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.

“The challenges we have in fighting climate change are so big that no one can do it alone – no single sector.”

- Leon Wijnands, ING head of Sustainability

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.

"Sustainability is no longer a wish, it is a necessity, both economically and environmentally,"

- Peter Göbel, responsible for the Dutch market at ING Real Estate Finance

Social hackathon? Young people help their peers

Social hackathon? Young people help their peers

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ING's global head of Sustainability Léon Wijnands in Romania

ING's global head of Sustainability Léon Wijnands in Romania

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ING employees report from the ‘Energieboot’

ING employees report from the ‘Energieboot’

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How we put our thoughts on the circular economy into action!

How we put our thoughts on the circular economy into action!

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"I want to make a difference in our village—I want it to be better for everyone here.”

- Erjona Karpuzi, 15

In the media

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 complaint 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 publishes policy for animal welfare  08 February 2016

ING publishes policy for animal welfare

ING has published a policy requiring clients to meet animal welfare standards and broadening the activities that ING won’t finance because of animal mistreatment.

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