Sustainability at ING

From the innovation revolution to the effects of climate change, society faces a lot of challenges. As a global company with 32 million customers, we have a responsibility and opportunity to help. So what can we do? As a bank, we believe our role is to facilitate and finance society’s shift to sustainability. In other words: contribute to progress – environmental, social and economic.

ING publishes Human Rights report 16 November 2018

ING publishes Human Rights report

Taking a look at where our business has the most impact.

ING issues second-ever own green bond 09 November 2018

ING issues second-ever own green bond

ING announced today that we successfully issued a 12-year €1.5 billion and long 7-year $1.25 billion green bond, our second own green bond transaction.

Social covered bond for affordable housing in Korea 07 November 2018

Social covered bond for affordable housing in Korea

ING teams up with Korea Housing Finance Corporation on Asia’s first social covered bond.

Sustainable housing too expensive 25 October 2018

Sustainable housing too expensive

ING survey finds a lack of funds is stopping people from making their homes more sustainable.

Car sharing on the rise 04 October 2018

Car sharing on the rise

ING report finds car sharing is set to accelerate.

ING joins the UN Generation Unlimited partnership to further empower youth 25 September 2018

ING joins the UN Generation Unlimited partnership to further empower youth

ING will join the Generation Unlimited partnership, a United Nations (UN)-led initiative aiming to ensure that every young person is in education, learning, training or employment by 2030.

ING and climate: #10things 24 September 2018

ING and climate: #10things

From Terra to saying no to coal

ING will steer portfolio towards two-degree goal to help combat climate change 14 September 2018

ING will steer portfolio towards two-degree goal to help combat climate change

ING has a lending portfolio of over €500 billion across many sectors, which we’ll now begin steering towards meeting the Paris Agreement’s well-below two-degree goal.

ING again included in DJSI World Index and Europe Index 13 September 2018

ING again included in DJSI World Index and Europe Index

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) named ING among world leaders in the industry category ‘Banks’ and again included ING in the World Index and the Europe Index of this category.

Going circular in the tyre industry 07 September 2018

Going circular in the tyre industry

ING invests in recycling company Black Bear Carbon.

Quality of research conducted by the Fair Finance Guide remains inadequate 04 September 2018

Quality of research conducted by the Fair Finance Guide remains inadequate

On 3 September 2018, the Dutch Banking Association (NVB) announced it had established that the quality of the research conducted by the Fair Finance Guide (Eerlijke Bankwijzer) “does not paint an honest picture of the current situation in the sector.”

Steel with a story 16 August 2018

Steel with a story

From train tracks to kitchenware

From green to greener 30 July 2018

From green to greener

How ING is helping companies look after their future.

ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank launch finance guidelines for circular economy 09 July 2018

ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank launch finance guidelines for circular economy

Guidelines are presented as input for the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

‘Greening’ the finance sector in Austria 26 June 2018

‘Greening’ the finance sector in Austria

How did a ‘tiny’ bank like ING in Austria get to advise the Austrian government on its sustainability strategy?

R2-CO2? Robot helps buildings save energy 25 June 2018

R2-CO2? Robot helps buildings save energy

Buildings waste half of all Dutch sustainably generated energy. This robot’s going to put a stop to that.

What’s your View on sustainability? 19 June 2018

What’s your View on sustainability?

The latest edition of The View is devoted to all things sustainable.

Tulips, windmills and… solar panels? 18 June 2018

Tulips, windmills and… solar panels?

How one small Dutch company is changing the world of solar panels.

Helping teenagers help their communities 31 May 2018

Helping teenagers help their communities

These two teens embody what ING’s partnership with UNICEF is all about.

New HQ design receives highest sustainability rating 16 May 2018

New HQ design receives highest sustainability rating

The design of ING’s new global headquarters has been awarded the highest sustainability rating.

The rise of green bonds 07 May 2018

The rise of green bonds

Eight bond issues that help save the world.

Our brain is in beta testing 11 April 2018

Our brain is in beta testing

Nothing’s impossible at the TFI Summit.

Balancing human rights in our operations 03 April 2018

Balancing human rights in our operations

ING’s new approach guides us.

Fikas, firearms and the fear of missing out 28 March 2018

Fikas, firearms and the fear of missing out

Insights from TFI research on behaviour, personality and finance.

Global Money Week: talking cash in classrooms 21 March 2018

Global Money Week: talking cash in classrooms

ING colleagues taught kids about money as part of this global initiative. Here’s the pictures!

