across South America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia and China. These areas provide a home to over 1 billion people and some of the world’s most endangered species.
  • More than 8,000 HSBC employees have been trained as citizen scientists, collecting over 17,000 data points. Their results have contributed to the publication of 20 new scientific papers, providing important evidence to inform freshwater management and policy.