INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES Helping communities thrive

We work with local partners and employee volunteers to deliver programmes focused on education, employability and entrepreneurship.

How you start in life shouldn't determine your future

We’re determined to transform the lives and communities of people across our markets by unleashing the financial potential of women and small businesses. Between 2019 and mid-2022, Futuremakers by Standard Chartered has supported more than 35,000 young women through entrepreneurship projects in 29 markets. Watch Naom, a female entrepreneur supported by Futuremakers in Kenya, tell us about her biggest challenges, ultimate goals and lessons learned.

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About Futuremakers programmes

Futuremakers by Standard Chartered is our global initiative to tackle inequality by promoting greater economic inclusion in our markets. Futuremakers supports young people from low-income communities, especially girls and people with visual impairments, to learn new skills and improve their chances of getting a job or starting their own business. Read more about Futuremakers global community programmes focused on education, employability and entrepreneurship.

Unleashing the economic potential of girls

Goal empowering girls

We know that investing in girls can result in increased prosperity and diversity. Giving girls the tools to shape their own future has an incredible multiplier effect on communities and societies.

Goal is our programme to equip adolescent girls with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to be economic leaders in their families and communities. As part of Futuremakers, we are expanding Goal as our global education programme.

Since its launch in 2006, Goal has grown to become an internationally-recognised global movement operating in more than 20 markets. Through sport and activity-based learning, Goal delivers modules on financial education; communication skills; health and hygiene; and self-confidence.

We reached more than 821,000 girls and young women between 2006 and mid-2022. Our target is to reach one million girls between 2006 and 2023.

What's next?

Following programme disruptions due to COVID-19 restrictions, we continue to deliver the curriculum using a diverse range of modalities (online, hybrid, face-to-face) in 2022.

Learn more about Goal and download the curriculum.

Preparing young people to be job-ready

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Globally, more than 200 million young people are out of work or live in low-income poverty. Many disadvantaged young people lack the skills they need to get a job or to improve their circumstances, including knowing how to manage their financial future.

Youth to Work is a global programme that will develop opportunities that support young people to become job-ready. We reached more than 189,000 young people through employability projects between 2019 and mid-2022. Our target is to reach 100,000 youth, supporting at least 20,000 of these beneficiaries into work between 2019 and 2023.

What's next?

In 2022, we continue to support employability across our markets, including through COVID-19 economic recovery projects.

Nurturing small business owners to succeed

Women celebratingMore individuals and businesses have greater access to financial services than ever before. However, many micro and small business owners lack the financial management skills they need to grow their business.

Entrepreneurs for Growth builds on our existing financial education training for entrepreneurs and our Women in Technology (WiT) Incubators, which provide support, mentorship opportunities and access to resources, such as funding and banking products and services, to female entrepreneurs in the technology sector. We reached more than 76,000 young people, micro and small businesses through entrepreneurship activities between 2019 and mid-2022. Our target is to reach 50,000 micro and small businesses between 2019 and 2023.

What's next?

In 2022, we continue to support entrepreneurship across our markets, including through COVID-19 economic recovery projects.

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Empowering the next generation

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Lifting participation through financial inclusion

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Transforming lives with young people

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Supporting communities through volunteering

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We’re committed to promoting social and economic development in our markets through our core business of banking