The history of the Standard Bank Group dates back to the year 1862 when the Bank of British South Africa Limited was formed. The bank offers various banking and related financial services, including Consumer Banking; Private Banking; Investment Banking and Commercial Banking; as well as Wealth Management; Investment Management; Insurance and Foreign Currency Exchange.

The Standard Bank Group currently employs over 55 000 staff members, is present in 20 African countries and is the biggest banking group by assets in Africa.

The JSE listed company is one of the countries 4 full-service banks, and owns a large stake in Liberty Holdings Limited, a South African listed insurance company.