Community Investment in the Americas
We work with communities to deliver programmes that promote social and economic development focusing on health, youth and financial education.
Employee Volunteering (EV)
The Americas is an active supporter of employee volunteering. EV is fundamental to the Bank’s culture, purpose and values. The Bank offers staff three days of volunteer leave per year. Americas staff contributed over 4,000 hours of community service in 2017 by volunteering at local organizations including:
- New Jersey Food Bank, a food pantry that provides food to soup kitchens throughout New Jersey
- Citymeals, an organization that delivers meals to the homebound elderly
- New Jersey Cares and New York Cares, both organizations clean up parks & school spaces
- Newark Now, an organization that provides new mothers in Newark with free baby supplies for their families
- God's Love We Deliver & Gay Men's Health Crisis, organizations that provide healthy meals & overall support to people living with HIV and other terminal illnesses
- Hellen Keller's ChildSight program, a program that provides children in NJ & NY with free eyesight screening and glasses
- Bideawee, a leading pet welfare organization serving the New York community
- Gay Men's Health Crisis - a leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy.
Women in Tech
In October 2014, Standard Chartered Bank began its partnership with the Zahn Center at the City College of New York to launch The Standard Chartered Technology Incubator for Women Entrepreneurs Program. The incubator aims to support greater diversity in gender representation within the tech space by providing support, guidance, and resources for early-stage women-led start-ups.
- Since 2014, female participation in the Standard Chartered Women in Technology Program has almost tripled to achieve gender parity in 2018.
- In partnership with CCNY, Standard Chartered launched a new course: Entrepreneurship: Women & Diversity. This is the first entrepreneurship class on campus to focus on the diversity of entrepreneurs and gender.
- Over 125 staff mentors volunteer at the incubator to support financial education, pitch practice, business plan review, communication skills, and strengthen team dynamics
- We launched the Bossgirls program in 2017. This is a summer bootcamp for high school students to engage young women in STEM and entrepreneurship before college to expand the talent pipeline.
- In 2017, the Women in Technology Incubator launched a sister incubator in Nairobi, Kenya, a partnership between Standard Chartered and Strathmore University.
The Bank has partnered with UpGlo since August 2011. UpGlo is an internationally recognized, award winning non-profit organization that aims to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees.
Through this partnership, staff connect with UpGlo job seekers and provide feedback, guidance and strategies to develop their cross-cultural competencies and communication skills and ultimately secure employment in the U.S.
Seeing is Believing (SiB)
Seeing is Believing is Standard Chartered Bank’s global community investment programme to tackle avoidable blindness. The Americas region supports SiB through fundraising activities including an annual flagship Ride for Sight initiative and a variety of staff-led activities.
- To date, the Ride for Sight has occurred the past 5 years and has raised over $250,000 for SiB. Staff teams have cycled a variety of routes, including:
- Saratoga Springs, New York to Manhattan – 220 miles
- Boston to New York – 260 miles
- In 2014, a SiB project in Peru was launched to support the diagnosis and treatment of Cataract, a key cause of blindness in Peru. The project provided high quality cataract surgery and patient care, while enhancing the community's access to these services.
Disabilities Resource Initiative & Veterans Engagement (DRIVEN)
DRIVEN is a Diversity and Inclusion staff affinity group with a mission to increase staff awareness of the challenges faced by Veterans and individuals with disabilities.
The group aims to create a more inclusive environment within Standard Chartered Bank to increase hiring opportunities for Veterans and people with disabilities. The Bank partners with the following organizations to support a variety of programs related to career mentoring, hiring, and neurodiversity:
- NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
- NJ State Division of Disability Services
- Four Block / Edge4Vets
- Autism Speaks NY / NJ
- Wounded Warrior Project