The circular economy is an exciting and inspiring approach to create a new economy, a new way of consuming, using and producing products. The circular economy aims to create a system without waste that keeps all resources flowing continuously between producers and users. A system with low environmental impact and high economic activity.
How circular thinking could change US business models
ING surveyed 300 C-suite executives in the US to get their take on the circular economy. The results might surprise you. 62% say they intend to implement circular economy practices into their businesses, while 16% say they already have.Read the article, download the report
The Circular Economy’s Six ‘C’ Challenge
Despite the promise of the circular economy - which aims to deliver economic growth without waste - businesses have been slow to embrace it. Six reasons why.Read the article
Can I offer my products as a subscription?
It seems consumers are fine with just having the benefits of a subscription – such as to music – rather than owning goods. This shift from ‘ownership to access’ (O2A) is growing rapidly, both in the B2B market and the B2C market.Read the article, download the report
Isabel Fernandez, ING: 'Owning is a thing of the past'
At the World Circular Economy Forum in June 2017, ING's head of Wholesale Banking Isabel Fernandez spoke about ING’s role in creating a circular economy.Read the article, watch the video
Rethinking finance in a circular economy
The transition towards a circular economy is not an easy one. It poses many questions and challenges for our clients and ourselves, like: what is the circular economy precisely and is it a trend to stay? Does it require different business models to be successful? And can the financial system finance these models?Download the report
ING finances circular tech company Milgro
ING Sustainable Investments will provide €2 million in risk-bearing capital to Milgro, a leading 'cleantech' company in the field of nature capital management.Read the article
Car sharing unlocked
The number of cars in Europe is set to decline as car sharing triggers a 'peak car' moment. Platforms and technology developments are encouraging more people to see car-sharing as a viable option, but there are still substantial barriers to growth.Read the article, download the report
Going circular in the tyre industry
ING has invested in Black Bear Carbon (BBC), a company that recycles old tyres into a raw material used to make things like pen ink, smartphone covers and new tyres.Read the article
From assets to access
The ING report ‘From assets to access’ takes a closer look at the steps the capital goods industry can take to move closer to a circular economy.Read the article, download the report
What motivates companies to go circular?
Circular economy is about rethinking how we use our raw materials and resources to create a sustainable economy free of waste and emissions. But why should companies include circularity in their mainstream business?Read the article
Joint finance guidelines for circular economy
In July, ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank launched joint circular-economy finance guidelines internationally, inspired by the ambition to create a common framework for financing the circular economy worldwide.Read the article