Corporate Social Responsibility
We are a trusted corporate citizen and our CSR projects are aimed at uplifting the communities we operate in. Through various community interventions, we effectively reinforce our values and achieve our business objectives. We partner with key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to select credible social partners and projects that have a sustainable impact on our communities. Our priority areas are education and health. The following initiatives were conducted in 2013 and 2014:
Cancer and diabetes being two diseases that are highly prevalent in Mauritius, the bank helped in the fight against them by sponsoring two NGOs actively involved in raising awareness about the prevalence and risks of cancer and diabetes respectively:
Link to Life
The bank supports two projects implemented by Link to Life which we believe will have a direct impact on the life of the children affected by cancer and their parents.
· Provide free transport services for children suffering from cancer to follow their treatment at Victoria Hospital, Candos.
· Provide psychological support services to children suffering from cancer and their parents.
The bank partnered with T1 Diams to publish a booklet which explains Type 1 diabetes to children. Treatment for Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong commitment of blood sugar monitoring, insulin, healthy eating and regular exercise – even for kids. The booklet will help to shed light on this type of diabetes which affects mainly children and teenagers
We firmly believe that it is our responsibility to manage the environmental and social impacts that our activities, products and services have on society and to respond to critical environmental issues.
Loss of biodiversity in an ecosystem can give rise to dramatic environmental changes that will directly impact our quality of life and the ability to prosper economically. We partnered with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) to fund a number of initiatives aimed at preserving endangered species, namely:
- Kestrel Project, which aims to protect the Mauritius Kestrel, one of the endangered species on the island.
- Echo Parakeet Project.
- The Grande Montagne Nature Reserve restoration project in Rodrigues, with the aim of restoring the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve, which is home to various endemic plants and two surviving endemic birds (the Rodrigues Fody and the Rodrigues Warbler) as well as the Rodrigues fruit bat and insects.
For the past four years, the Bank has launched a Scholarship Programme to allow bright students with limited financial means to follow undergraduate courses at the University of Mauritius. In 2015, the total number of students benefiting from the Standard Bank scholarship amounted to thirty, with the Bank financing their university fees as well as providing a monthly stipend to each beneficiary. For the 2016 scholarship program, we will also consider undergraduate courses at the University of Technology (Mauritius).
How to register:
Send us the following documents either by email or to our registered office in Ebene addressed to the Chairman of the CSR Committee.
- Motivation letter with full contact details.
- Confirmation from UOM/UTM on full time enrolment for 2016-2017.
- Copy of result slip.
- Proof of family income not exceeding MUR15,000 monthly.
The selected candidates will then be called upon for an interview and benefit from a yearly registration fee not exceeting MUR 30,000 and a monthly stipend of MUR 5,000.
The bank marked Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrated on 18 July every year, by encouraging all employees to give their time to the community. The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. The bank gave the opportunity to its employees to give back time to the community by allowing them to help a non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that they have at heart.
The NGOs selected that were selected for this initiative were:
Association Mille Soleil
Association pour l’Accompagnement, la Rehabilitation et l’Insertion Sociale des Enfants
Association pour l’Education des Enfants Defavorises
Cheshire Home, Tamarin
Foyer Mgr Leen
Jean Vaulbert de Chantilly Alzheimer Centre
Lizie dans la main
Lois Lagesse Trust Fund