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Inclusive financial services

6,2 million Inclusive Banking customers in South Africa and over 661 000 small and medium enterprises (SME) banked across Africa.

Affordability is a key requirement for economically active people in Africa who fall outside the mainstream financial sector. During 2012, we launched the AccessBanking suite of products and the BizLaunch account for the low-income and SME markets in South Africa respectively. In Africa, our SME Quick Loan is now available in ten countries.

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Clean energy & energy efficiency

Committed R9,4 billion to 11 renewable energy projects in South Africa under the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme.

In the second phase of the programme, we are supporting five bids with a total financing requirement of R6,1 billion. This makes Standard Bank the largest commercial funder of projects under the REIPPP Programme.

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Valuing our people

Increased our training spend from R609 million in 2012 from R484 million in 2011.

In 2012, we updated our management and leadership programmes in our South African and African operations, launched the Women in Leadership Programme to build skills among women in middle management and introduced a Women’s Forum in CfC Stanbic Bank Kenya.

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Addressing development in Africa

143 460 Internet Banking, 48 059 Mobile Banking and 553 498 SMS alert service customers in Africa, outside of South Africa.

In 2012, we introduced new Internet Banking capabilities in Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda; were the lead arranger of a 12-year USD89 million debt facility for a seawater desalination plant in Ghana and facilitated a number of deals for the governments, parastatals and local authorities in our African operation outside of South Africa.

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Our direct impact

CO2 emissions for Standard Bank South Africa were 412 089 metric tons (2011: 180 403).

We are focusing on improving the rigour of our data collection for all environmental indicators and increasing the scope of measurement. We increased the scope of measurement for our electricity consumption to 100% in South Africa, which will enable us to track our progress more accurately going forward. This accounts for the significant increase in our carbon emissions.

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Renewable energy

South Africa has developed a Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPP) to develop alternative energy sources... Standard Bank Group's contribution...

BEE performance

Access our latest BEE certificate and a consolidated report on our transformation progress in South Africa.

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Top honours for Standard Bank


The Financial Times has named Standard Bank as the Sustainable ...

Financing renewable energy

Read about the Herbert WW24 and Kalkbult photovoltaic power projects underway in the Northern Cape Province.