HSBC Company Overview

Industry
Banking and Consumer Lending
Founded
1865

Strategy

Founded in 1865 to finance trade between Asia and the West, today HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations serving some 52 million customers. Our aim is to be acknowledged as the world’s leading international bank.

Our history

HSBC was born from one simple idea – a local bank serving international needs. In March 1865, HSBC opened its doors for business in Hong Kong, and today we serve around 52 million customers in 74 countries and territories.
The experiences of the past 149 years have formed the character of HSBC. A glance at our history explains why we believe in capital strength, in strict cost control and in building long-term relationships with customers. HSBC has weathered change in all forms – revolutions, economic crises, new technologies – and adapted to survive. The resulting corporate character enables HSBC to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Our purpose

HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. With more than 6,200 offices in both established and emerging markets, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

We serve around 52 million customers through our four Global Businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. Our network covers 74 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Latin America.

Listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by about 216,000 in 129 countries and territories.

Structure and network

Headquartered in London, HSBC operates through long-established businesses and an international network of more than 6,200 offices in 74 countries and territories.

For more about our sustainable approach to banking, visit www.hsbc.com/sustainability.

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