Business Plan for the Planet

HSBC is committed to a sustainable future. We are dedicating between $750bn and $1trn, alongside expert guidance and support, to help our 1.5 million customers – and their partners – make a lasting sustainable transition to help us all thrive in a low carbon economy. We also pledge to become a net zero carbon business ourselves by 2030 or sooner.


Whether you are a business or an investor, HSBC has a deep understanding of international approaches to Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) practices. Our wealth of research and insights can help you better understand the spectrum of ESG, and how to make the transformative sustainable decisions that will help grow your business into the future.



The Sustainable Financing and Investing Survey 2020

Our global survey of 1,000 issuers and 1,000 investors reveals that sustainable investing is becoming mainstream and shows how the effects of COVID-19 are changing attitudes amongst market participants.


Navigator: Sustainability

The vast majority of businesses see sustainability as a priority. They are grabbing the opportunity of change and transformation to prioritise sustainability and build back better. Our Navigator Report gives you the insight and viewpoint of more than 10,000 companies from 39 countries and territories. Find out how they are responding to the ongoing challenges and preparing for the future.


Global Research Insights

 US regaining climate lead

President’s pledge to cut emissions puts pressure on others to target net-zero

 Oil’s pathway to net-zero

European companies will need carbon offsets to achieve 2050 emissions goals

 Retailer risks from supply chains

Lack of transparency over the origin of goods is a threat to retailers’ reputations

 New renewables wave in ASEAN

Wind and solar generation capacity could almost double by 2025 in leading Southeast Asian nations

 Rebuilding a climate-resilient US

President’s ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure plan creates jobs while pursuing climate goals

 Fragile planet 2021

We’ve ranked 77 countries on their resilience or vulnerability to a range of climate risks

 Carbon capture’s crucial decade

Technology can help world achieve net-zero emissions, but companies must be attracted

 The pathway to net-zero emissions

Power, transport, buildings and industry can cut the emissions gap to net-zero by 81% by 2050

 China electric vehicles

Driving demand in the world’s biggest car market

 Towards low carbon shipping

Batteries, biofuels, hydrogen, ammonia and digitalisation can all help decarbonisation

 Combating climate change with circularity

A circular economy can help the world meet key sustainability targets

 From gender to race

US leads in putting racial diversity on investors’ ESG agenda for companies

 Net-zero yes, but how?

Green-bond investors want to know how issuers will achieve emission neutrality

 Mainland China gets greener

Solar and wind capacity has grown faster than expected as country aims for carbon neutrality

 This is hydrogen’s decade

The green gas can fuel transport, heat buildings and power industry

 US set for climate action

Democrats’ control of Capital Hill allows Joe Biden to bring sweeping change

 2021 is a key year for climate change

Science will be highly visible as climate pledges trickle in throughout the year

 Biden aims to ‘make America green’

Cities and states will support new president’s agenda even if Senate does not

 Is ECB Green QE coming soon?

Problems in including green bonds in asset-purchase programmes can be overcome

 Asia’s green finance booms

Investors eager for region’s dollar-denominated green bonds

 ESG integration helps everybody

It is no magic wand but it is a key part of the analytical toolkit for investors and companies.

 Japan advances net zero date

Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 will require economic restructuring

 Better batteries power rise of electric vehicles

EVs move ever closer to being a mass-market proposition

 Climate in the COVID era

Six key developments to watch

 Waste not want not

Packaging is polluting but it cuts food waste

 Continental shift

Can MENAT region make meaningful steps towards a low-carbon economy?

 COVID-19 tweaks Europe’s Green Deal

Climate-neutral scheme becomes key to European recovery plan

 Pandemic compounds plastics problem

But could bugs be a solution to plastic pollution?

 Airlines’ CO2 emissions grounded – for now

Pandemic mothballs least efficient planes but delays low-carbon replacements

 Carbon-pricing after coronavirus

A Q&A on how the pandemic is affecting schemes designed to reduce emissions

 Social bonds ‘do things’ to counter coronavirus

Issuance finances healthcare and other pandemic responses