About us

Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets and earnings. Our strategy is to build the leading African-focused financial services organisation using all our competitive advantages to the full. We will focus on delivering superior sustainable shareholder value by serving the needs of our customers through first-class, on-the-ground operations in chosen countries in Africa. We will also connect other selected emerging markets to Africa and to each other, applying our sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, globally. We operate in 20 countries on the African continent, including South Africa, and in countries outside Africa where we can access the pools of capital in developed markets.

Standard Bank has a 151 year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s. Africa is at our core and we will continue to build first-class on-the-ground banks. The group has more than 1 200 branches on the African continent and representation in key global financial centres.

The group’s nearly 49 000 employees across all regions deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management.

Standard Bank Group had total assets of R1 694 billion (about USD162 billion) at 31 December 2013, while its market capitalisation was R209.4 billion (about USD20 billion).

The group’s largest shareholder is Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets.

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Citywire Wealth Manager Awards

  • Best Small Firm, Short Listed (2011, 2010)
  • Balanced Portfolio, Short Listed (2010)
  • Cautious Portfolio, Short Listed (2010)

International Fund & Product Awards

  • Best International Banking Service*, Winner (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009)
  • Best International Structured Product Provider, Winner (2013)
  • Best International Structured Product Provider, Highly Commended (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)
  • Best International Sales Team, Shortlisted (2011)
  • Best Growth Product, Winner (2008)
  • Best Offshore Product, Winner (2008)
  • Best Fully Capital Protected Product, Highly Commended (2008)

*Formerly Best International Bank and Best Expatriate Bank

Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence

  • International Business of the Year, Finalist (2011)

World Finance Banking Awards 2012

  • Best Commercial Bank - Channel Islands, Winner (2012)

Group awards can be found here

Best International Banking Service Best International Structured Products Provider

Our vision

  • We are committed to making a real difference to financial services in South Africa and other emerging markets.
  • We will ensure long-term sustainability by harmonising the needs of our customers, our people and our shareholders and by being relevant to the societies in which we operate.
  • We will only succeed if we are able to attract, retain, develop and deploy teams of people with energy, passion and skills.

Our values

  • Serving our customers

    We do everything in our power to ensure that we provide our customers with the products, services and solutions to suit their needs, provided that everything we do for them is based on sound business principles.

  • Growing our people

    We encourage and help our people to develop to their full potential, and measure our leaders on how well they grow and challenge the people they lead.

  • Delivering to our shareholders

    We understand that we earn the right to exist by providing appropriate long-term returns to our shareholders. We try extremely hard to meet our various targets and deliver on our commitments.

  • Being proactive

    We strive to stay ahead by anticipating rather than reacting, but our actions are always carefully considered.

  • Working in teams

    We, and all aspects of our work, are interdependent. We appreciate that, as teams, we can achieve much greater things than as individuals. We value teams within and across business units, divisions and countries.

  • Guarding against arrogance

    We have confidence in our ability to achieve ambitious goals and we celebrate success, but we must never allow ourselves to become arrogant.

  • Respecting each other

    We have the highest regard for the dignity of all people. We respect each other and what Standard Bank stands for. We recognise that there are corresponding obligations associated with our individual rights.

  • Upholding the highest levels of integrity

    Our entire business model is based on trust and integrity as perceived by our stakeholders, especially our customers.

Standard Bank is committed to running a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in the local communities in which we operate. Sponsorships are a key element of this as they help to energise our brand, making it more visible, interesting and relevant.

We highly value our South African roots and are keen to sponsor opportunities that have an African connection as well as those that contribute to our local communities. We are involved in a wide range of sporting and arts initiatives predominantly in Jersey and the Isle of Man.



Standard Bank has forged long-term partnerships through sponsoring cricket. We support cricket because it is a game which demands the best of its players both as individuals and as part of a team, an ethos that is shared by us.

Since 1996 we have been headline sponsor of the Isle of Man Cricket Association, enabling the running of the island's senior leagues and cups for 12 clubs and around 700 registered players. The ‘ Standard Bank Player of the Month’ Award was introduced in 2010 to reward excellence at an individual level.

In Jersey we have sponsored the Jersey Cricket Board’s annual under 16s county festival since the mid 1990s, and more recently extended our support to enable the Board to facilitate the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) on the island.


We are proud to sponsor junior golf in Jersey. The Standard Bank Junior Tour and the annual Standard Bank inter-insular Challenge Trophy against Guernsey have become integral to the nurturing of golf talent in the Island and we are proud of our long-term involvement.

In 2012 we extended our relationship with the Jersey Golf Union to include sponsorship of the island men’s team.

Island Games

Standard Bank supports an annual fundraising golf day organised by the Jersey Golf Union (JGU) and the Jersey Ladies Golf Association (JLGA). The funds raised help to cover the teams’ expenses to travel to the Island Games which are held every two years and involve 24 member islands. The next Island Games take place in Bermuda in 2013.

Supporting charities

Centre Point Trust

In Jersey Standard Bank staff volunteered their time to help local Jersey children by supporting Centre Point Trust to improve its childcare facilities during weekend work projects over the last three years. Their efforts have resulted in new play facilities at three of Centre Point’s venues.

More information can be found on the charity here

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Trust was set up by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell to save endangered species from extinction. The Trust not only has strong links with Africa (many of the species are indigenous to SA) but is also a huge part of the local community in Jersey. Standard Bank is proud to be a corporate member of the Trust.

More information can be found on the charity here

Jersey Heritage Trust

The Trust is responsible for the island's major historic sites, award–winning museums and public archives we are pleased to be playing a part in restoring Jersey's local history.

More information can be found on the charity here

The Isle of Man Children’s Centre

Standard Bank staff in the Isle of Man volunteered their time to work on clearing the farmland at The Children’s Centre small holding. This a multi-use environment, where children, young people and families can spend time developing an appreciation for the countryside and learning to respect nature, our support helped to get the project off the ground in 2011.

More information can be found on the charity here

Hospice Isle of Man

To support this important IOM charity, Standard Bank hosted a fundraising talk on May 15 by Rob Caskie a former principal lecturer at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Guests enjoyed an evening during which Rob brought to life the story of those attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment during the Zulu wars and the event raised significant amount of money for the charity.

More information can be found on the charity here

Commonwealth Youth Games

The Commonwealth Youth Games was held in the Isle of Man in 2011 and our staff helped to make this event a success by volunteering as hosts for visiting Games representatives, athletes, coaching teams and supporters.

Kibera Orphanage in Kenya

Standard Bank has reached out to a nursery school in Kenya’s largest slum area. We chose to do this as part of our commitment to support the communities in which we operate and in order to forge links with our heritage. Our support enabled the school to offer an education to more children by employing a second teacher.

Details of Standard Bank Jersey Limited:

Registration number: 43694

Registered office:
Standard Bank House
47-49 La Motte Street
St Helier

Details of Standard Bank Isle of Man Limited:

Registration number: 4713

Registered office:
Standard Bank House
One Circular Road
Isle of Man

For a summary of up to date financial statements please click on the links below:

2013 Summary financial statements Standard Bank Isle of Man Limited

2013 Summary financial statements Standard Bank Jersey Limited

2012 Summary financial statements Standard Bank Isle of Man Limited

2012 Summary financial statements Standard Bank Jersey Limited

2011 Summary financial statements Standard Bank Isle of Man Limited

2011 Summary financial statements Standard Bank Jersey Limited

Standard Bank Group financial results can be found here

Standard Bank Group credit rating information can be found here