We’re all one team
From our Board to frontline colleagues, we’re the people who make Standard Chartered what it is
Our Board Overseeing our strategy
Our Board is collectively responsible for our long-term success, and for ensuring that the Group is led within a framework of effective controls. The Board sets our strategic direction, approves our strategy and takes appropriate action to ensure that we have the resources we need to achieve our strategic aspirations.
The Board considers the impact of the decisions it makes, and its responsibilities to all our stakeholders, including colleagues, shareholders, regulators, clients and suppliers, as well as to the environment and the communities where we operate.
Our five Board committees play an important role in supporting the Board. The committees all consist of non-executive directors, and our Audit and Board Risk Committees also have two external advisors.
Our executive directors
Our non-executive directors
Group company secretary
View our Board diversity policy and download details of our directors' roles and responsibilities
Board diversity policy
The Board Diversity Policy (‘the Policy’) sets out the approach Standard Chartered PLC takes to diversity on its Board to ensure that diversity, in its broadest sense, remains a central feature of the Board. The Policy applies to the Board of Standard Chartered PLC. The Global Diversity & Inclusion Policy applies to diversity in respect to all employees.
We have a distinctive footprint and international outlook and a long history of diverse board membership. All Board appointments are based on merit with each candidate assessed against objective criteria, with the prime consideration of maintaining and enhancing the Board’s overall effectiveness.
We strive to maintain a diverse Board recognising the benefits of having a Board made up of individuals with a diverse mix of gender, social and ethnic backgrounds, knowledge, personal attributes, skills and experience. We strive to reflect the Group’s aspirations in relation to its employees and its values and to position the Group as a global leader in these areas. This diversity provides a mix of perspectives which we believe will contribute to the effective Board dynamics.
In order to enhance the Board’s diversity we are committed to:
- increasing the representation of women on the Board with an aim to have at least 40 per cent female representation;
- adopting an ethnicity aspiration of a minimum of 30 per cent from a minority ethnic background;
- ensuring that our Board diversity better reflects the diverse markets in which we operate;
- ensuring that the Board is comprised of a good balance of skills, experience, knowledge, perspective and varied backgrounds;
- ensuring that we consider the Group’s aspirations in relation to disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression;
- only engaging search firms who are signed up to the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search firms; and
- reporting annually on the diversity of the executive pipeline as well as the diversity of the Board, including progress being made on reaching the Board’s gender and ethnicity aspirations.
José Viñals, Chairman
Read more about our board-level committees, their terms of reference and the Board terms of reference.
Download a list of our directors, plus their roles and responsibilities.
Section 430(2B) companies act 2006 statement
Further to the announcement by Standard Chartered PLC (the “Company”) on 9 November 2022, Jasmine Whitbread retired as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company with effect from 3 May 2023.
In accordance with section 430 (2B) of the Companies Act 2006, the Company confirms that no remuneration payments will be made by the Company to Jasmine Whitbread after she ceased to be an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, nor will any payment for loss of office be made.
Our Management team Inspiring leadership that counts
Our Management Team has a strong blend of skills and experience drawn from across our international markets. Comprised of our Group Chief Executive, Group Chief Financial Officer, four regional CEOs, client segment CEOs and global function heads, our top team is responsible for implementing our global banking strategy.
In addition, our Group Chief Executive is responsible for managing all aspects of the Group’s business, including developing our overall strategy with the Chairman and the Board, and leading its implementation.
Our colleagues Talent we invest in
Our committed workforce now numbers 85,000 colleagues, nearly half of whom are women. Together, we represent 131 nationalities across 53 markets globally.
We take enormous pride in helping each and every one of our colleagues to fulfil their potential. That’s why we continue to deliver comprehensive learning programmes, while more than 50 country-based employee networks and three global diversity networks, and encourage our Leaders to sign up to the Leadership Agreement which sets out clear expectations around the leadership standards needed to create a high performing culture and drive performance.
Diversity and inclusion are critical to our long-term business success, making a hugely positive contribution to the working environment, and enabling teams to unlock innovation, take better decisions and manage risk.
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Our International Advisors International Advisory Council
Our International Advisory Council is a diverse, multidisciplinary panel of experts who provide us with a range of global views from beyond the traditional financial services sector. The Council’s role is to give insight on global trends and opportunities that may affect our Group and clients, and to ensure that our perspective is as broad as possible.
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