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Our group blog has moved

Standard Bank Group blogs have moved to http://community.standardbank.co.za/t5/Blog/bg-p/Blog/label-name/group. This new portal also includes our newest blog called Living Africa, which celebrates the spirit of Africa.

Visit "www.standardbank.com/blogs" (that’s blogs with an “s”) to explore the new home of our blogs.

Blogs managed by our teams in Kenya, Nigeria and Namibia can still be found here:
- Kenya, http://www.standardbank.com/blog/kenya
- Nigeria, http://www.standardbank.com/blog/nigeria
- Namibia, http://www.standardbank.com/blog/namibia.

Arts blog moving forward to a new home

We have a new blog portal which will now house our Arts and Culture blog at www.standardbank.com/blogs. This new portal also includes our newest blog called Living Africa, which celebrates the spirit of Africa.

Visit www.standardbank.com/blogs (that’s blogs with an “s”) to explore the new home of our blogs.

Enter the world of digital marketing

In the fast-paced and ever-changing world of digital marketing, where the world keeps getting smaller and digital platforms are a dominant source of communication and information, Standard Bank Group is a competitive and dynamic player at the forefront of new technologies.

Living our values

Standard Bank Group is built on a solid set of values, which includes respecting difference in any form: gender, age, race, skin colour, religion, ideology, sexual orientation, or disability. We also value difference in culture, ethnic or national origin, and political and philosophical conviction.

We expect our colleagues in every country to at all time reflect the values of Standard Bank Group.

Do your bit to Change Climate Change

On 28 March 2015 at 8.30 pm (CAT), we will be supporting Earth Hour, a symbolic event to raise awareness around climate change.

Climate change is happening and will affect all of us in our lifetimes. There are many things we can do as a company and as individuals to reduce the impact of climate change. At Standard Bank Group, we will be turning off the lights in buildings we own around the world for one hour. You can do the same at home to raise awareness with your friends and family.

Standard Bank Group results for 2014 shows steady growth in Africa

This morning we released our financial results for 2014. Standard Bank Group continued steady growth in Africa during the year following a steady realignment of the our resources to focus on the continent, including the sale of 60% of our global markets business outside Africa to our strategic partner, ICBC.



Headline earnings from continuing operations increased 20% to R21,1-billion, boosted by good revenue growth of 15%. However, our headline earnings were affected by the performance of the discontinued global markets outside Africa business and increased by only 1% to R17,3-billion.

Annual results discussion live this Thursday

This Thursday we’ll be announcing Standard Bank Group’s financial results for 2014.

You can watch a live webcast at 11.30am (CAT) during which our leadership team will discuss the results. They will also take questions. Visit www.standardbank.com/reporting to register for the webcast.

You may also follow www.twitter.com/SBGroup for live updates throughout the presentation. Use #SBGresults to be part of the conversation.

Sustainability is key

With World Water day taking place on 22 March and Earth Hour on 28 March, we have dedicated this month to sustainability.

Each year, World Water Day reminds people about how important water is and encourages them to be more aware of their water usage. According to the Institute of Security Studies, South Africans use 235 litres of water each day compared to the international average of 173 litres. If we continue at this rate, we will push the country into a water crisis.

The year of the sheep

2015’s Chinese New Year is the year of the Sheep, and begins on 19 February.

The Year 2015 is the 4712th Chinese year. The Year of the Sheep is all about contemplating and appreciating what has already been accomplished and to think about bringing goodness to others. This year, take a deep breath and calmly look at what's ahead. A steady path, generosity and keeping the peace are this year's mantra.

Ivory Coast takes the trophy

Ivory Coast took the title of AFCON 2015 champions in a battle against Ghana this past weekend.

Ghana played Ivory Coast in the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations final where Ivory Coast emerged as the winner. Football teams and their fans from various African countries gathered in the city of Bata, Equatorial Guniea to watch the exciting match. Goalkeeper, Boubacar Barry, scored the winning goal for his team with a score line that saw Ivory Coast win 9-8 on penalties after the final ended in 0-0 following extra time.

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