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Standard Chartered Poland is one of the patrons of the first QueerMuzeum in Poland

on 17 Nov 2023

Standard Chartered Poland has become a patron of the project involving the creation of the LGBTQIAPF++ museum. The location of the exhibitions, library, archives and the space for cultural events related to the non-heteronormative community are based on the idea born at the Lambda-Warszawa Association. The cooperation between Standard Chartered Poland and the Association will include activities supporting the museum, together with further help with the digitisation of the archives of the organisation that had been previously supported by the company. The partnership was signed just before the International Day for Tolerance celebrated on 16 November.

Standard Chartered Poland is one of the patrons of QueerMuzeum in Poland

The strategy for diversity and inclusion, promotion of equal and fair treatment, as well as antidiscrimination are strongly embedded in the policy of Standard Chartered Poland.

Building a diverse and inclusive work environment is a fundamental value in our organisational culture. It enables every employee of Standard Chartered Poland to use their unique potential on a daily basis. Today, on the International Day for Tolerance, I am happy that together we create the space full of mutual respect, offering the opportunity to promote the idea of inclusivity and inclusion within the framework of various initiatives that are mainly the responsibility of our employees from Employee Resource Groups. Continuation of the cooperation with the Lambda-Warszawa Association is a demonstration of our long-term strategy and our brand promise, Here for good.

Anna Urbańska, the CEO of Standard Chartered Poland

The values declared by the company have resulted in the participation in building the Queer Museum, the creator of which is the Lambda-Warszawa Association, with Standard Chartered Poland being one of the patrons.

After Berlin, San Francisco and New York, Warsaw will be the next city where a museum dedicated to the non-heteronormative community will be opened in 2024. It will have exhibition space, library, archives, and a place for cultural events. We would like to show that we are at home in Warsaw. And I am even more pleased that the patron of the museum will be Standard Chartered Poland – a company that, as a member of the local business community, has for years supported initiatives promoting diversity and building social awareness of the role of the culture of inclusion in the development of an open society.

Krzysztof Kliszczyński, chairman of the Board of the Lambda-Warszawa Association, the oldest LGBTQIAPF++ organisation in Poland

The involvement of employees from the SC Pride Employee Resource Group will make it possible to carry out archiving activities. As part of employee volunteering, representatives of the Bank will take part in organizing and digitising the archives of Lambda – the oldest and largest collection of materials relating to the LGBTQIAPF++ community in Poland. The archives are already used by academics, journalists, students and everyone interested in the history of the community.

As of the first day of work at Standard Chartered Poland, our employees can join one of several employee resource groups and take part in activities that they consider especially important. One of such groups is SC Pride with the agenda focusing on activities to support the LGBTQ+ community, both inside and outside the organisation. The topic of inclusion and diversity is particularly close to us, and the partnership with the Lambda-Warszawa Association and the support for the Queer Museum are a perfect example of this.

Elena Mihalache, leader of SC Pride

The partnership agreement between Standard Chartered Poland and the Lambda Warszawa Association assumes continuation of current activities, digitisation of the Lambda Archives and substantive support from the Association in the implementation of projects that Standard Chartered Poland carries out to promote the idea of diversity.