History of ING
To empower has always been our purpose. But how have we done that through the decades?
By helping people to stay a step ahead in life and in business, especially when they have encountered setbacks. And over the years there have been many – major financial crises, when unemployment among young people skyrocketed or when real estate collapsed in the 1980s. Not to mention coping with social changes like the fall of the Berlin Wall or Europe’s recovery from the Second World War.
Discover ING’s history through a series of videos that trace our heritage back to the 18th century.
How did we become the ING you know today?
The orange lion, a symbol of our Dutch roots, adorns ING offices all around the world. Discover how ING started and the numerous mergers and acquisitons that created ING as it is today.
Small-medium sized enterprises
The movers and shakers. The freedom people who take brave decisions to change their lives and those of others. These are the people we like to partner with at ING. How did our predecessors support small businesses during the Great Depression of the 1930s?
Barings bank’s first big client was Napoleon. What did this British bank do for the French statesman in 1803 and how is ING related to what was once the UK’s most powerful investment bank?
Have many times have you tapped a contactless card or smartphone to pay for your coffee? Payments haven’t always been this easy. ING’s been helping people pay for things since 1918.
Millions of savers around the world entrust their money to us. Just like 17-year-old Margaretha did over a century ago when she deposited her first savings with our predecessor Rijkspostspaarbank.
Much has changed for home buyers since the first mortgage banks were established in Europe. Except for one thing: it’s still one of the most important decisions people will make in their lives.
What does the lion stand for?
ING’s orange lion goes back to our Dutch roots. Orange is the national colour of the Netherlands, and the lion is the country’s national symbol.
It also represents our rich history, with several of our founding companies featuring lions in their logos. The government-owned Rijkspostspaarbank, had the Dutch coat of arms flanked by two lions. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Nederlandsche Middenstandsbank (NMB), used the same logo on its stationery and official documents. And even further back, Dutch insurers De Nederlanden van 1845 and the Nationale Levensverzekering-Bank both had lions in their logos before they merged to become Nationale-Nederlanden, another ING predecessors.
Through all these mergers the lion survived and remains the symbol of ING today.