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CASE STUDY: Sustainability Leadership Programme with HSBC

James Davies, Head of Marketing for HSBC UK, and formerly HSBC Canada, was crowned one of HSBC’s 2018 Global Sustainability Champions.

Since taking part in the Sustainability Leadership Programme in 2016 with Earthwatch, James has become a sustainability advocate within the bank. The award recognised his commitment to building knowledge of sustainable finance both within his team, and among clients looking to take advantage of green business opportunities.

“Four years ago I took part in the Sustainability Leadership Programme in the rainforests of Borneo. Going there and seeing deforestation with my own eyes immediately after hearing about the impacts of carbon loss in a classroom was very powerful. It really stuck with me and is very relevant to our work with some investors.”

The SLP acted as a catalyst for James to equip his team with a deeper understanding of sustainability. Since taking part he has built his team’s capacity around sustainable finance by encouraging his reports to take part in the HSBC Sustainability Training Programme, a third of whom have already done so. James also secured sponsorship of the largest sustainability event in North America, reaching 3,000 participating companies with information on HSBC’s sustainable finance strategy. He has led the production of thought-leadership pieces on sustainable finance and developed a range of case studies and articles that profile business opportunities in sustainability, and clients that exemplify green business.

“My team plays an important role in sharing the latest research and insights with businesses. Attending the SLP and STP has made us well placed to support businesses as they embed sustainability into their operations and take advantage of the opportunities arising from a low carbon economy.”

Along with his fellow winner Andrew Marshall, James will visit the freshwater conservation project, supported by the HSBC Water Programme in February 2020.


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