22 May 2019

What actions is ING taking in relation to sustainability?

Finance, support, transparency… discover ING’s solutions for sustainability.

Between the zero-waste movement and the thousands of people who regularly take our streets to highlight their concerns, one thing is certain: environmental and social challenges are more topical than ever before. Increasing numbers of citizens, institutions and companies are therefore rolling up their sleeves to tackle, at their level and in line with their resources, these multiple issues facing our society.

Whether you are acting as an individual or on behalf of your company, ING is on hand to support you and help you stay a step ahead in relation to climate and technological change. To do this, as well as developing its products and services, the bank is also adapting its range of financing options.

What does this mean in practical terms for you?

You are a retail customer:

You are a wholesale client:


ING regularly updates its positions in relation to financing: the sectors it excludes (for example, production of animal fur, cosmetic testing on animals, nuclear weapons or rainforest deforestation) and what it expects from its clients in terms of respect for human rights and the environment. In its annual report, along with details on financial performance, you will also find information on its environmental and social impact throughout its value chain. This transparency has been rewarded by rating agencies such as Sustainalitics or the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which rank ING among the most sustainable banks in the world.

Social support

ING helps local communities to become more autonomous thanks to key partnerships established over the long term:

  • With the King Baudouin Foundation, it provides financial support for social projects contributing to the development of the circular economy, digital inclusion and financial education.
  • With Time4society, every year, almost 1,000 ING employees give up one day of their free time for a local association as part of ING Volunteering Days.
  • Finally, its international partnership with UNICEF aims to help today's young people develop the required skills to build the world of tomorrow.
An environmental programme

Sustainability also means reducing the environmental footprint. ING is therefore reducing its energy consumption and its waste by improving recycling, optimising its rainwater consumption and by using more environmentally friendly methods of travel.

The results of ING Belgium in a few key figures:
  • 43% reduction in CO2 emissions between 2014 and 2018
  • 35% reduction in non-recyclable waste between 2014 and 2018
  • 100% of ING’s electricity is derived from local and renewable resources