HSBC in Sri Lanka

Awards and achievements of HSBC Sri Lanka

  • Winner of the Top Ten Category for the sixth time at the "Best Corporate Citizen Awards 2012"
  • Winner of the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2012 Southeast Asia in the Social Empowerment category for the "Cocoshel" programme
  • HSBC named Best Consumer Internet Bank by Global Finance
  • Credit Card Initiative of the Year award for the Signature Credit Card that was launched at the 2012 Asian Banking & Finance Retail Banking Awards
  • Silver Award for HR best practices in the country at HRM Awards 2012
  • Winner - Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Award 2011 for Community relations and CSR category
  • Winner - Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Award for Ten Best Corporate Citizens 2011
  • SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2011 - International Brand: Joint Bronze
  • Best Foreign Bank in Sri Lanka 2015 by Finance Asia.
  • The Best Consumer Digital Bank 2015 - awarded by Global Finance for the 9th year
  • Best Cash Management Bank 2015 - awarded by Euromoney for PCM
  • Operational Excellence¬† Award 2015 - VISA International for HSBC Sri Lanka Chargebacks Team
  • Advertising Campaign of the year 2015 (Sri Lanka) - awarded by Asian Banking & Finance

Financial information

First quarter 2016

Fourth quarter 2015

Third quarter 2015

Second quarter 2015

First quarter 2015

Annual 2014

Fourth quarter 2014

Third quarter 2014

Second quarter 2014

First quarter 2014

Annual 2013

Fourth quarter 2013

Third quarter 2013

First quarter 2016

Fourth quarter 2015

Third quarter 2015

Second quarter 2015

First quarter 2015

Fourth quarter 2014

Third quarter 2014

Second quarter 2014

First quarter 2014

Annual 2013

Fourth quarter 2013

Third quarter 2013


For details about HSBC’s global operations, Group board members and financial results, go to our corporate website 


HSBC Group history timeline


1865
 
2016

Hong Kong harbour, Chinese artist, early 1860s

Staff in Fuzhou, China, 1887

Portrait of Thomas Jackson, around 1890

Chinese railway bond certificate, 1907

Staff in military uniform, First World War

Hong Kong building, 1965

Prison camp diary of HSBC staff member Max Haymes, 1943

Hong Kong garment factory, around 1950

Persian banknote, early 20th century

UK cash machine, around 1970

HSBC office, New York, 1999

HSBC lion, London, present day

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The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited opened in Hong Kong on 3 March 1865 and in Shanghai one month later. It was the first locally owned bank to operate according to Scottish banking principles.

By 1875 HSBC was present in seven countries across Asia, Europe and North America. It financed the export of tea and silk from China, cotton and jute from India, sugar from the Philippines and rice and silk from Vietnam.

By 1900, after strong growth under Chief Manager Thomas Jackson, the bank had expanded into 16 countries and was financing trade across the world. Bullion, exchange and merchant banking were important features of the bank’s business.

In the early 20th century, HSBC widened the scope of its activities in Asia. It issued loans to national governments to finance modernisation and infrastructure projects such as railway building.

The First World War brought disruption and dislocation to many businesses. By the 1920s, however, Asia was beginning to prosper again as new industries developed and trade in commodities such as rubber and tin soared.

The 1930s brought recession and turmoil to many markets. Nonetheless, HSBC asked architects Palmer and Turner to design a new head office in Hong Kong: “Please build us the best bank in the world.” The cutting-edge art deco building opened in 1935.

The bank faced one of its most challenging times during the Second World War. Staff in Asia showed huge courage in the face of adversity. Many became prisoners of war. Only the London, Indian and US branches remained in full operation.

At the end of the war, HSBC took on a key role in the reconstruction of the Hong Kong economy. Its support helped established manufacturers as well as newcomers to Hong Kong grow their business.

By the 1970s the bank had expanded through acquisition. HSBC bought Mercantile Bank and The British Bank of the Middle East in 1959. In 1972 it formed a merchant banking arm, extending its range of services.

In the 1980s HSBC bought Marine Midland Bank in the US. In 1992, the newly created HSBC Holdings plc made a recommended offer for full ownership of the UK’s Midland Bank. Following the acquisition, HSBC moved its headquarters to London.

In 1998, the bank announced it would adopt a unified brand, using HSBC and the hexagon symbol everywhere it operated.

As new markets blossom and flourish, HSBC continues to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities. The bank enables businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, helping people fulfil their hopes and dreams and realise their ambitions.

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