It’s been a fantastically busy year for Standard Bank. As always, we’ve stayed true to our ethos of driving Africa’s progress – not only through providing unsurpassed financial solutions, but also in meaningful ways that many don’t expect of a bank:
A key driver of growth in Africa will always be financial literacy. We believe sound financial practices are taught at home, which is why we developed the Kidz Banking App. Focusing on responsible money management, the app will create financially fit families ready to control their own financial future and contribute to Africa’s growth.
Caring about Africa’s People
The continent’s success relies on the health and happiness of its people. To this end, we have established and supported a number of humanitarian initiatives, such as Stanbic IBTC Nigeria’s Together 4 a Limb charity walk. We have also partnered with esteemed corporations to finance the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, a facility that provides specialised healthcare to children in southern Africa.
Breaking New Ground
Innovation will help drive Africa’s prosperity. From WeChat and SnapScan, to Shyft and Business Online, our ground-breaking solutions allow retail and business customers to bank with ease and convenience, allowing time for the things that truly matter, like exploring the ideas that may power Africa’s next wave of progress.
Bringing People Together
More than just a financial institution focused on the bottom line, we like to get involved in the interests that bring our communities joy: A patron of the arts in the form of Joy of Jazz and Matisse Exhibition host, as well as the title sponsor of the Proteas and IRONMAN Africa series, it’s our mandate to support initiatives that encourage unity.
Partnering for Growth
We aim to be a catalyst for progress on the continent, financing both businesses and individuals to allow them to realise their growth potnential. Whether they’re fighting for a share of the retail market or want to develop across borders, our client-centricity and products and services help our customers move forward towards their goals.
Spotlight on Africa
Wherever we are in the world, we share Africa’s ‘good news’ story, attracting investors to our thriving markets and inspired people. Hosting the Africa Investor Conference in London and the US Africa Forum in New York affirm our commitment to the continent and forge partnerships that take advantage of its numerous growth opportunities.
A New Class of Leader
The Africa of tomorrow needs thinkers of tomorrow; men and women committed to a continent where prosperity is for all. Through our associations with the Young Presidents’ Organisation and Lionesses of Africa network, we will shape a new diverse, forward-thinking class of leaders – those who will drive a successful, inclusive Africa.
These are just some of the highlights of a whirlwind 2016. For more, visit our other blog sites, Arts & Culture and Group.