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HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG

HSBC Germany is part of the HSBC Group, one of the world's leading commercial banks with a network in 67 countries worldwide. HSBC Germany's clients are companies, institutional clients, the public sector and high net worth private clients. The Bank, which operates as HSBC Trinkaus Burkhardt AG, was founded in 1785 and has more than 2,800 employees in Düsseldorf and at a further eleven locations. As one of the oldest German banks, it has relied on long-term client relationships and sustainability for more than 230 years.
For HSBC, sustainability means establishing business activities for the long term and taking social, ecological and governance aspects into consideration in the decisions we take. From HSBC’s point of view, sustainable finance takes on a central role in reaching the Paris climate target. The growing significance of sustainable banking services and therefore the associated requirements made of its employees have already been a central topic for HSBC for some time. The Corporate Sustainability (CS) team, which coordinates our sustainability activities centrally and reports directly to the CEO, Carola Gräfin von Schmettow, was therefore already established in Germany in 2008. For HSBC climate change is the greatest challenge facing society. In order to enable the transition to a low-carbon economy, HSBC focused its strategy on the topic of sustainability in mid-2017. Since then almost every HSBC country unit has had a sustainability team that advises the respective business divisions. This includes the observance of sustainability criteria in the lending process, the preparation of sustainability figures as well as information on current sustainability topics. HSBC was also involved in the development of the Green Bond Principles, and more recently in the consultation process relating to the EU Commission’s Action Plan.

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04/20/2018 | HSBC strengthens energy policy

HSBC will stop providing financing for new coal-fired power plants as part of its efforts to support a transition to a low-carbon economy.

The move, announced in the bank’s latest update of its energy policy, will apply globally except for three countries where projects may be given specific dispensation if no reasonable energy alternative can be found.


Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.

econsense is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility.