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As a leading international bank, we strive to help people and businesses prosper across Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Who we are and what we do

Driving commerce and prosperity

The people and businesses we serve are the engines of trade and innovation, and central to the transition to a fair, sustainable future.

With 85,000 employees and a presence in 59 markets, our network serves customers in close to 150 markets worldwide. We're listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.

Using our unique diversity

Across more than 50 countries we’ve built a bank with the diverse experience and capabilities that set us apart.

Our footprint connects emerging and high-growth markets with more established economies, allowing us to channel capital to where it’s needed the most.

 

Supporting sustainable growth

We’re in a unique position to support the massive shift of capital towards sustainable finance, which has become a priority for investors, companies and individuals alike.

We’re determined to develop significant sustainable finance revenues to grow our business, and to integrate environmental and social considerations into all our decision-making, so that we can advance our ambition to become the world’s most sustainable and responsible bank.

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Promoting an inclusive culture

Diversity alone isn’t enough, so we’re creating an inclusive environment that embraces different perspectives, skills, experience, ways of working and leadership styles.

We want people to innovate together, generate new ideas, solve problems, continuously improve and, every so often, create a step change

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We employ 85,000 people around the world

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Our colleagues come from 131 different countries

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More than 160 years in business

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776 branches worldwide

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We are present in 59 markets

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Best Consumer Digital Bank

Global Finance 2017

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Among the top 100 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange

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We’re listed on two of Asia’s largest stock exchanges

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SPONSORSHIP Our Liverpool Football Club and marathon sponsorships

We strive to give something back to the communities in which we operate. One of the ways we do this is by sponsoring properties and events.

Main club sponsor since 2010

We’re proud to have our name featured on Liverpool FC’s world-famous red shirts, but our partnership runs much deeper than that.

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Our marathons and races

We sponsor nine races – eight of which are marathons – spanning four continents, giving thousands of people the opportunity to go the distance for the causes they believe in.

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OUR HISTORY Over 150 years of experience and counting

Ever since our doors first opened in Mumbai, Kolkata and Shanghai in 1853, we’ve been building on our origins as a trade bank. Back in the mid-nineteenth century, simple commodities such as cotton, tea, rice and sugar formed the bulk of global trade. Today, we support vast international trading networks across a huge range of commodities, markets and specialisms.

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An historic network

At our heart we’re still the highly ambitious and network-driven trading bank we set out to be all those years ago.

Since we became Standard Chartered after the merger of Standard Bank and Chartered Bank in 1969, we now possess a distinctive network that stretches across core emerging markets in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and beyond. Helping millions of people and businesses achieve their financial aspirations.

Quick glance at our history Standard Chartered Bank was formed in 1969

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INSIGHTS Discover more about our world

Resilience, agility and humanity: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Our Chairman on why greater international cooperation must sideline ‘me-first thinking’ as governments step up their COVID-19 response

Explore our world | 13 May 2020

Renminbi tracker: How global is the renminbi?

Our Renminbi Globalisation Index has tracked the internationalisation of China’s currency since 2011

Trade beyond borders | 13 May 2020

We’ve launched our first Sustainability Bond – and it focuses on emerging markets

The move will help bring capital to where it matters most, combat climate change and increase access to finance for…

Explore our world | 25 Jun 2019

We’re banking on cultural diversity

We celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development by spotlighting some of our Chinese ‘corridor bankers’

Explore our world | 21 May 2019

Interested in joining us?

If you're looking for a career with purpose and want to work for a bank making a difference, we'd love to hear from you.