13 April 2021

ING and UNICEF, a unique partnership since 2005

The partnership between ING and UNICEF has a distinctive focus: making a positive and lasting contribution to the lives of millions of children and young people around the world.

2005 – 2015: Back to basics

A decent education and safe sanitary living conditions. Are these not the fundamental rights of all children? Yet far too often, these basic rights are denied to too many children. Which is why ING, together with UNICEF and its other partners have gone ‘back to basics’. By organizing campaigns that raise money and create awareness, both within and beyond ING. ING doubles all financial contributions from ING employees.

The result? Between 2005 and 2015, we were able to help more than 1.5 million children to continue their education and be prepared for their future.

2015 – 2020: Building for the future

‘Children are the future’. Worldwide there are some 1.9 billion teenagers. 90% of them live in developing countries and find it difficult to become independent, both socially and financially.

At the beginning of 2015, together with UNICEF, ING set up a new campaign plan especially for them: Power for Youth. The aim of the project is to enable young people to build their own sustainable future by using the innovative power of young people to tackle local issues.

We want to give them a chance to be creative, to exercise critical thinking, to control their finances, to learn how to solve problems and to achieve autonomy.

End of 2019, ING and UNICEF also launched the "Fintech for Impact" project in the Philippines. This pilot program will identify and invest in fintech start-ups that aim to solve financial and banking challenges for young people in the country. The aim is to strengthen economic security, encourage more equitable access to services and remove financial obstacles to opportunities.

In 2020, as ING and UNICEF celebrate their 15 years of partnership, ING decided to provide additional support to UNICEF in the global fight against the coronavirus. All of its employees' donations are doubled in favor of the COVID-19 solidarity fund. 

What next?