HSBC hosts Helping Hands Mela 2016 across its branches in India

India CSR News Network

MUMBAI: HSBC’s Helping Hands Mela, a unique annual event that brings NGOs across the country into HSBC’s premises, is scheduled this year from 24 October to 29 October 2016.

During this period, HSBC invites local NGOs into its branches to display their products and art, and craft designs. It gives NGOs and communities an opportunity to sell their products at prime HSBC locations to customers and the general public. The proceeds of the sale go towards supporting a charitable cause in communities where the NGOs have a presence.

This is the sixteenth year of the Mela and around 100 NGOs will be participating. 25 HSBC branches across 14 cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nasik, New Delhi, Noida, Pune will host the Mela.

The Mela provides an opportunity for HSBC employees to interact closely with NGOs and understand the issues facing communities around them.

HSBC India welcomes all its customers and the general public to the Helping Hands Mela to make it a huge success by contributing to the welfare of communities, by purchasing products displayed at the Mela.

HSBC takes pride in its contribution to communities in the areas in which it operates and is also a responsible corporate citizen working in the areas of education, financial inclusion, environment and climate change.

HSBC’s corporate sustainability strategy includes the development of sustainable business opportunities, management of its own environmental footprint, and its community investments. The bank has a long term commitment to the communities in which it operates. Our financial inclusion initiatives support education of children from underprivileged communities, life skills training for disadvantaged youth and financial literacy and entrepreneurship capacity building for rural women in marginalised communities. HSBC’s environmental initiatives support water harvesting, habitat and biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, water and climate change awareness.

At HSBC, employee volunteering is a core component of our commitment to supporting the communities and also provides our employees with the opportunity to experience and learn about the issues that matter in their community and to apply this new knowledge and experience at work.

For more information on HSBC’s sustainability initiatives in India, please visit