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    Our culture, valued behaviours and purpose

    Find out more about who we are, our culture, behaviours and culture that drive this purpose forward

To quote our Chairman, we’re a ‘Bank with a soul’.

It’s an attitude that explains our approach to everything we do, from our commitment to sustainable growth, to how we communicate with our clients and colleagues to our rich 170-year heritage.

At Standard Chartered, we’re building a future we can all be proud of

We’re committed to sustainable growth everywhere we operate across our unique footprint. We set long-term ambitions for the places we call home, connecting the world’s most dynamic markets to help people and businesses thrive and grow and we innovate and disrupt with purpose.

We’re driving commerce and prosperity

  • We offer banking services that help people and companies to succeed, creating wealth and growth across our markets
  • Our heritage spans 170 years in some of the world’s most dynamic regions
  • Our 83,000 employees work across 52 markets
  • We’re listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges, as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

Our brand promise

Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise – here for good.

We’re using money as a force for good, from financing innovations that build sustainable cities to powering millions of people through clean energy.

Driving commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity

Our purpose is aspirational but grounded in reality

To have a purpose is not enough, you have to be your purpose.  We’re committed to driving prosperity and have big ambitions to support global trade and investment and help companies and customers.  To grow and create wealth and play our part in creating a more sustainable world, and provide our customers and communities with the opportunity to grow financially, while also improving their wellbeing and quality of life, across our unique footprint in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise – here for good.

What does this mean for you?

This means we can offer unrivalled opportunities to work with people from many different cultures and backgrounds, and build relationships and partnerships on a global stage. We believe this diversity sets us apart. It allows us to listen to new ideas, challenge each other’s viewpoints, unlock innovation and help us all to reach our full potential.  

To put this in simple terms, our purpose and valued behaviours matter to us.

Our valued behaviours

Actions speak louder than words. Our valued behaviours help to guide us where it counts, for our clients and each other.

  • Do the right thing

    We value courage and acting with integrity, while putting our clients at the heart of what we do

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    Never settle

    We’re constantly innovating, learning from our successes and mistakes while keeping things simple

  • Better together

    We create an inclusive culture where each person is valued, working together for a sustainable world

Our purpose

‘To drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity’ together with our brand promise: to be ‘here for good’ are achieved by how we each live our valued behaviours. 

They were defined by all of us, they shape our culture and reflect what we expect of ourselves and each other. When you work with us, you’ll see how we value difference and advocate inclusion. 

  • We’re digital with a human touch

    We’re changing the way people think about banking, using technology to create a simple and seamless digital banking experience for millions of customers across our footprint in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    Our business unit, SC Ventures, drives new ideas, solutions and technology, investing in fintechs and setting up new ventures, but we foster a culture of innovation across all geographies and business areas.

    We want the brightest and most diverse minds to work with us, developing creative ideas that help deliver for our clients and customers.