“We are delighted to be working with HSBC UK, thought leaders in this field, to educate the entrepreneurs of the future on the impact their decisions will have for the future of business and the world.’’
– Michael Mercieca, CEO of Young Enterprise
HSBC have been supporting Young Enterprise’s ‘Company Programme’ for over thirty years. As part of our joint ongoing commitment to improvement, the 2018/19 academic year saw Young Enterprise and HSBC UK working more closely together than ever before, to launch a new sustainable approach to creating a YE student company. Sustainability means building a business for the future by balancing social, environmental and economic considerations in the decisions we make. Michaela Wright, Head of Corporate Sustainability at HSBC UK, says,
“For us, sustainability is about operating a commercially viable business while ensuring you consider the social, environmental and ethical impacts. Whether you are a small company just starting out, or an established operator, it means thinking about your business over the long-term.”
This year YE and HSBC UK launch a new ‘Sustainability Award’ at the Company Programme Finals. However, in the long-term Young Enterprise are working towards embedding sustainable considerations into the core of the programme itself, ensuring that all young people have thought about the social, environmental and ethical effect of their business.
“This is an issue that matters to younger generations. Indeed, a recent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (sponsored by HSBC Private Bank), found that 87 per cent of millennials believe that business success should be measured by more than just financial performance, and 93 per cent believe that social impact is key to their investing decisions,” says Michaela.
Michael Mercieca, CEO of Young Enterprise, says,
“We are delighted to be working with HSBC UK, thought leaders in this field, to educate the entrepreneurs of the future
on the impact their decisions will have for the future of business and the world.’’