People, planet and plywood 22 February 2018

People, planet and plywood

How one of the world’s leading plywood manufacturers is becoming synonymous with sustainability.

Poland airs smog-free campaign 20 February 2018

Poland airs smog-free campaign

Campaign showing Poles they can take action to make the air cleaner.

ING and EIB provide EUR 300 million to finance green shipping 19 February 2018

ING and EIB provide EUR 300 million to finance green shipping

ING and the European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed an agreement to support green investments for the European shipping market for a total value of EUR 300m. ING and EIB will each contribute EUR 150m to the facility. This agreement will ensure that sponsors of green and sustainable projects in the maritime transport sector can benefit from advantageous financial terms.

Here’s what 200 US execs told us about sustainability and business value 15 February 2018

Here’s what 200 US execs told us about sustainability and business value

We talked to more than 200 US-based executives to hear what they think about sustainability and business value. Here’s what we found out.

How to save money and energy in buildings 07 February 2018

How to save money and energy in buildings

An ING tool helps owners know what steps to take.

ING supports Toyota fund low-emission cars 26 January 2018

ING supports Toyota fund low-emission cars

This green bond makes ‘green’ cars more accessible to consumers.

Davos 2018: climate leadership and circular economy 25 January 2018

Davos 2018: climate leadership and circular economy

CEO Ralph Hamers reports from Davos.

Netherlands home to first floating solar park in Europe 19 January 2018

Netherlands home to first floating solar park in Europe

This year a small town in eastern Netherlands will officially open one of the largest floating solar parks in Europe. ING financed part of it.

ING commits EUR 100 million to fund Sustainable Investments 18 January 2018

ING commits EUR 100 million to fund Sustainable Investments

ING has launched Sustainable Investments, committing EUR 100 million of capital for investments to support sustainable ’scale-ups’ with a proven concept and a positive environmental impact.

Sara’s sustainability journey 18 January 2018

Sara’s sustainability journey

How Sara’s personal sustainability journey mirrors ING’s.

Are we doing enough? 12 December 2017

Are we doing enough?

ING announced today that we will have close to zero exposure to coal power generation by 2025, strengthening our coal policy to support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

ING further sharpens coal policy to support transition to low-carbon economy 12 December 2017

ING further sharpens coal policy to support transition to low-carbon economy

ING has decided to accelerate the reduction of our financing to coal power generation, reducing our exposure to close to zero by 2025. This sharpened coal-financing policy is part of our efforts to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and will come into effect immediately.

Social hackathon? Young people help their peers 01 December 2017

Social hackathon? Young people help their peers

Young people design tools to help kids be better at money in two-day social hackathon.

Think Forward Initiative takes it up a notch 21 November 2017

Think Forward Initiative takes it up a notch

It’s sharper, more structured and using innovation to make impact.

A polar warning 09 November 2017

A polar warning

One woman’s mission to get companies to take action on climate change.

ING funds its first solar farm deal in Australia 01 November 2017

ING funds its first solar farm deal in Australia

Helping Queensland go from “sunshine” state to “solar” state.

ING recognised for leadership on climate action 24 October 2017

ING recognised for leadership on climate action

ING was again named to CDP’s Climate A-list of 117 companies leading on climate change action.

From millions to billions: measuring impact on the global goals 12 October 2017

From millions to billions: measuring impact on the global goals

Imagine getting countries to agree on 17 goals with 169 targets for making the world a better place. Now imagine agreeing on a way to measure it all.

Passports aren’t just for travel 29 September 2017

Passports aren’t just for travel

ING is working with Madaster to eliminate waste in real estate.

When you finance a story 21 September 2017

When you finance a story

From industrial territory to innovation hub.

ING again included in DJSI World Index and Europe Index 07 September 2017

ING again included in DJSI World Index and Europe Index

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) named ING among world leaders in the industry category ‘Banks’ and again included ING in the World Index and the Europe Index of this category.

The girl in my class 17 August 2017

The girl in my class

How a little girl from Kenya changed Lauren’s life.

ING part of UK’s first water sector green bond 15 August 2017

ING part of UK’s first water sector green bond

ING has collaborated with leading water company Anglian Water on the first green bond in the UK water sector.

ING’s first social covered bond boosts Austria’s social infrastructure 27 July 2017

ING’s first social covered bond boosts Austria’s social infrastructure

ING is helping client Kommunalkredit support education, healthcare and social housing projects.

