Standard Chartered is considered one of the top international financial institutions around the world serving customers in close to 150 markets throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The bank is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India. Standard Chartered employs more than 86,000 and takes great pride in allowing each to reach their full potential.

For example, in Nigeria, research shows that the country still suffers from wide-spread gender inequality and is, therefore, missing out on a key component to economic success. Closing the gender gap would contribute to higher growth and productivity and greater improvement in economic stability, and Standard Chartered Bank is making great strides in this effort by a welcoming environment to all with its diversity and inclusion and gender equality policies.

The financial institution’s Women in Finance Charter makes a commitment to the representation of women amongst its middle and senior management. Females will occupy 30 percent of Standard Chartered’s top four levels of senior roles by 2020. Those numbers reflect a 28 percent increase from today.

The bank has a network for women that provides flexible working practices and increased benefits for new parents. Standard Chartered also features a “Goal programme” for adolescent girls to instill self-confidence and achievement. These global community programs zero in on education, employability, and entrepreneurship. In 2018, the bank provided financial education training to more than 116,000 young people and entrepreneurs; 90 percent of the recipients were women.

The financial institution is driving the empowerment of female customers and community members.

Standard Chartered believes in a more balanced workplace and has designed several initiatives to achieve its mission. For instance, the bank includes LGBT & Allies Employee Network Groups to ensure that those who work at the financial institution feel that they’re in a safe, supportive and empowering workplace regardless of their sexual orientation and identification.

Those employees with disabilities are also a high priority for the international bank that puts in place scalable systems and practices for their needs. Standard Chartered is supporting the international call to press forward and progress gender equality.

“We view diversity, inclusion, and respect for all colleagues as critical to our future success.”