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Interview: Jacques Sourbier, HSBC Head of Commercial Banking France & HSBC Sustainability Lead, Continental Europe

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“When it comes to sustainability, the bank has a central role as businesses advisor”

What is your approach towards sustainable finance?

The HSBC Group has a business plan for the planet. We will provide between $750 billion and $1 trillion in finance to support our clients in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Group itself has set a target of being carbon-neutral by 2030.

We provide tailor-made support to our customers, considering their specific needs and their level of maturity in terms of CSR commitment when structuring deals that incorporate ESG criteria. We have positioned ourselves as a specialist in sustainable finance. This means that the strategic dialogue we have with our customers around CSR can inform their decision-making when it comes to structuring their financing for the future regardless of the debt markets targeted (credit, private placement, convertible bonds, etc.).

How does this work in practice?

In addition to financing, we offer our network of external partners*, together with our wealth of internal expertise in natural capital management - one of the key areas of the bank’s strategy. When it comes to sustainability, the bank has a real role as businesses advisor.

By integrating our ESG and banking expertise, we offer our customers a coherent, impactful approach. We provide our customers with ongoing support to help them build a sustainable business.

*https://www.business.hsbc.fr/fr-fr/finance-durable-multipartenariat?pid=HBFR:HN:1055:GEN:BRN:COP:0720:001:multipart:

In addition to financing, we offer our network of external partners, together with our wealth of internal expertise in natural capital management - one of the key areas of the bank’s strategy.

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