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4 Branches – Freetown (2), Bo (1), Makeni, (1) Corporate Office – 163 employees
- We are Sierra Leone's largest international banks with a retail customer base of more than 10,000.
- Present in Sierra Leone since 1896 (initially operated as the British Bank of West Africa)
- Played the role of the Central Bank in Sierra Leone during the pre-independence period
Seeing is Believing $1Million Project Launch in SL – January 2013
The formal launch of the Bank's Phase V, Type 1 US$1Million project took place January 2013 at the Bintumani Hotel. The Management Team and the Seeing is Believing Committee members represented the Bank at the event, where the CEO, Albert Saltson, delivered a Statement on behalf of the Bank. A 2-days workshop was also held for implementing stakeholders to facilitate a better understanding of the 4 year (2012 – 2016) project and its requirements.
Launch activity climaxed with a sponsored walk dubbed 'Walk 4 Sight' on Saturday 26th January 2013, from the Bank's Lightfoot Boston Street Branch & Head Office, to the Kingtom Football Academy, where SCB Football Stars played a football friendly match against the a combined team of the project implementing partners, Sightsavers International, Helen Keller International & Christofell Blinden Mission, recording a 3-1 victory.
Following the formal Launch of the project, a cross section of EXCO embarked on a Project Site Visit at the implementing partners' location on Friday 26th July 2013, also conducting skilled-based volunteering with regards to overall governance project oversight. The team included, the CEO, CIO, Acting CFO, Acting Head of Branch Banking, and Head of Corporate Affairs and skill set, ranged from governance, project management, budgeting & finance, patient/customer care and sustainability. Whilst securing feedback on the project, they also had an opportunity to utilize their core skills to share best practice.
The team visited 3 project sites, including Sightsavers, Western Area Eye Clinic and Christopher Blinden Mission's Urban Centre Eye Clinic – Kissy, and noted that the project is on track to meet its objectives especially in the areas of screenings, surgeries and glasses distributed. From September 2012 to end June 2013;
- 150,000 people have been screened.
- 35,000 provided with glasses and medication.
- 3,000 surgeries performed.
- Training of ophthalmic nurses has commenced with pre-financing from Sight Savers International.
- 1 Doctor sent to Uganda for Training.
- Training of 6 OCHOs & 6 Ophthalmic nurses – ongoing.
- Training of CDDs, PHUs and DHMTs for NTDs – ongoing.
- 1 optical unit established and functional.
Project continues to complement the government's free health care for pregnant women and children, more so deprived women and children from Northern Sierra Leone, which have been neglected for a long time. It has also facilitated the publishing of the first Eye Health Systems Assessment (EHSA): Sierra Leone Country Report, which has been presented to the government, including recommendations to promote Eye Health in Sierra Leone.
Diversity & Inclusion – International Women's Day
Standard Chartered Bank under its Diversity & Inclusion platform joined the world to commemorate International Women's Day. Having acknowledged the great strides made by the Aberdeen Women's Centre established by the Mercy Ships to combat Vesico Virginal Fistula (V V F) in Sierra Leone; the Bank for the second time presented a donation of Le 10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Leones) to the Centre, to support the recovery of women hospitalized for VVF.
Our support also took VVF sensitization and advocacy to female residents of the Mile 13 deprived Community in the far west of Freetown. A cross section of the Diversity and inclusion Council presented the donation, on behalf of the Bank. The Bank also donated the sum of Le31Million towards the painting of the Aberdeen Women's Centre facility.
University of Sierra Leone Annual Award Sponsorship
In support of our continued commitment to promoting Education in Sierra Leone, the Bank sponsored the University of Sierra Leone Annual Awards on the 4th April 2013 and awarded 5 of the best Students in Financial Services and other relevant disciplines. Each Student was awarded a cash prize of Le1Million respectively. The management team represented the Bank at the event.
Cholera Education in 2 Deprived Communities in partnership with UNICEF & The Ministry of Health
Following the Bank's response to the cholera epidemic in 2012 at Marbella and Old Wharf communities, over 100 staff of Standard Chartered Bank Sierra Leone in August 2013, volunteered at the Congo Town (Kolleh Town) and Murray Town (Banana Water) communities to educate the deprived on prevention and treatment of the Cholera disease; to combat the epidemic in the country.
A direct response to the governments call on all well-meaning organizations in Sierra Leone to help fight against cholera and reduce the death toll of citizens contacting the virus. The Bank took the national key messages on Cholera to the doorsteps of citizens – educating members of the public on prevention and treatment, whilst distributing Oral Rehydration Salts to households.
- Bank of the Year Award 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 awarded by the 'Banker' of the Financial Times in London.
- 'Financial Institution of the Year' 2011 awarded at the Sierra Leone Golden Jubilee Awards by All Works of Life.
- Most Compliant Financial Institution & Most Compliant Large Tax 2011, 2012 & 2013 awarded by the National Revenue Authority.
- Best Foreign Exchange Provider Award (Sierra Leone) 2013 awarded by Global Finance.
- Best Foreign Bank Award (Sierra Leone) 2013 – EMEA Finance