Celebrating 151 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 48 000 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 20 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.

Our social compact holds us to “contributing to the socioeconomic development of the countries in which we operate in a way that is consistent with the nature and size of our operations. We will provide financial services and products responsibly, bearing in mind the needs of society, our customers, our staff, our shareholders, the environment and future generations".

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historical overview