HSBC Water Programme

HSBC, Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF


Launched in 2012, the HSBC Water Programme brought together the expertise of HSBC, Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF over eight years, in a holistic approach to tackling the global water crisis. Water has been recognised as one of the top five climate change risks by severity of impact in the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risk Report. The water we drink, wash and grow crops with is under threat, risking human lives, habitats and species. A quarter of the world’s population live in ecosystems threatened by water scarcity, 785 million people live without access to clean water and two billion live without access to basic sanitation. It is a global problem which requires a global solution. 
The programme, which came to an end in December 2019, capitalised on the specialist skills and knowledge of each partner to provide and protect water sources and educate communities, enabling people, ecology and economies to prosper. The partnership accelerated significant progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6 and demonstrates the scale of impact possible through smart collaboration on a shared ambition. The HSBC Water Programme has addressed a multitude of complex water issues, achieving a more sustainable future for millions worldwide.

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