Lamin K. Manjang

CEO Kenya & E.Africa

Standard Chartered Bank

"The Kenya Bankers Association Sustainable Finance Initatiative (SFI) was widely adopted by Standard Chartered Bank."

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"The Kenya Bankers Association Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) was widely adopted by Standard Chartered Bank. We use our core business of banking to promote sustainable development in our markets by financing key sectors that enable sustainable economic growth and job creation, and managing the environmental and social risks associated with our lending activity. We support $2.8 billion of value-added impacts across East Africa.This is equal to 2.1% of the region’s GDP. Therefore, sustainable finance is integral to our purpose: Here for good.


We use our core business of banking to promote sustainable development in our markets by financing key sectors that enable sustainable economic growth and job creation, and managing the environmental and social risks associated with our lending activity.We support $2.8 billion of value-added impacts across East Africa.This is equal to 2.1% of the region’s GDP.Therefore, sustainable finance is integral to our purpose: Here for good.


Although we had integrated social and environmental considerations into our lending decisions through our Environmental and Social Risk Management Framework, it was critical to integrate sustainability thinking across the entire organisation in line with our commitments, and with industry standards and expectations.


It was easy to get our people to register and complete the e-learning course. The objectives of the SFI aligned to our business strategy that focused on putting our customers first. Additionally, it further embedded our valued behaviours: ‘Never settle’, ‘Better together’ and ‘Do the right thing' into the way we work.

Across all employees in Kenya, the Bank hit an over 95% completion rate, one year before the industry deadline.


It is clear that the KBA’s SFI e-learning was timely and crucial for our Bank and the industry, as a whole, to adopt.We look forward to the next phase of the initiative, as we continue the journey of strengthening the capability of our Bank to deliver sustainable outcomes for our clients."




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