Standard Chartered operates in some of world’s most dynamic markets, leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Standard Chartered aspires to be the best international bank in its markets through leading by example to be the right partner for its stakeholders. The group now employs 85,000 people, representing 129 nationalities in over 70 countries. It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. The Bank’s heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, ‘Here for good’. In Vietnam, Standard Chartered’s history can be traced back to 1904 when the Bank opened its first branch in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). Following the official approval from the State Bank of Vietnam, effective 1 August 2009, Standard Chartered commenced operations in its locally incorporated entity – Standard Chartered Bank (Vietnam) Limited. Local Incorporation was an important milestone in Standard Chartered’s development in Vietnam. Standard Chartered Bank (Vietnam) Ltd. now has Head office in Hanoi, three branches in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh with nearly 900 staff. The Bank provides a full suite of products and services to corporates, financial institutions, small and medium enterprises and individuals. Standard Chartered brings its international expertise and experience in other emerging markets to Vietnam, where it actively contributes to the development of the banking and finance sector in the country. The Bank also plays an active role in the Vietnamese community and has demonstrated this through many social and charitable activities.