HSBC Water Programme

Launched in 2012 with a commitment of USD100 million over five years, the global HSBC Water Programme is a partnership with three non-governmental organisations – WWF, WaterAid and Earthwatch. The programme aims to improve water resource management in 10 key river basins and to provide access to safe water and sanitation to millions of people.

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All three programme partners have a significant presence in the country. India Corporate Sustainability works with Earthwatch Institute India, WaterAid India and WWF India.

Earthwatch Institute India has four long-term research projects in Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata. HSBC employees have been engaged in Citizen Science Leadership (CSL) training in the four cities, and are helped to lead urban freshwater research and monitoring in their communities. In 2014 alone, 253 HSBC employees in India completed the training and by June 2015, 338 employees had done so. Following the training, CSLs participate in Fresh Water Watch (FWW) activities to generate data that could help scientific research and support more informed policymaking.

WaterAid India has provided more than 300,000 people with access to safe water and another 390,000 with improved sanitation across Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other states.

WWF India has reached more than 277,000 people through its programmes, especially the three flagship campaigns — My Ganga, My Dolphin (Oct 2012); My Ganga, My Heritage (Dec 2012-March 2013), and Ramganga for life, Life for Ramganga (April 2013 onwards).

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