In today’s fiercely competitive job market, recruiting top talent is crucial for any organisation’s success and here is a look at HSBC’s best graduate induction ever. HSBC, one of the world’s leading international banks, achieved a remarkable feat by obtaining the best graduates’ feedback score in 25 years. 

This success was attributed to their partnership with Blue Hat Teambuilding, a renowned organisation specialising in unique, interactive, and educational activities. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore how HSBC utilised Blue Hat Teambuilding’s exceptional expertise in execution and experience to deliver a highly successful Learning and Development Programme, focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability while enhancing communication skills and strengthening relationships.

HSBC’s Objectives and Challenges

HSBC approached Blue Hat Teambuilding with two primary objectives. First, they wanted to bring to life the specific corporate messages of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in a manner that would engage their 400 delegates. Second, the Learning and Development Programme aimed to enhance communication skills and foster stronger relationships among participants. This required an activity that offered a consistent and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Challenges arose as they needed to design an activity that would effectively communicate CSR and Sustainability principles while ensuring equal participation and engagement for all participants. Furthermore, the activity had to align with the overarching goal of fostering improved communication and relationships among the delegates.

Achieving the Unforeseen

Through collaboration with Blue Hat Teambuilding, HSBC successfully surpassed their expectations and experience their best graduate induction event in 25 years. The delegates experienced a compelling dichotomy: they were required to collaborate with their competitors to achieve success. This approach allowed for a unique and engaging experience that encouraged teamwork, communication, and mutual understanding.

The Solution: Eden – A Competitive and Educational Adventure

The core element of the solution was “Eden,” a competitive and fun indoor activity designed to take the 400 delegates on a global journey. Participants were divided into teams of 8 and tasked with completing up to 30 cultural challenges to earn resources for creating a sustainable community within a given time frame. 

Eden provided a rich learning experience, intertwining the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability with the need for collaboration and effective communication.

The game’s design was masterfully crafted to encourage individual team focus while fostering high awareness of other teams. Teams had to interact and collaborate with one another to succeed, emphasising the importance of cooperation, empathy, and respect. By combining education, competition, and teamwork, Eden became a powerful vehicle for delivering HSBC’s corporate messages and L&D objectives.

Seamless Execution

Blue Hat Teambuilding’s expertise and experience played a pivotal role in the success of the program. Their ability to create interactive and educational experiences tailored to specific organisational goals ensured that HSBC’s objectives were met effectively. 

Blue Hat’s deep understanding of HSBC’s requirements allowed them to make insightful suggestions and provide a seamless execution of the team building event.

The Power of Positive Feedback

The feedback from HSBC’s graduates was overwhelmingly positive. Participants commended Blue Hat Teambuilding’s flexibility, knowledge, and ability to align the activity with the bank’s core values. 

The event’s impact on communication skills and relationship-building was evident as participants left with strengthened connections and a newfound appreciation for collaboration.


HSBC’s partnership with Blue Hat Teambuilding proved to be a game-changer in achieving their best graduates’ feedback score in 25 years. Through the immersive and educational team building activity, Eden, HSBC successfully conveyed its Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability messages while nurturing essential communication skills and relationships. 

Blue Hat Teambuilding’s exceptional expertise in execution and experience allowed them to create a unique and rewarding experience for all participants.

In an increasingly competitive business landscape, investing in employee development and team building activities like Eden can lead to unparalleled success, attracting and retaining top talent while reinforcing a company’s commitment to its values and mission. 

As organisations continue to prioritise the holistic growth of their teams, the partnership between HSBC and Blue Hat Teambuilding serves as a shining example of how creativity, collaboration, and positive experiences can transform corporate learning and development initiatives.

Written by Ben Parkinson

Published on 23 July, 2023

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