Our impact areas
We’re committed to realising Africa’s potential through inclusive, sustainable growth and economic development. To support this commitment, we aim to achieve positive social, economic and the environmental (SEE) impact by focusing on the 7 key areas of financial inclusion, job creation and enterprise growth, sustainable finance and climate change, infrastructure development, Africa trade and investment, education and health.
Expanding people’s access to the formal financial system supports economic and human development and reduces inequality. Standard Bank enables individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses to access relevant and cost-effective financial products and services, including payments, savings, credit and insurance.
Improving access to a wide range of financial services for Africa’s small enterprises and supporting small enterprises to access value chains and markets
We believe that Africa’s transition to renewable energy and a lower carbon economy is essential to mitigate the impact of climate change while promoting economic growth and poverty alleviation
Investing in energy, water, transport and telecommunications infrastructure to facilitate economic growth and create opportunities for job creation and human development
Providing trade solutions to enable optimal international trade, minimise logistical challenges and facilitate relationships between importers and exporters
Supporting access to quality education and training to enable Africa’s people to thrive in a digitised world through innovative financial solutions
Investing in our employees’ health, safety and wellbeing, financing healthcare providers and developing health-related infrastructure in Africa
“We commit to working with African governments, business and communities to find new ways for African economies to develop and industrialise, and for African communities to prosper, while minimising negative environmental and social impacts where possible.”