Celebrating 150 years of moving South Africa forward
Having put down its roots in the Eastern Cape in 1862, Standard Bank is one of South
Africa’s oldest companies. When it was established, the vision was for a bank that
understood its customers better, had people with strong knowledge of local business
conditions and would do a better job of connecting borrowers with lenders. This
vision created the platform for the kind of bank it would become and the qualities
on which its customers would come to rely.
Over its history, Standard Bank has grown from a mere few staff members to over
50 000 today, and extended its roots deep into the fabric of South African society.
We have evolved and adapted along with our customers, growing a rich heritage while
nurturing and protecting our reputation.
Today, Standard Bank Group prides itself on being a global bank with African roots.
The largest African bank by assets and earnings, it operates in 18 countries on the
African continent, including South Africa, as well as in other selected emerging markets.
We uphold high standards of corporate governance and are committed to advancing
the principles and practice of sustainable development. Our success and growth over
the long term is built on making a difference in the communities in which we operate.
We are committed to moving Africa forward.
Click here for highlights over the past 150 years.
Download a comprehensive history of Standard Bank Group.