Sustainable finance

In our experience financial services have an important role to play in creating a healthy and sustainable world, not just by trying to be more sustainable ourselves by reducing our direct footprint, but also in the choices we make in lending, investing and the services we offer to customers. Sustainability is integrated directly into the core of our business strategy.

Sustainability approach to lending

Sustainability approach to lending

ING is integrating sustainability into its lending approach. Christopher Steane, global head of Lending Services at ING Wholesale Bank, explains how and why.

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How to future-proof your business

How to future-proof your business

Sustainability is not just what we do as a business, it is how we do it. We earn our license to operate and the trust of our customers by conducting business in a responsible way.

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A brave new world of opportunity

A brave new world of opportunity

"I find it extremely encouraging to see corporates warming to the idea of sustainability," says Leonie Schreve, global head of Sustainable Finance at ING, looking back at the Paris climate talks.

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A swift ride to sustainability at Piaggio

A swift ride to sustainability at Piaggio

Piaggio is one of Italy’s best known companies: great design is in its DNA. When the company decided to enter a new market – electric bicycles – it was essential that Piaggio produce an innovative product that stayed true to its brand.

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A-Train AB drives sustainable success

A-Train AB drives sustainable success

Swedish rail link owner and operator A-Train AB continues to fulfil its mission to support the sustainable growth of Sweden’s largest airport, following a SEK1.28 billion debt refinancing package by a club of banks including ING.

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Torre Espacio - Financing a sustainability landmark

Torre Espacio - Financing a sustainability landmark

Torre Espacio is an iconic building in Madrid with world-leading design and environmental credentials. When it came to refinancing, the owners chose to work with a bank that prioritises sustainability.

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Sustainable treasury taking the lead

Sustainable treasury taking the lead

With increasing numbers of corporates beginning to see the benefits of sustainable practice - from cost savings, to efficiency improvements, to a better working environment - treasurers are well positioned to take the lead on a new way of doing better business.

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Can companies be idealistic?

Can companies be idealistic?

Do companies behave ethically and sustainably because clients expect them to, or because they are convinced it’s the right thing to do? This question brings to mind a particularly heated discussion a friend and I had on this topic some fifteen years ago.

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When is green green enough?

When is green green enough?

Since 2014, a new market of green bonds, issued by corporates and financial institutions, has grown rapidly. The idea is simple - and appealing; raise capital via bonds and use this money to fund green and sustainable projects.

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Sustainability, a business opportunity for banks

Sustainability, a business opportunity for banks

A new trend is emerging in the banking world, as more financial institutions look to integrate sustainability into their business strategies. How do they do this?

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ING’s green bond receives high ranking and awards

ING’s green bond receives high ranking and awards

ING was awarded as ‘Biggest issuer’ and for ‘Bond of the year’ at Environmental Finance’s Green Bond Awards, a recognition of the bank’s role as leader in the sector and of its pioneering effort in raising awareness for green bonds.

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ING jointly launches ‘Positive Impact Manifesto’ for a green economy

ING jointly launches ‘Positive Impact Manifesto’ for a green economy

ING, united in the Banking Commission of UN's Environmental Program Finance Initiative, issued with 10 other banks the 'Positive Impact Manifesto', that calls for an impact-based approach to banking, offering a bold and innovative vision of the banking sector’s central role in achieving sustainable development.

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Hungary building on 10 years of success

Hungary building on 10 years of success

A decade after accession, Hungary is poised to enjoy significant growth in the short term, but the country must reinforce its competitiveness if it is to achieve sustainable growth in the future.

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Fulfilling sustainable ambitions of urban pioneer Izmir

Fulfilling sustainable ambitions of urban pioneer Izmir

Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, located on the west coast, has secured financing that will enable it to drive an ambitious project to convert the thriving seaside metropolis into a regional beacon of sustainable transportation.

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ING and Global Initiatives launch Sustainable Finance Collective Asia

ING and Global Initiatives launch Sustainable Finance Collective Asia

Collective brings together funding partners ING Bank, Credit Suisse, FMO and the UNDP-UN Social Impact Fund to finance sustainability projects in Asia.

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Bypass complacency to secure future success

Bypass complacency to secure future success

There is a danger that the current environment will make miners jaded, and the rest of the value chain lazy. The low prices are masking long-term challenges that are facing manufacturers, like scarcity and sustainability.

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The positive impact of the Equator Principles on project financing

The positive impact of the Equator Principles on project financing

Christopher Steane, head of Lending Services at ING, believes the Equator Principles have intensified ING’s sustainable lending practices and become a catalyst for a new commercial focus on sustainability overall.

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