Run, ING, run! 17 July 2017

Run, ING, run!

Five continents. 11 countries. 1,800 ING runners, and EUR 109,242 raised for Run for Youth.

Owning is a thing of the past #WCEF2017 09 June 2017

Owning is a thing of the past #WCEF2017

An average car is parked 95% of the time. There’s a reason why car-buying isn’t as popular anymore. Investing in one just to take that Tuesday morning conference call while stuck in traffic doesn’t cut it. Why commit to owning products, when you can shift to simply using them? This is a big part of the circular economy movement, which focuses on recycling and reusing resources.

ING, ABN AMRO and NIBC call on other banks to unite for responsible ship recycling 30 May 2017

ING, ABN AMRO and NIBC call on other banks to unite for responsible ship recycling

ING, ABN AMRO and NIBC call upon other financial institutions to unite and endorse the Responsible Ship Recycling Standards (RSRS) during the leading maritime NOR-shipping event in Oslo on 30 May 2017.

The question of money 18 May 2017

The question of money

Imagine you have a headache and take a pill to feel better. If you knew the pill cost 50 cents, would it make you feel better than if you were told that same pill cost one cent?

08 May 2017

Reaction to National Contact Point notification about ING by Greenpeace, BankTrack, Milieudefensie* and Oxfam

Today, four NGOs have requested the Dutch National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines to make a statement on ING’s climate policy regarding the following two issues:

Eye to eye with climate change 03 May 2017

Eye to eye with climate change

Most of us know that climate change is melting glaciers, but not many of us have gotten a chance to see it with our own eyes.

ING joins call for greater disclosure of climate risks and opportunities 21 April 2017

ING joins call for greater disclosure of climate risks and opportunities

Leading up to the G20 Finance Ministers Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund that start today in Washington, the WEF Climate Leaders Alliance (of which ING is a member) urges G20 governments to formally accept the Recommendations on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) as set by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Taskforce.

How ING and UNICEF help Erjona look towards the future in Kosovo 12 April 2017

How ING and UNICEF help Erjona look towards the future in Kosovo

The project helps kids stand strong and make positive changes in their community.

The telecom binman 30 March 2017

The telecom binman

Once upon a time, Joost sold second-hand mobile phones in Africa. It was a good business. But when he realised that he was only adding to a growing global e-waste problem, Joost turned his business model upside down.

How thinking in circles can save water 22 March 2017

How thinking in circles can save water

There are seven and a half billion people on the planet, yet only 2.5 percent of the world’s water is fresh. Millions continue to have no access to drinking water and that scarcity is set to worsen with an increasing global population and climate change. All is not lost though. A new water report produced by ING shows how the circular economy could save 400 billion of cubic metres of water every year.

ING has sold its stake in Dakota Access pipeline loan 21 March 2017

ING has sold its stake in Dakota Access pipeline loan

ING has reached an agreement for the sale of its loan to the Dakota Access pipeline. The sale follows a constructive dialogue between ING and representatives from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and has the full support of the Tribe.

Need to save more? Learn how to ‘unspend’ 17 March 2017

Need to save more? Learn how to ‘unspend’

Read about this and other insights from this week’s Think Forward Summit.

ING powers the way into solar energy in Japan 25 January 2017

ING powers the way into solar energy in Japan

ING is helping Japan meet its renewable energy targets by financing a project that will generate enough solar electricity to power 4,500 households.

ING’s Davos to-do list 18 January 2017

ING’s Davos to-do list

The weather may be freezing, but the energy is electric at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland this week.

17 January 2017

ING is world’s fifth-most-sustainable corporation, says Corporate Knights

ING is fifth in the 2017 list of world’s 100 most sustainable corporations. The ranking is done by Corporate Knights, the world’s largest magazine focused on sustainability and responsible business.

How to start your dream 16 December 2016

How to start your dream

It wasn’t just a regular fashion show. The catwalk models weren’t wearing the latest outfits from Karl Lagerfeld’s or Stella McCartney’s collections. In this fashion show, supported by ING Australia’s Dreamstarter initiative, the designers were refugees.

15 December 2016

ING will only finance ‘green’ office buildings in the Netherlands after 2017

ING will only offer new financing for office buildings in the Netherlands that meet the requirements for a ‘green’ energy label after 2017.

