The HSBC Water Programme's far-reaching, life-changing impact has provided 1.72 million people with clean water and over 2.7 million with sanitation, accelerating change in six focus countries – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria. For the second phase of the HSBC Water Programme, from 2017-19, WaterAid has accelerated change for the poorest communities in our six focus countries in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals. Building on the success of the two phases of the HSBC Water Programme, in 2017 HSBC and WaterAid launched a new three year project to deliver essential water and sanitation services in apparel factories and nearby communities in Bangladesh and India. As well as improving living and working conditions, this funding is enabling WaterAid to pilot test metrics as part of the wider Business Case for WASH project, which aims to provide evidence of the business benefits and financial value of WASH interventions. As a leading global trade bank, HSBC recognises its unique role in supporting a shift to sustainability in global supply chains, which this project will support. Together, HSBC and WaterAid continue to drive action towards a shared ambition of a sustainable future – focusing on the sustainability of global supply chains in the apparel sector and the well-being of workers.
UN Sustainability Development Goals
Since 1981, WaterAid has reached over 25 million people all over the world with clean water and decent toilets. But the scale of the global water crisis is simply too big for one charity. 844 million people still don’t have clean water close to home, and 2.3 billion don’t have a decent toilet. We need the political will and force of Governments to tackle the crisis, which is why we campaigned (successfully!) for the United Nations to adopt Goal 6. Goal 6 is all about ending the global water crisis, and reaching everyone with clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Without those essentials, none of the other goals can be achieved. In order to achieve the 2030 deadline, we're working with Governments at all levels to develop plans and policies that will enable them to reach everyone with water and sanitation.