In 2002, Sue Alexander saw a poster on the office wall advertising Earthwatch expeditions as part of HSBC’s Investing in Nature programme. She signed up and joined a project monitoring forest marsupials.
The trip marked the beginning of a relationship with Earthwatch that would continue for almost two decades. Sue went on to lead two award-winning partnerships: HSBC Climate Partnership and the eight-year HSBC Water Programme, a collaboration with Earthwatch alongside WaterAid and WWF. The partnerships resulted in five regional Climate Centres with Earthwatch and engaged 40,000 staff in environmental issues.
Sue has long been interested in nature and her role at HSBC presented an opportunity to combine her personal interest in the environment with her professional belief in the power of large corporates to make a positive difference. She is particularly proud of the first five years of the HSBC Water Programme.
“The HSBC Group Chairman at that time, Douglas Flint, was passionate about the Programme and concepts. I was delighted to have a champion at the top of the organization who was so committed.”