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About us

Our history

At our heart, we’re still the ambitious, network-driven trading bank we set out to be over 170 years ago

Inspired by 170 years of history

We’ve been supporting clients ever since we first opened our doors in Mumbai, Kolkata and Shanghai in 1853. Our story is intimately woven with our core markets, and continues to develop as fast as they do.

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    A footprint like no other

    Since Standard Bank and Chartered Bank merged to become Standard Chartered in 1969, we’ve developed a distinctive network that stretches across our core markets in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and beyond. Today, we’re proud to have 83,000 colleagues working in 52 markets worldwide.

  • Innovation is in our DNA

    Our drive for innovation, for new ideas and opportunities, means we’ve been able to meet our clients’ ever-changing needs over time – from personal banking customers to multinational corporations.

A tale of two banks

Our story bears testament to the vision of our founders, spanning centuries and continents