Can a bank’s water programme transform lives?

We all need water, yet 844 million people across the world are unable to access clean water. Since 2012, HSBC has partnered with WWF and Earthwatch to bring WaterAid’s expertise to tackle the global water challenge, providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.


The HSBC Water Programme supports livelihoods by tackling the global water challenge across four key areas: water provision, protection, education and scientific research. Committed to supporting Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, it is (now) an eight-year $150 million programme, bringing clean water and sanitation to people in countries including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria.


  • Over 1.6 million people now have access to clean water.
  • Over 2.5 million people now have improved hygine.
  • Over 1,826 km of river and 527,411 hectares of wetland is now protected globally.
  • Over 8,000 HSBC employees are trained as citizen scientists, collecting over 17,000 data points, leading to the publication of 20 new scientific papers.


On 25 April 2015 a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, damaging essential infrastructure across the country. Thanks to the programme, infrastructure such as taps and toilets has been restored using a “build back better” approach, making communities less vulnerable to natural disasters by strengthening the infrastructure.

One such example is Krishna Sunuwar’s village, who before could access to only 14 taps. They now have 26 taps, and have begun to construct toilets. Greater access to clean water will help people live free of disease, dramatically improving the health of the people living in this village.

Aftershock, Nepal’s untold water story, is a virtual reality documentary created by WaterAid and the HSBC Water Programme. The documentary tells the story of the events of 2015 and the subsequent journey to a brighter future after the earthquake. Using virtual reality, an immersive experience helps us understand this story and the work of WaterAid.

This story shows how HSBC supports Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, specifically Target 6.1: “By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.”

About HSBC

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. It aims to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and ultimately helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

Learn more about HSBC, WWF, Earthwatch, WaterAid and Aftershock, Nepal’s untold water story.

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