HSBC sets out net zero ambition

HSBC is setting out an ambitious plan to prioritise financing and investment that supports the transition to a net zero global economy – and helps to build a thriving, resilient future for society and businesses.

At the heart of the plan is a pledge to reduce financed emissions from our portfolio of customers to net zero by 2050 or sooner, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Read about our commitments here.


The Sustainable Financing and Investing Survey

In this fourth year of running the survey the results have highlighted notable trends shaping sustainable finance. Each of the 1,000 issuers and 1,000 investors across the 15 markets and four regions are asked the same questions and the results are compiled and analysed to deliver relevant insights.

Key Highlights:

  • Pandemic strengthens commitment to ESG issues: Nearly 30 per cent of investors (and 40 per cent in Asia) affirm that the pandemic has strengthened their commitment to considering ESG issues.
  • Sustainable Investment demonstrating mainstream themes: In this year’s Survey, the main drivers for environmental & social engagement are risk & return (49 per cent) and external pressures (43 per cent society’s expectations and 41 per cent regulators).
  • Full Disclosure on the rise: In 2019 only 24 per cent of investors disclosed the ESG characteristics of their whole portfolios. This proportion has now reached 35 per cent globally (42 per cent in the Americas and 46 per cent in the US.)
  • Demand reducing obstacles to ESG Investing: In 2019, 61 per cent of investors globally reported obstacles to sustainable investing; now less than half (46 per cent) do.
  • Common standards in ESG data vital: The biggest problem for Investors is that they feel Issuers’ ESG data is not comparable enough. 50 per cent of them globally find this an obstacle to full and broad ESG investing. This is even greater for Institutions in the Americas (56 per cent), the Middle East (55 per cent) and France (58 per cent) who feel particularly strongly about this.


Our global survey of 1,000 issuers and 1,000 investors reveals that sustainable investing is becoming mainstream and shows how the effects of COVID-19 are changing attitudes amongst market participants.

Results from HSBC’s sustainable finance and investing survey in the Americas show a strong trend toward green and ESG options

Issuers and investors in Asia show the strongest commitment to environmental and social issues of any region and the most optimism for the potential of sustainable infrastructure investment.

European issuers are showing increasing commitment to green and sustainable financing, according to HSBC’s survey of capital markets issuers and investors in the region.

Changes in attitude towards green infrastructure, social welfare and sustainable finance are taking place in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region, according to HSBC’s survey of capital markets issuers and investors on ESG.

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