HSBC’s Corporate Sustainability (‘CS’) activities take place within the context of the Group wide strategy. Sustainability is core to the way the local group operates and it is recognised that the bank has a responsibility that spreads far wider. We continue to recognise that we have a role within, and responsibility towards, the community we serve. To fulfil these roles and responsibilities, during 2016, the bank continued to utilise its resources in order to carry out a series of initiatives and projects designed to provide value to various sectors with the community.
The Catch the Drop campaign works with children to promote sustainable water use and conservation
In October 2013, The HSBC Malta Water Programme - Catch the Drop Campaign (a national environmental and educational water conservation campaign) was launched and this has reached every student in Malta and Gozo (total 50,000 students), as well as various local councils, with the main emphasis on water shortage, water consumption reduction and water harvesting. It raises awareness about the water scarcity issue, and provides information and tips as to how people can tackle it. This campaign was supported by a €540,000 grant from the HSBC Group. Our employees are at the heart of this campaign with over 500 members of staff volunteering to deliver the information sessions in all 172 schools around Malta and Gozo. The Catch the Drop Campaign is aimed at achieving two vital objectives: raising awareness about water conservation among people from all strata of society, and mobilising students through water projects to encourage their development as pro-active citizens for water conservation and environmental sustainability.
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In Malta the bank fulfils the Group’s CS strategy primarily through the HSBC Malta Foundation (the ‘Foundation’). The three pillars of the HSBC Malta Foundation, with a yearly budget of more than €300,000 aim to improve the quality of life and education for children, especially those disadvantaged, to promote and work towards a more sustainable environment and to preserve Malta’s rich and unique historical heritage. The total funds donated to Corporate Sustainability projects since 2000 until 2016 are circa €5M.
Voluntary work is highly encouraged and pride is taken in HSBC staff who contribute to the charities and causes that they feel passionate about. Colleagues are encouraged to take an active role in initiatives supported by the Foundation with an extra day’s leave granted for voluntary work. During 2016 HSBC colleagues volunteered for more than 275 days on a range of projects around the country; HSBC staff help to drive our commitment and passion for assisting in the community with the key objective of taking part and broadening the involvement level across the bank. Sustainability and our role as a good corporate citizen remains a core part of HSBC.
The prince of wales and H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca the president of malta with a number of students from the seven schools who were part of the launch of the prince’s trust XL/achieve
In November 2015, via the HSBC Malta Foundation, Malta became the first country outside of the UK to introduce one of The Prince’s Trust’s long-standing educational programmes in its secondary schools. One of its most successful programmes, XL/Achieve programme, is now available to young people in Malta to help them to develop the skills and confidence they need to reach a positive future, through relevant, engaging and informal learning.
When in Malta in November 2015, for the launch of this educational programme, HRH Prince Charles said: “I wanted to pay special tribute, if I may, to HSBC Malta who have made a tremendous commitment; as one of the very caring banks I’ve come across, funding the Prince’s Trust XL/Achieve Clubs in seven schools. And I have just met some of the young people who have taken part in the project and you can see already the difference it’s made in terms of self-confidence, motivation and the boost they have had as a result.”
The XL/Achieve programme has initially been introduced in 7 schools across Malta and Gozo with the full support of the Minister for Education and Employment and the number of schools increased to 20 as from this scholastic year 2016 - 2017.
HSBC Malta Foundation has been helping the Foster Care Unit since 2002. Along with the help given during the annual Christmas party, HSBC sponsors books which are donated to the children as Christmas presents.
The HSBC Malta Foundation funds counselling services to help children develop life skills and supports children with learning difficulties and behavioural issues to help them integrate further in society.
HSBC Malta Foundation extends its annual financial support to the Malta Hospice Movement’s Children Summer Club. Children between the age of 4 and 12 whose families are receiving support from the Hospice attend the club twice a week.
The annual Diabetes Camp is organised by the Maltese Diabetes Association in conjunction with the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre at the Department of Health and is sponsored by the HSBC Malta Foundation.
The HSBC Malta Foundation has been supporting the Office of the Commissioner’s three-day Rights 4U courses for children and young people to learn about their rights.
Two leading organisations – HSBC Malta Foundation and Vodafone Malta Foundation joined forces to fund an after–school educational programme for boys at St Joseph Home in Sta. Venera to improve their qualification success rate.
HSBC has been the sponsor of the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Malta for the past 16 years. The programme offers a high quality education programme which teaches students entrepreneurship and business skills in a practical way.
The HSBC Malta Foundation is supporting the OASI Foundation Gozo with regards the Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Services in relation to drug and alcohol abuse and other addictions.
The HSBC Malta Foundation has been supporting the Malta Community Chest Fund for various fundraising activities in aid of cancer patients, as well as visits to Maltese patients undergoing treatment in the UK.
The I-Land Observatory - Tal-Kuncizzjoni area Mgarr
The University of Malta’s Institute of Earth Systems has set up the I-Land Observatory and Interpretation Centre in the tal-Kuncizzjoni area of Mgarr with support from the HSBC Malta Foundation and the Mgarr Local Council.
It aims to study the local environment and biology and to promote environmental awareness, and greater appreciation for Malta’s natural and cultural heritage.
The HSBC Malta Foundation supports the Eco Schools environmental education programme which involves nearly 38,000 schools worldwide.
HSBC Malta installed 483 photovoltaic panels and commissioned seven electric vehicles including six charging points at the Bank’s operations centre in Qormi. The PV panels, which are on top of 10 of the bank’s offices, power our 37 offsite ATMs. As a result of this initiative – called ‘Simply Electric’ – the Bank’s emissions have reduced by an estimated 148 tonnes of CO2 per year.
During the Commonwealth Business Forum 2015, HSBC played an enhanced role during this Business Forum and was one of the sponsors of the Sustainability Session. At the concluding session HRH the Prince of Wales who touched upon the various forces hindering human and social development in the context of the then impending COP21 talks in Paris said “We do have a responsibility to act now, seize this opportunity, and build a truly resilient future, There are thankfully signs that things are being done, to help businesses navigate this new operative environment. I’m enormously grateful to a number of very central players, including HSBC.”
The HSBC Malta Foundation supported BirdLife Malta with regards to the rat eradication programme to increase the Yelkouan Shearwater colony in Mellieha.
CEO ANDREW BEANE listening to one of the restorers at Our Lady of Victory Church in Valletta
HSBC Malta Foundation has supported the restoration of the vaulted ceiling of the Our Lady of Victory Church in Valletta, which is adorned with a painting by the Maltese artist Alessio Erardi (1669-1727).
HSBC employees together with H.E. Charles J. Scicluna the archbishop of malta at the NATIONAL ARCHIVES in St. Christopher Street in Valletta
The HSBC Malta Foundation has given €100,000 to the preservation programme at the Notarial Archives in St Christopher St, Valletta, a collection of notarial documents spanning centuries.
HSBC staff volunteers are also supporting a project which has digitised more than 70,000 pages of historic documents.
The HSBC Malta Foundation has been supporting the annual Malta Lace Competition since 2008, which brings together lace makers and collectors to bolster this important part of Malta’s historical and cultural heritage.
The HSBC Malta Foundation has supported the restoration of the façade of the Banca Giuratale which is a baroque structure designed by Knight Charles Francois de Mondion. It was originally the seat of the Università, the municipal government of Gozo. After the abolishing of the Università during the British period, the Banca Giuratale housed various entities ranging from Gozo’s General Post office to the Civic Council for Gozo. It presently houses the offices of the Gozo Cultural Organising Committee and the Victoria Local Council.