Collaborating on a more sustainable future in Asia 22 November 2016

Collaborating on a more sustainable future in Asia

The Sustainable Finance Collective Asia (SFCA) is a first-of-its-kind funding initiative for sustainability projects in the region.

Could banking with fintechs be the answer in developing and emerging countries? 22 November 2016

Could banking with fintechs be the answer in developing and emerging countries?

For those living in developing and emerging countries, getting access to banking services can be difficult. After all, banks are hardly in the habit of building new branches in remote communities.

Put on your virtual reality glasses and experience life in Nepal 20 November 2016

Put on your virtual reality glasses and experience life in Nepal

Ever wonder what it would feel like to wake up as a teenager in the mountains just off the Himalayas and run a tea shop to feed your family? Here’s your opportunity to find out.

How ING’s circular economy commitment comes to life through M&A 01 November 2016

How ING’s circular economy commitment comes to life through M&A

ING was advisor and sole underwriter in a merger to form one of Europe’s leading circular economy companies.

ING ranks sixth among Dutch companies for tax transparency 31 October 2016

ING ranks sixth among Dutch companies for tax transparency

ING ranks sixth out of 68 listed companies on tax transparency, according to the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) in its Tax Transparancy Benchmark 2016.

ING joins industry, unions, NGOs, government in fight to protect human rights 28 October 2016

ING joins industry, unions, NGOs, government in fight to protect human rights

ING today joined the Dutch Banking Association (NVB) together with other banks, unions, NGOs and the government in the Netherlands in a commitment to work together to improve human rights around the world.

How fintech can help create 1 bln new jobs in Asia and Africa 27 October 2016

How fintech can help create 1 bln new jobs in Asia and Africa

Fintech is helping small companies in the poorest countries grow and create jobs.

ING named corporate leader on climate change 25 October 2016

ING named corporate leader on climate change

ING is ranked in the top 9% of thousands of companies when it comes to actions and strategies to combat climate change according to leading non-profit organisation CDP.

“The world has a lot of work to do” 29 September 2016

“The world has a lot of work to do”

How did ING’s view on sustainability shift from what we shouldn’t do to what we should, and how can we measure whether we’re doing enough? ING’s head of Lending Services, Christopher Steane, explains.

A responsible road 15 September 2016

A responsible road

ING does about 6,000 wholesale banking transactions each year. How do we make sure none of them pose too much risk to the environment, people and communities? And how do we help clients become more sustainable? Meet the ESR team.

ING rises in DJSI, receives top marks for climate strategy, financial inclusion 08 September 2016

ING rises in DJSI, receives top marks for climate strategy, financial inclusion

ING has substantially improved our performance in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) annual review published today by RobecoSAM.

Water-wise world – five ways ING helps manage the challenges of water 30 August 2016

Water-wise world – five ways ING helps manage the challenges of water

Water is a vital component for life and industry. The irony of water is that both too little of it and too much of it each pose different challenges. World Water Week, held in Stockholm on 28 August - 2 September 2016, is the annual focal point for the world’s water issues. ING will be there.

ING is sustainability leader among banks 25 August 2016

ING is sustainability leader among banks

ING received top scores for environmental, social and governance performance according to Sustainalytics, a global leader in sustainability research.

Employees across five continents run for UNICEF 06 July 2016

Employees across five continents run for UNICEF

More than 4,000 ING employees in 13 countries across five continents put on their running shoes recently for races that support young people in ING’s 2016 “Run for Youth” initiative.

The world's leading CEOs are serious about sustainability 23 June 2016

The world's leading CEOs are serious about sustainability

Nearly nine out of 10 CEOs believe that commitment to sustainability is translating into real impact, according to the world’s largest study of CEO attitudes on sustainability. More than 50 CEOs gave in-depth interviews, including ING CEO Ralph Hamers.

ING joins leading circular economy platform Ellen MacArthur Foundation as CE100 member 02 June 2016

ING joins leading circular economy platform Ellen MacArthur Foundation as CE100 member

ING is taking the next step in our commitment to stimulate the circular economy by joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as an official Circular Economy 100 (CE100) corporate member.

Ending child marriage in Nepal for girls like Gita 24 May 2016

Ending child marriage in Nepal for girls like Gita

Fourteen-year-old Gita wasn’t ready for marriage, but her mother didn’t see any other option. Gita’s father had died suddenly, the family was poor, and they belonged to a community of “untouchables” in the poor country of Nepal.

