Open innovation and driving a culture of collaboration across industries and geographies are core priorities at Standard Bank Group. Changing the way that we do business will ultimately change the way that our customers do banking – safely and conveniently.
We support the development and growth of small businesses through collaboration and open innovation initiatives. That’s why we have committed ourselves to supporting initiatives that will unearth and support groundbreaking innovation that will bring about real change and transformation in Africa.
Standard Bank Group has been listed 19th on Bloomberg's list of The World's Top 20 Greenest Banks 2014. We’re the only Africa-based financial services group on the list.
We take great care to reduce our impact on the environments where we operate, especially Africa where we are most active.
As a financial services group, our impacts on society and the environment can be both indirect, arising from the activities of those whom we finance or provide products and services to, and direct, from our day-to-day operational activities.
The Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) is a non-profit trust dedicated to preserving Africa’s rich fossil heritage, and funding ongoing scientific research on the continent.
Standard Bank Group became a founding partner of the Palaeoanthropology Scientific Trust (PAST) in 1997 and has since been recognised as the trust's primary corporate supporter across all seven of its programmes.
PAST, founded in 1994, is a non-profit trust that would be dedicated to preserving Africa’s rich fossil heritage, and promoting ongoing scientific research in southern Africa.
The ebola crisis is currently impacting heavily on West Africa. Standard Bank Group has just contributed R1-million to South Africa's Department of Health’s ebola response efforts, which includes the establishment of an Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone.
Over 4,000 people have reportedly died as a result of the virus. Besides Africa, cases have thus far been reported in North America and Europe.
You can get all the information you need about the virus at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/.
Putting together solutions for cross-border deals in Africa demands some innovative thinking from our teams of specialists across various sectors, be it oil and gas or renewable energy. It is such thinking that put Standard Bank Group ahead of the pack say the judges of The Banker 2014 Investment Banking Awards, where we were acknowledged as the “Most Innovative Investment Bank From Africa”.
The paleo-artist brings together science and art by using fossils to create life-like reconstructions of our human ancestors that roamed the earth millions of years ago.
John Gurche is an American scientist and artist who creates hauntingly realistic sculptures from palaeontological findings. For the 10th Annual Standard Bank/PAST Keynote Lecture Gurche explores The Ancestral Connection: Portraits of our Prehistoric Human Family at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 16 October 2014.
Standard Bank Group last week also signed the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change. We join the world’s largest financial institutions in calling for world governments to amend climate change policy prior to United Nations Environment Summit. Karin Ireton, Head of Sustainability Management at Standard Bank Group, was there.
With the United Nations Climate Summit taking place this past week, Karin Ireton, Head of Sustainability Management at Standard Bank Group, shares her experiences of the summit.
New York in the week of the UN’s General Assembly meetings is a crazy place to be. This year, in addition to the General Assembly, the UN Secretary General held a Climate Leadership Summit which attracted hundreds of people from the private sector and non-governmental organisations.
At Standard Bank Group we use various online social platforms to add value to the lives of people. We invite you to join in and contribute to various conversations. We operate in various countries, offer a broad spectrum of financial solutions and have interests in many issues. As such, we use various online social platforms to host communities of interest.
At the highest level we have our communities that span nationalities. We call them “Global Communities”. We then have “Country Communities” and then “Specialist Communities”.
To keep up with the demand for passenger and freight movement between and within Kenya and Uganda, regional railway operator Rift Valley Railways is buying 20 new locomotives. Standard Bank Group has helped make this possibly by providing KSh1.8-billion (about US$20-million) financing.
Locomotives are not the sort asset we finance everyday but the railway fulfills and important need in the lives of people.