Sustainability in Korea
We offer various sustainability programmes with the belief that the development of local communities is the driving force behind sustainable growth. Share & Care is our employee-led volunteer programme for local communities and we provide every employee two days’ paid volunteer leave to promote employee engagement. Our Good Box programme encourages employees to identify the volunteering needs of disadvantaged people in communities where we do business, and Futuremakers by Standard Chartered helps young people access economic opportunities through education.
Futuremakers by Standard Chartered (since 2019)
In 2019, we launched Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, a new community engagement initiative to empower the next generation to learn, earn and grow. Social and economic inequality limits the potential of young people and impedes their growth, and disadvantaged young people are disproportionately impacted by the challenges of inequality in learning skills and accessing opportunities in education, employability, and entrepreneurship. We are committed to tackling inequality and increasing economic inclusion for disadvantaged young people, especially girls and the visually impaired, through our unique diversity and skills-based volunteering.
- Audio Library Project (since 2011)
The Audio Library Project is our flagship sustainability programme which creates audio books on culture and education for the visually impaired through voice donations. It has been positively received as it raises awareness about the needs of people with visual disabilities and offers an opportunity for the public to donate their talent. As a good example of ‘participatory skills-based volunteering campaigns’, it attracted over 300,000 participants and received many prestigious awards and recognitions for its excellence, including the Grand Prize for Effectiveness at the Busan International Advertising Festival in 2012; the Health and Welfare Minister’s Commendation in 2013; the Grand Prize in the Educational Contents App category at the Smart App Awards Korea in 2014; the Silver Stevie for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year in Asia at the International Business Awards in 2015; the Good Advertising Award in the Online category at the Korea Advertising Awards in 2017; and the Korea Federation of Banks Chairman’s Award in the CSR category at the Best Banker Awards in Korea in 2017. From 2019, it will continue to develop content to empower disadvantaged young people in Korea under the theme of Futuremakers.
- Financial Education for Youth (since 2013)
Standard Chartered has offered Financial Education for Youth in around 20 countries since 2013 as a sustainability initiative to improve the financial literacy of the younger generation. Korea also launched Financial Education for Youth for elementary and middle school students in the country using an independently developed curriculum in 2015. In addition, we provide financial education for visually impaired youth in partnership with blind schools in Korea based on our customised learning tools and materials such as Braille and audio books.