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Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Our strategy

Our Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

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Our strategic approach

Our supplier diversity and inclusion strategy promotes economic growth for our communities as well as unlocking greater value from our supply chain. We want to give back where we can, whilst promoting sustainability and making sound business decisions.

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What are we looking to achieve?

  • The ambition of our strategy is to promote positive impacts through embedding 'best in class' supplier diversity practices for our communities and clients as well as unlocking greater value throughout our supply chain 
  • Our strategy is a Bank wide programme to generate greater diversity in our supply chain. We have established initiatives, processes and opportunities for diverse businesses to participate equally

  • We are also ensuring the larger non-diverse suppliers we work with have strong D&I records and embrace supplier diversity in their supply chains

  • We have aligned our supplier diversity to Standard Chartered’s wider business culture & purpose, reinforcing our valued behaviours

Benefits of supplier diversity and inclusion

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What this means in practice...

  • We are seeking to identify and work with a more diverse range of suppliers - reflecting the communities we work in e.g. businesses with minimum 51% ownership by diverse individuals or groups
  • We are growing relationships and spend with existing diverse suppliers
  • We are ensuring the suppliers we work with have strong D&I records and are aligned to our supplier diversity ambitions, principles and practices. By doing so, we seek to foster supplier diversity beyond Standard Chartered ‘boundaries’; helping to ensure wider economic and social impacts
  • We are simplifying our processes as we want to make it easier to work with us and remove any blockers of complex systems and processes 
  • We are committed to supporting and developing diverse suppliers through coaching, mentoring and outreach programmes

Together we can make a difference.

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How we are enabling our strategy...

  • We are building internal capability to deliver supplier D&I objectives globally through extensive training of our supply chain teams and wider business stakeholders 
  • Our strategy will be enabled by local implementation plans. These local plans and objectives will be aligned to the core aims of the strategy, but will take into account local cultures and legislation
  • We know each market is different and will have their own ideas for getting the strategy off the ground
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In summary...

We are focused on making changes in buying habits with an increased understanding of the benefits of a diverse and inclusive supply chain.

We know it's important to continue challenging ourselves and to become leaders in this area.

We are resetting expectations with all of our suppliers, for example, in terms of the diversity of teams that turn up to pitches and for performance of contracts. 

By actively thinking about who we work with and why, we can make sure we are Here For Good.

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