A sustainable approach, for Canadian businesses

Finance has a crucial role to play in tackling climate change – and globally, HSBC is recognised as a leading partner in the transition to a low-carbon world. We are committed to supporting responsible economic growth and enabling the low-carbon transition using sustainable finance.

In Canada, HSBC can help you navigate the sustainable finance world. We can deliver a consistent global banking experience with sustainable solutions and insights to support your business needs.  


What is sustainable finance?

We define sustainable finance as any form of financial service which integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into business or investment decisions.

Sustainable finance covers both the financing and the investment activities needed to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular action to combat climate change.

A key objective for HSBC Bank Canada is to provide financing to enable the transition to a low-carbon economy and to help clients manage transition risk. Sustainable financing includes providing credit and lending facilities, as well as advisory services or access to capital markets.

Sustainable finance helps businesses transition from carbon-intensive activities, as well as develop the new energy sources, technology and infrastructure needed for a cleaner future.

HSBC Bank plc. became the largest green, social and sustainability (GSS) bond market underwriter globally in 2019, with HSBC Bank Canada ranking third locally. More information can be found on our global green and sustainability bonds page.

In 2019 HSBC Bank plc. was named the World’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance and also won the Best Bank for Sustainable Finance in both Asia and the Middle-East at the Euromoney Awards for Excellence.


Our sustainable finance commitments

Our five pledges


Centre of Sustainable Finance

HSBC’s Centre of Sustainable Finance leads and shapes the debate around sustainable finance and investment. The centre publishes research reports covering key themes such as greening the Belt and Road Initiative, energy evolution and climate change risk assessment.

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