HSBC’s Helping Hands Mela, a unique annual event that brings NGOs across the country into HSBC’s premises, is scheduled this year from 2 November to 9 November 2015. During this period, HSBC invites local NGOs to come to its branches across the country and display their products, and arts and craft designs. It gives NGOs and communities an opportunity to sell their products at prime HSBC locations to customers as well as the general public. The proceeds of the sale go towards supporting a charitable cause in communities where the NGOs have a presence.
This is the fifteenth year of the Mela and over 100 NGOs will be participating with community work profiles ranging from child welfare, tribal development, welfare of the physically and mentally challenged, rural development and arts and crafts development.
47 HSBC branches across 25 cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Noida, New Delhi, Nasik, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Trivandrum, Thane and Visakhapatnam will be participating in the Mela.
HSBC India welcomes all its customers and the general public to the Helping Hands Mela to make it a huge success by contributing in the maximum manner possible to the welfare of communities, by purchasing products displayed at the Mela.
The HSBC Helping Hands Mela also provides an opportunity for HSBC employees to interact closely with NGOs and understand the issues facing the communities around them. HSBC takes pride in its contribution to communities in each area where it operates and is a responsible corporate citizen working in the areas of:
- Education and Financial Inclusion
HSBC supports education of children from underprivileged communities, life skills training for disadvantaged youth, financial literacy and entrepreneurship capacity building for rural women in disadvantaged communities.
- Environment and Climate Change
HSBCs supports climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem conservation and climate change awareness. We also identify business opportunities that have an environmental or social dimension with a focus on energy, water and microfinance.
HSBC and Sustainability
HSBC's corporate sustainability strategy includes the development of sustainable business opportunities, management of its own environmental footprint, and its community investments. The bank has a long term commitment to the communities in which it operates. Our financial inclusion initiatives support education of children from underprivileged communities, life skills training for disadvantaged youth and financial literacy and entrepreneurship capacity building for rural women in marginalised communities. HSBC’s environmental initiatives support water harvesting, habitat and biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, water and climate change awareness.
At HSBC, employee volunteering is a core component of our commitment to supporting the communities and also provides our employees with the opportunity to experience and learn about the issues that matter in their community and to apply this new knowledge and experience at work.
For more information on HSBC’s sustainability initiatives in India, please visit www.hsbc.co.in.
About HSBC India
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in India offers a full range of banking and financial services through 50 branches and 140 ATMs across 29 cities.
HSBC is one of India's leading financial services groups, with over 32,000 employees in its banking, investment banking and capital markets, asset management, insurance, software development and global resourcing operations in the country. It is a leading custodian in India. Nearly 6% of India's trade passes through HSBC. The Bank is at the forefront in arranging deals for Indian companies investing overseas and foreign investments into the country.
Photo Caption: Stuart P Milne, Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC India inaugurates the Helping Hands Mela 2015, a unique annual event that brings NGOs across the country into HSBC's premises. The event is being held in 47 HSBC branches across 25 cities from November 2 – November 9.