POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT Open and transparent dialogue

We regularly engage with political stakeholders in our markets and believe in having an open and transparent dialogue with policy makers.

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 colleagues 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

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

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

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