Political Engagement

We believe in having an open and transparent dialogue with policy makers.


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We regularly engage with political stakeholders in our markets and believe in having an open and transparent dialogue with policy makers. Such engagement helps to inform our business strategy and to build trusted relationships in the many markets where we operate around the world. 

We have strict governance procedures in place across the Group, and expect high standards of conduct and behaviour from our staff in dealing with these stakeholders. This is outlined in our code of conduct.

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We periodically respond to requests for consultation on matters that have direct relevance to our business. Copies of responses are often made available by the relevant authority on their website. 

We do not retain the services of any public affairs consultancy to represent the Bank’s interests at Group level. Where we do periodically retain political consultants, they provide political monitoring and intelligence across our markets.
We're also members of a wide range of financial services and other relevant professional and trade associations, some of which may engage with political stakeholders on topics that are of relevance to our business. Below we disclose significant memberships at Group level and in a range of our larger markets.

The Group has a policy in place which prohibits political donations being made that would improperly influence legislation or regulation, promote political views or ideologies, or fund political causes.

We regularly submit to the EU transparency register.

Industry memberships

Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
The Hong Kong Association of Banks
Private Wealth Management Association
US India Business Council
UK India Business Council
International Swaps and Derivatives Association
Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
Banking Standards Board
Institute of International Finance Inc
UK Finance
Association for Financial Markets in Europe
Global Financial Markets Association
Centre for European Reform
World Economic Forum
National Futures Association
Institute of International Bankers
US Chamber of Commerce
Emerging Markets Traders Association
Arab Bankers Association of North America
Loan Syndications and Trading Association
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Organization for International Investment
Kenya Bankers Association
China Banking Association
Association of Banks in Malaysia
The Thai Bankers' Association
Perbina (International Banks Association Of Indonesia)
KSEI (The Indonesia Central Securities Depository)
Bankers Association of Botswana
Ghana National Banking College
Ghana Association of Bankers
Business Leadership South Africa

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