Corprate Bias Ratings
HSBC suspended an executive over his criticism of the company's tendency to "exaggerate" climate risks when investing. The executive later quit. HSBC vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination, but has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. The company is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. HSBC signed an open letter opposing the prohibition of the teaching of gender identity and sexual orientation to children and has supported World Pride in New York City. For these reasons, HSBC receives a "High Risk" rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
HSBC suspended a senior executive, the global head of responsible investing, after he criticized the bank’s policy on incorporating environmental risks into investing (1). He later quit, saying, “cancel culture destroys wealth and progress,” and went on to start his own endeavor (2). HSBC received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (3).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
HSBC restricts its giving to organizations supporting the environment, employability and financial literacy, and international humanitarian aid. It does not discriminate against faith-based charities in its giving (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
HSBC has a perfect score on the HRC’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. This score indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). The company signed an open letter opposing a Florida bill prohibiting schools from teaching gender identity and sexual orientation to children in K-3rd grade (3). HSBC Asset Management is part of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative, HSBC Bank Pension Trust is a member of the Paris Aligned Asset Owners, and HSBC Holdings PLC is a PCAF member, committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 (4)(5)(6). HSBC is a signatory of Climate Action 100+ (7).
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July 2, 2023
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