At Standard Chartered, we are committed to promoting equality in the workplace and creating an inclusive and flexible culture – one where everyone can realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to our organisation.

With over 86,000 employees in more than 60 markets, we are proud to represent the broad range of cultures across the communities we serve. It’s our diversity that makes us stronger.  Not only across our unique global footprint, but in the diversity of our colleagues and customers. That’s why we are committed to providing an inclusive and safe working environment that enables our colleagues’ diverse strengths to impact our clients and communities.

And when we say we promote diversity and an inclusive culture, we mean it. Our three dedicated global employee networks, Women, Disability and LGBT+ & Allies, are at the heart of ensuring we create an organisation where everyone feels they have a voice that will be heard. These networks, along with more than 50 local employee networks, raise awareness and offer professional development, mentoring, networking and connections to our communities. As an organisation, we also ensure our policies are inclusive and we regularly train management on how to minimise unconscious bias.  Our global diversity and inclusion integration panel also ensures we embed this culture of inclusion in all our day-to-day activities from recruitment and talent management to benefits and compensation.

We strive for a safe, supportive and empowering environment for our LGBT+ colleagues and clients. Treating people with dignity and respect, regardless of sexual orientation – ensuring everyone is comfortable bringing their whole selves to work – is the right thing to do, and good for business.

We’re proud to have joined Open for Business to demonstrate our belief that successful companies thrive in an open and diverse environment, and that anti-LGBT sentiment runs counter to the interests of business and economic development.  We are also very proud of Ben Cawley, our Chairperson of the Standard Chartered LGBT+ & Allies Network in the UK, and nominee in the Corporate Rising Star category.