Improving financial literacy for Asian women

Improving financial literacy for Asian women 

We’ve helped improve financial literacy for over 7,000 women and girls across Asia, supporting their economic empowerment.

This means that we’ve surpassed our 2008 Clinton Global Initiative commitment to provide financial education to at least 5,000 women and girls. However, we don’t intend to stop there. Through programmes like Goal, our initiative to improve the confidence of adolescent girls by teaching them sport and life skills, we will continue to help women reach their full potential.

Our impact

Here are some examples of the impact we have made across Asia:

As part of the Goal programme, our employee volunteers have taught more than 2,000 girls in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai how to manage their finances. Financial literacy training is now a key component of Goal, which has since launched in China, Jordan, Nigeria and Zambia.

We’ve joined the Malaysian government’s initiative to promote financial literacy. So far our employees have volunteered at 130 schools across the country, teaching students – including 2,500 girls – how to manage their finances. 

In 2009 at the Women in Business Summit in Singapore, we brought together 50 female customers from across Asia to discuss the financial challenges they face within their businesses and to provide an opportunity for them to network and learn from one another.

Teaming up with Thammasat Business School, we’ve helped improve the financial literacy of a small Thai village. The initiative was part of our micro-finance lending service to the village – a model which we plan to expand into other countries in South East Asia.

Women in business
Launched in 2010, our Women in Business Resource Centre helps women entrepreneurs across Asia gain the financial knowledge they need to manage and grow their business.

The online resource centre offers practical information across a wide range of business topics, from how to review your financial statements to how to influence and negotiate. Through the interactive platform, users can also share their feedback and business tips or contact a Standard Chartered SME team member. In 2011, we launched an Arabic version of the site.

What’s next?

Empowering girls

We use education and sport to help transform the lives of girls in India, Nigeria, Jordan and China.

About our Goal programme

Access to finance

We're committed to developing products and services that improve access to finance.

About access to finance

Here for good

It’s about sticking by our clients and customers, and always trying to do the right thing.

How we're Here for good


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