OUR MATERIAL THEMES

 
 

MANAGING ECONOMIC HEADWINDS

 

Africa is our home and we are committed to the expansion and deepening of our business across the continent. Economic growth has slowed significantly in several of our countries of operation. By carefully managing risk across of our portfolio, limiting our exposure to the commodities sector, and successfully identifying and investing in growth sectors at national and regional level, we have continued to grow in Africa, and support African growth.

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CONTENTS

MANAGING RISK IN A LOW GROWTH ENVIRONMENT

2016 was a challenging year for the global economy.

GROWTH PROSPECTS IN 2017

We expect growth in sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate gradually in 2017...

MAXIMISING THE IMPACT OF ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT (ED) AND EMPOWERMENT FINANCING

Supporting the start-up of new enterprises is the best way to create new jobs.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE LICENCE TO OPERATE

In 2016, we were awarded a full banking licence in Côte d’Ivoire...

PARTNERING WITH GOVERNMENTS TO DELIVER DEVELOPMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Standard Bank partnered with governments across Africa...

INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY TO DRIVE SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH

Renewable energy is a huge potential growth area for Africa.

CONSIDERING ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL RISKS

Our environmental and social (E&S) risk approach is centred mainly on large qualifying transactions in corporate and investment banking...

INVESTING IN HEALTHCARE SUPPORTS SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

General Electric East Africa tendered for and won a contract with the Kenyan Government...

SEE THE VALUE OF FINANCING ECOTOURISM

During 2016, our corporate and investment teams were proud to play a crucial part in the growth of one of the largest ecotourism businesses in Africa, Wilderness Safaris.

INVESTING IN EDUCATION ENABLES INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH

We believe that investment in improving educational outcomes is a crucial part of the effort to unleash Africa’s potential and drive her growth.

SEE OUR IMPACTS:
SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL

Invest in infrastructure (energy, water, transport and ICT)

Contribute to employment creation

Promote environmental sustainability (and climate change mitigation and adaption)

Combat (financial and cyber) crime and corruption

 

Invest in financial inclusion

Invest in enterprise development, entrepreneurship, and innovation

Invest in education, learning and development

Facilitate inclusive economic growth

Advance African economic integration and development

Support good governance

Global and African economy challenges
Maximising enterprise development and empowerment financing
Partnering with government to deliver developmental infrastructure
Since 2012, 85% of energy investments have been into renewable energy
Financing the positive impact of nature-based tourism
Investing in education enables inclusive economic growth

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