Africa is a continent of 54 independently administered countries, home to 1.2 billion people, and holds a fascinating range of histories, languages, and diverse and complex cultures.
The Standard Bank Group celebrates 153 years on the continent this year – the continent we call home. As an organisation, we believe in the potential of this continent and its people to be great. As a bank, our strategies have been created to support growth and focus on investment in infrastructure in six sectors as the foundation of this growth: oil and gas; telecommunications and media; consumer; power, infrastructure and renewable energy; mining and metals; and real estate.
Standard Bank Group has just under R2 trillion in assets, and is present in 20 countries in Africa. Our headquarters are in Johannesburg, South Africa, and we plan to grow by expanding into more African countries over the next five years. Today, we have over 40 000 employees, 1 221 branches and 8 800 ATMs serving almost 15 million retail banking customers across the continent.
We have demonstrated an understanding of local conditions, cultures and market drivers in each country in which we do business. This has underpinned our success in Africa as well as in other emerging markets. We are the proud recipients of 3 huge awards this year including Global Finance’s Best Emerging Markets Bank in Africa, Banker Africa’s Best Corporate, Retail and Regional Bank in Southern Africa and The Banker’s Most Valuable Bank Brand in Africa.