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Responsible investing

We aim to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment decisions to generate sustainable, long-term returns.

ESG factors can materially impact a company’s long-term performance. Put simply, we believe companies that conduct their business in a responsible and sustainable way are more likely to deliver value over time.

Responsible investing is integral to our investment philosophy and approach. We invest in, and engage with, companies committed to long-term returns: these are likely to focus on stewardship, take account of their broader impact on society and avoid excessive risk-taking.

As at 31 March 2021:

Responsible Investment AUM: Assets managed according to at least one or more of the GSIA¹ seven styles of sustainable investing – USD 569 billion

  • Client-led exclusions²: Intentionally avoiding investments in companies, issuers, sectors or countries based on criteria related to potential negative sustainability outcomes or particular issues of concern – USD 4.4 billion

Sustainable Investment AUM: All dedicated sustainably invested assets which are managed according to the definitions below in addition to ESG integration, corporate engagement and shareholder action – USD 12.1 billion

  • ESG Enhanced: Covers the spectrum of approaches (e.g. ESG tilting, positive screening) to intentionally invest in companies based on relative ESG performance or momentum – USD 6.8 billion
  • Thematic: Actively investing in ESG related growth areas and trends, by seeking out companies or sectors that align with specific sustainable outcomes – USD 4.7 billion
  • Impact: Investing with proof of intent to deliver a direct, positive and measurable impact on society and/or the environment – USD 0.6 billion

Other: Assets where we do not yet formally implement at least one of the GSIA seven styles of sustainable investing – USD 52 billion


¹ Global Sustainable Investment Alliance
² One additional negative exclusion only alongside firm-wide exclusions is not sufficient to be included in Sustainable Investment AUM. This figure includes our multi-asset funds which can include investment in HSBC Asset Management funds.
Source: HSBC Asset Management, 31 March 2021


Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees, investment management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus and Fund Facts before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed or covered by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, HSBC Bank Canada, or any other government deposit insurer or financial institution. The net asset values of all mutual funds, including the Funds, change frequently and any past performance may not be repeated. For money market funds, there can be no assurances that such funds will be able to maintain its net asset value per security at a constant amount or that the full amount of your investment in the fund will be returned to you. Read more