SEBA-HSBC Sustainability Leadership Fellow Returned from Oxford

The School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) selected Dr. Linda Herkenhoff to be its first SEBA-HSBC Sustainability Leadership Fellow representative. Herkenhoff was one of three guests, including Nigel Millington from BT and Stuart Dommet from Intel, invited to participate as an HSBA Sustainability Leadership Fellow at Oxford.

As a participant of this workshop, Herkenhoff explains, “HSBC already has an impressive record in the area of sustainable leadership. This workshop provided real-time observation of how HSBC inspires managers to embrace the concept of sustainability.”  Dr. Herkenhoff and other attendees listened to podcasts and kept learning journals to complete assignments in so as to document their work and the relation between climate change and sustainability. The last part of the program focused on discussing how the participants could build sustainability into the day to day running of a business, and way to reduce their environmental footprint. 

Saint Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) recently developed the partnership with HSBC, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organization, in the area of responsible business. Through this partnership, HSBC invited one SEBA faculty member per year to participate in its Sustainability Leadership Programs.

In partnership with Earthwatch, the HSBC Sustainable Leadership Program was started in 2010 by HSBC’s Technology and Services Division. The program’s goal is to reduce the carbon footprint, teaching participants about specific actions to apply in one’s personal and professional life. Those who complete the program act as sustainable leaders who are encouraged to positively influence wider communities around them. Throughout the program, participants are exposed to lectures on climate change and sustainability, and this year traveled to Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, to work alongside Earthwatch scientists.

Bill Thomas, Global Head of HTS Sustainability with HSBC, said, "This effort was a great success,” and added that he would like to continue the HSBC and Saint Mary’s partnership.

About HSBC
HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. With around 7,200 offices in both established and faster-growing 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 fulfill their hopes and realize their ambitions. We serve around 89 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 85 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Latin America. Our aim is to be acknowledged as the world's leading international bank.Listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by over 220,000 shareholders in 132 countries and territories.

About Saint Mary’s School of Economics and Business Administration
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s College of California is a cornerstone institution of the San Francisco bay area.  After nearly 150 years, with a network of more than 40,000 alumni worldwide, Saint Mary’s tradition of educational excellence is stronger than ever. The School of Economics and Business Administration’s vision is to be an internationally recognized business and economics school for developing individuals who think globally and lead responsibly. Small class sizes facilitate collaboration, accessibility, and engaging discussions with our distinguished faculty, and an interactive learning environment focused on practical business knowledge, serves to provide our students with the maximum return on their investment.