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Standard Chartered is a market-leading financial service brand in Sierra Leone. The bank has been operating in Sierra Leone since 1894. In Sierra Leone, our business serves two client segments in three regions, supported by six global functions. We have operated in the country for over 125 years operating in Freetown, with the country’s first Agency Branch in Cline Town.

Standard Chartered aspires to be the best international bank for its customers in Sierra Leone. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise Here for Good. Our operations reflect Our Purpose, which is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity. We are present in 60 markets and serve clients in a further 85.

We have a sustainable approach to business and strive to achieve the highest standards of conduct. Our business model and strategy are built to capture the opportunities inherent in our unique footprint through deep relationships with clients in the Sierra Leone market. Developing these relationships means using both our tangible and intangible resources in a sustainable and responsible manner, deploying them to achieve profit and returns.

The Bank derives more than 70 percent of its operating income and profits from FX income and has been rewarded with the Best Consumer Digital Bank from the Global Finance in 2017.

Leading by example to be the right partner for its stakeholders, the Bank is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted in Sierra Leone for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity.

It employs 151 people, 53% of which are women. Standard Charted Sierra Leone Ltd employees are of 4 nationalities all of which are represented among senior management.

Our Resources

We aim to use resources in a sustainable way, to achieve our long-term strategic objectives.

What Makes Us Different

Our purpose – We offer banking services that help people and companies to succeed, creating wealth and growth across our markets. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise – Here for good.

Human Capital

Our diverse colleagues are our greatest assets. Being part of the local fabric of the Sierra Leone market means we understand our clients’ needs and aspirations, and how these can be achieved.

Strong Brand

We are the leading international ban with over 125 years of history and a household name in Sierra Leone.

The Bank has a world class Next Generation Bank at its Head Office Branch on Lightfoot Boston Street and the first Agency Branch in Cline Town, 9 ATMs, over 150 staff and a multiplicity of alternate channels through which we serve our over 15,000 customers.

International Network

We have an unparalleled international network, connecting companies, institutions and individuals to, and in some of the world’s fastest-growing and most dynamic regions.

Standard Chartered also has a unique international footprint which enables the Bank to facilitate the growth of international trade corridors between Africa and the rest of the world.

Local Expertise

Sierra Leone is a core part of the Bank’s Group Strategic Intent.

We have a deep-rooted local knowledge and experience of the market and a privileged understanding of the drivers of the real economy, offering us insights that can help our clients achieve their ambitions.

The Bank’s economic contribution to Sierra Leone has been the culmination of over 125 years of sustained and increasing investment in the country, playing the Central Bank role at one point.

Financial Strength

Standard Chartered in Sierra Leone remains well capitalized. Our capital position is above the regulatory minimum.

With over SLL 20 billion from our balance sheet, we are a strong, trusted partner for our clients.

The investments we have made in our distribution channels, in our products, our services, our people and our systems are realising immediate value. We continue to differentiate our brand and have confidence in our strategy for long-term, sustainable growth.


We possess leading technological capabilities to enable best-in-class of products, services, distribution channels and systems, the Bank provides customers with increasingly sophisticated and pioneering banking services – unrivalled in Sierra Leone.

Client Focus

Our clients are our business. We build long-term relationships through trusted advice, expertise and best-in class capabilities

Robust Risk Management

We are here for the long term. Effective risk management allows us to grow a sustainable business.

The application of Group Risk Management standards in Sierra Leone provides the Bank with a strong and sustainable foundation for well-managed growth. Standard Chartered applies the highest and most stringent level of international governance and risk management to all banking activities in Sierra Leone.

We will continue to balance the pursuit of our growth with firm control of costs and risks.

Distinct Proposition

Our unique understanding of the market and our extensive international network allows us to offer a truly tailored proposition to our clients, combining global expertise grounded in local knowledge

Sustainable approach to business

We promote social and economic development by contributing to sustainable economic growth through our core business of banking, by investing in our communities.

We aim to make a positive contribution to the communities that we operate in through our various initiatives that link our core business activities, expertise and resources with the key issues facing these communities.

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Our Achievements


Best CSR Company by Sierra Leone Business Awards


Best Bank Risk Management by Global Finance


Best Bank in Sierra Leone by Global Finance Magazine


Best Bank in Sierra Leone by Global Finance Magazine


Best Custody Specialist by The Asset


Best Foreign Bank in Sierra Leone by EMEA Finance


Best Foreign Exchange Provider in Sierra Leone by Global Finance


Best Foreign Exchange Provider in Sierra Leone by Global Finance


Most Compliant largest Tax Payer’ by the National Revenue Authority


Most Compliant Financial Institution

By the National Revenue Authority recognizing our exemplary compliance in timely and accurate filing of returns and prompt payment of taxes


Most Compliant Large Tax Payer


Best Bank in Africa by Global Finance


Best syndicated loan house by EMEA Finance

2010 to 2011

Best Sub-Custodian Bank by Global Finance


Best Foreign Exchange Provider by Global Finance


Best Trade Finance Bank in Africa by Global Finance

2006 to 2011, 2015

Best bank Liquidity Management by Global Finance


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