STANDARD Bank sees good corporate governance as a competitive advantage, not a checklist to be completed. The South African group ensures full cross-border compliance wherever it operates. It has embarked on an expansion plan across the continent, and continuously reviews its regulatory status. Governance, for Standard Bank, presents an opportunity for enhanced accountability, transparency and leadership. The bank reconciles long- and short-term strategies with an ethical hand to create sustainable value for the group, its stakeholders and society. The BV judging panel presents Standard Bank with the 2020 award for Best Bank Governance (South Africa).