ING’s green bond receives high ranking and awards 11 May 2016

ING’s green bond receives high ranking and awards

When ING issued its first green bond last November, investors responded positively, with the issue more than two times oversubscribed. Since then the funds have been put to good ‘green’ use, a point recognised by several external parties.

World Water Day highlights importance of research and finance 22 March 2016

World Water Day highlights importance of research and finance

Did you know that water scarcity affects around 40 percent of the world’s population? Or that an estimated 663 million people lack ready access to improved sources of drinking water?

ING Statement on Climate Action 03 March 2016

ING Statement on Climate Action

Climate change is an unparalleled challenge for our world. A challenge to our planet’s health, a challenge to the sustainability of societies and of economies around the world. Banks also have a role to play. ING plays its part in various ways.

08 February 2016

ING requests LEI to do research in reaction to the report of the Dutch NGO ‘Wakker Dier’

On the 18th of August 2014 the Dutch NGO called ‘Wakker Dier’ (an animal rights NGO) published a report on animal welfare in the USA animal husbandry sector. It expressed its concerns about companies in the USA not respecting animal welfare as a consequence of a lack of legislation around animal housing and care.

ING commits to renewable electricity for all buildings worldwide    04 December 2015

ING commits to renewable electricity for all buildings worldwide

ING has committed to procuring 100% renewable electricity by 2020 for all buildings in which we operate worldwide as part of the RE100 initiative.

ING ends new coal financing, continues to reduce coal portfolio  27 November 2015

ING ends new coal financing, continues to reduce coal portfolio

ING has decided to end our financing of new coal-fired power plants and thermal coal mines worldwide, effective immediately.

ING sells its first green bond amid high investor demand 18 November 2015

ING sells its first green bond amid high investor demand

ING announced today that we successfully issued a five-year EUR 500 million and three-year USD 800 million green bond—our first-ever green bond transaction and a new milestone in achieving our sustainability ambitions.

05 November 2015

Climate research statement

On Wednesday, 4 November 2015, ING received the highest possible score of 100A from CDP for its climate change reporting.

ING again named world leader in corporate action on climate change 04 November 2015

ING again named world leader in corporate action on climate change

ING is ranked in the top 3% of more than 2,000 companies when it comes to actions and strategies to combat climate change, receiving the highest possible score, according to CDP, a leading not-for-profit organisation that uses measurement and disclosure to improve the way companies and governments manage environmental risk.

ING signs Dutch banks climate statement 03 November 2015

ING signs Dutch banks climate statement

ING has joined all Dutch banks in signing a 10-point action plan to tackle climate change.

29 September 2015

Sustainability under a magnifying glass

ING is one of the most sustainable listed banks in the world. Our policies and actions are assessed by independent institutions, which report on them on an annual basis. For example, in September 2015, Sustainalytics named us as the third best performing bank in a group of 409 banks. In addition, this year ING’s score in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index also rose again, as a result of which ING is now one of the highest scoring companies in the banking sector of this index.

ING supports UN push to tackle climate change and end poverty 25 September 2015

ING supports UN push to tackle climate change and end poverty

Today, more than 190 world leaders will pledge to tackle climate change, end extreme poverty and to fight inequality and injustice by 2030.

ING rises in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and Sustainalytics rating 10 September 2015

ING rises in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and Sustainalytics rating

ING has improved its performance substantially in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) annual review published today by RobecoSAM, naming ING among world leaders in its category.

ING in award finals 27 July 2015

ING in award finals

ING Group has been nominated as a finalist in the Finance for the Future Awards 2015.

Coal Policy now part of updated Environmental & Social Risk Framework 17 July 2015

Coal Policy now part of updated Environmental & Social Risk Framework

ING has updated its Environmental and Social Risk (ESR) Framework with new policies covering coal-fired power and coal mining.

Proceeds of the ING Run for Youth: € 165,273* 29 June 2015

Proceeds of the ING Run for Youth: € 165,273*

The entire month of June was highlighted by a 'joint effort' to raise funds for UNICEF, with ING staff all over the world taking part in running or biking for the Run for Youth event.

Three steps: all you need to know about ING and climate

Three steps: all you need to know about ING and climate

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People, planet and plywood

People, planet and plywood

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ING CEO Ralph Hamers reports from Davos

ING CEO Ralph Hamers reports from Davos

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Sara’s sustainability journey

Sara’s sustainability journey

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