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We are committed to supporting our 1.5 million clients all over the world to make the transition toward net zero. The path to net zero will look different for different customers and industries. From renewable energy to supply chains, we have the dedicated knowledge and suite of sustainable products to help you achieve your environmental and business ambitions.

Green Loans

Green loans provide a highly accessible way for companies of all sizes to align their financing with their sustainability strategy.

HSBC Bank Canada’s green finance proposition - HSBC Green Loans - meets the requirements of the Loan Market Association’s Green Loan Principles. The principles provide a consistent methodology across the green loan market.

Starting at $500,000 CAD, HSBC Green Loans fund eligible sustainability projects. Commercial mortgages and leasing are also eligible for an HSBC Green Loan.

Please take a look at our Green Loans factsheet (PDF, 413KB)

HSBC is a market leader in the bonds space, underwriting more Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds than any other bank globally. We are innovators with new formats such as Sustainability Linked and Transition Bonds.

Green, social and sustainability (GSS) bonds

GSS bonds enable companies to invest in new and existing projects with environmental and social benefits.

GSS bonds align to four pillars of the Green, Social or Sustainable Bond Principles established by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA).

Four Pillars of the Green Bond Principles/Social/Sustainability Bond Principles

  1. Identify use of the proceeds
  2. Develop a process for the project evaluation and selection
  3. Determine your strategy for management of the proceeds
  4. Develop a reporting strategy and your commitments

Sustainability-Linked Bonds

Sustainability-linked bonds align to the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles established by ICMA. They include any type of bond instrument for which the financial and/or structural characteristics can vary depending on whether the issuer achieves predefined Sustainability/ESG objectives.

 

Transition Finance

HSBC co-chaired the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) working group that developed the Climate Transition Finance Guidelines. The new guidelines act as additional guidance for issuers seeking to utilize green bonds, sustainability bonds or sustainability-linked bonds towards the achievement of their climate transition strategy.

Sustainable Supply Chains

Supply chains are one of the most important levers for banks and businesses to create a positive effect on the world. A typical consumer company’s supply chain creates far more social and environmental impacts than its own operations, accounting for more than 80% of greenhouse-gas emissions and more than 90% of the impact on air, land, water, biodiversity, and geological resources.1

As a leading international bank, we play a unique role in supporting a shift to sustainability in global supply chains. HSBC is embedding sustainability into the products and services we offer to customers, with the aim of supporting enhanced sustainability in its customers’ supply chains.

Sustainable Supply Chain Finance

HSBC offers a sustainable supply chain finance solution, which addresses customers’ working capital needs through a tiered pricing solution based on the company’s methodology for measuring the sustainability performance of its suppliers.

Two examples of sustainable supply chain finance programs HSBC supports are with German sportswear company PUMA SE and U.S. retail giant Walmart Inc. The first-of-its kind program for the apparel industry with PUMA incentivizes improvements to suppliers’ social, environmental and health and safety standards. The scheme with Walmart, set up in 2019, pegs a supplier's financing rate to its sustainability credentials, including progress on cutting carbon emissions.

1 McKinsey & Company, “Starting at the source: Sustainability in supply chains”, November 2016

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