Here come the Futuremakers

We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to realise their potential. Yet globally, more than 200 million young people are out of work or live in low-income poverty, and that’s just not good enough.

Watch our video to find out what we are doing about it.

Here come the Futuremakers

We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to realise their potential. Yet globally, more than 200 million young people are out of work or live in low-income poverty, and that’s just not good enough.

Watch our video to find out what we are doing about it.

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Empowering the next generation

Futuremakers by Standard Chartered is our global initiative to tackle inequality and promote greater economic inclusion in our markets. We are inviting disadvantaged young people, especially girls and people with visual impairments, across our markets to take part in community programmes to learn new skills and improve their chances of getting a job or starting their own business. 

Our ambition is to raise USD50 million between 2019 and 2023 to empower the next generation to learn, earn and grow. In 2019, we contributed $9.4 million through fundraising and Group donations to Futuremakers.

Read more about our global community programmes, focused on education, employability and entrepreneurship, below.

Visit our dedicated site to learn more about Goal, our flagship education programme for girls, read stories about how Goal is changing lives and download the free curriculum 

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 countries. Through sport and activity-based learning, Goal delivers modules on financial education; communication skills; health and hygiene; and self-confidence.

In 2019, the programme reached more than 108,000 girls and young women and more than 590,000 between 2006 and 2019. Our target is to reach one million girls between 2006 and 2023.

What's next?

In 2020, we will release a report into Goal’s impact.

Visit sc.com/goal to 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 new global programme that will develop opportunities that support young people to become job-ready.

Our target is to reach 100,000 youth, supporting at least 20,000 of these beneficiaries into work between 2019 and 2023. In 2019, we reached 1,834 young people through employability projects.

What's next?

During 2020, we will continue to support employability across our markets

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. In 2019, we reached 9,269 young people, micro and small businesses through entrepreneurship activities and launched WiT in Pakistan, UAE and Nigeria to support women-led ventures enabled by technology.

Our target is to reach 50,000 micro and small businesses between 2019 and 2023.

What's next?

In 2020, we will continue to roll out projects that support entrepreneurship across our markets.