Our purpose as an international bank is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity. We’re committed to promoting economic and social development in the markets we serve.
The Seeing is Believing by Standard Chartered programme makes eye care accessible to low and middle income communities in their fight against avoidable blindness. In India, we have opened 135 vision centers across 22 states and have conducted 2.36 million cataract surgeries and dispensed close to 1,97,000 spectacles overall benefitting close to 14 million people since the inception of Seeing is Believing by Standard Chartered programme. We plan to declare 3000 villages blindness free and open 200 vision centres over the next 2 years, with the first batch of 90 opening by December 2020. These vision centres are expected to benefit 6.8 million people.
WASHE (Water Sanitation Hygiene and Education) aims at providing access to clean water, sanitation and education to adolescent girls in municipal schools and disadvantaged communities at large. By our water resource management projects in drought prone areas, we have provided clean drinking water through 64 solar water ATMs across 7 states. Over the next three years, we will support 75 villages, half of which will be in aspirational districts, spread over the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab and impact the lives of an additional 1,50,000 people.
futuremakers is our global initiative that focuses on enabling the next generation to learn, earn, and grow.
We are helping provide education and life skills to over 1,30,000 adolescent girls through different quality delivery models. Helping build capacity in the Eye Health sector is an important agenda for us. We are creating a workforce of high-quality eye care professionals to combat blindness and visual impairment in India through classroom teaching and other online platforms. We are also looking to set up 10 career academies across India to help gain skills in the BFSI sector, future employability.
Through our work in the communities, we have touched the lives of 4 million Indians. Here are some stories that we are extremely proud of.
Employee volunteering is fundamental to our Bank’s culture. Every employee is offered three days of full pay leave to volunteer during working hours.
The Bank’s volunteering programme helps staff discover opportunities to empower beneficiaries of our community investment programmes. Our employees share their time and expertise through events such as financial education camps, mentoring classes, career coaching, digital literacy, tree plantation, clean-up drives, and much more. They are our champions of change.
"The partnership with Standard Chartered Bank is going to impact the lives of millions of lives with vision impairment through the modern version of primary care Vision Centres supported by the bank. Yet another transformational programme is through building professional careers to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds financially and geographically through the education programmes supported by the bank. One feels immensely gratified seeing the change in these girls . Their progress in turn benefits their families . We are grateful to Standard Chartered for making this possible
L V Prasad Eye Institute
"We are delighted to partner with Standard Chartered Bank for initiatives in Holistic School Transformation & Drinking Water for our rural communities. This support will provide access to quality and joyful education reaching out to over 29000 children and sustainable access to drinking water for ~1500 Households. Look forward to together building a better future for our rural communities, taking a step towards creating One India - an India that is not marred by the Rural and Urban divide."
Founder, Swades Foundation
"Standard Chartered Bank is one of our key partners supporting the cause of 'Safe Drinking Water to All'. Together we have demonstrated our serious commitment to help local communities in leading better and healthier lives. In the last 4 years we have created safe drinking water access for 82,000 people, and going forward over the next 3 years we will support over 100 villages and impact the lives of additional 90,000 people. As a partner Standard Chartered Bank has always emphasized ‘Innovative Solutions’ and ‘Sustainability’ driven by community ownership.
Chief Executive Officer, Piramal Sarvajal
"The Standard Chartered Bank-Teach for India partnership has helped us tremendously as we work towards our vision to provide an excellent education for all children. A remarkable feature of the partners hip has been the extension beyond the boardroom to the employees, Fellows and students' lives. Standard Chartered Bank employees have committed many hours in our classrooms. The recent Financial Literacy training conducted by your Finance Team using the student-friendly RBI Comic-books in our classrooms in Mumbai is a brilliant example of how the employees shared their wisdom to provide exposure to our students who would transfer the learnings in their communities on the various Financial tools available. I am grateful to Karuna and the Standard Chartered Bank team for their investment in us and our children. On behalf of my team, thank you very much and we look forward to having you as our crucial champion as we aspire to infuse 5000 leaders in the ecosystem by 2022-23."
CEO and Founder Trustee
"At Project Nanhi Kali, our aim is to enable underprivileged girls to complete schooling with dignity. We are extremely grateful to Standard Chartered Bank for joining us on this journey and supporting the education of over 4200 girls from underserved communities in Mumbai, Moga, Visakhapatnam, Varanasi and Barabanki. Every girl receives quality academic support, access to digital tablets preloaded with educational content, essential school supplies and even feminine hygiene material. With the provision of continuous nurturing, dignity, education and care, our collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank will enable these young girls to grow into empowered women."
Executive Director of the K. C. Mahindra Education Trust
"Akanksha's foray into improving the Public-School education system began around 10 years ago. Our aim is to help parents from the poorest communities who struggle to make ends meet, dream of a brighter future and hope for a better life for their children. Our school practices and strategies focus on building positive and memorable experiences for children and this is possible only because of the belief and trust that our partners have in us. Standard Chartered Bank supports two of our schools in Mumbai and we have been able to implement innovative instruction strategies, introduce a variety of after-school programs, provide our teachers the necessary training and professional development and partner with the parents of our students to impact the wider community. Without the generous support of the entire team at Standard Chartered, we would not be able fulfil the dreams of hundreds of our students and their parents."
CEO, The Akanksha Foundation