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Sustainable finance for the real world

There’s no way around it. Sustainability is an extremely urgent and universal concern. We can no longer put off our efforts to fight the climate crisis. The time to act is now.   

For businesses, the challenge of sustainable transformation is balancing the need to keep business in motion while making changes to reach your sustainability ambitions. It's complex, absolutely. We get that. We understand the tough realities of your sector. That becoming sustainable doesn't happen overnight. That it takes many smaller steps, sometimes challenging and some into the unknown, to really take sustainability to the next level and beyond. 

We are committed to building for a more sustainable future – together with our clients. We can help you with advice, financial solutions, research and valuable insights.  So you can do your thing... sustainably.

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The horizon challenge: accelerating the shift to a green economy

Merging future ambitions with short-term action is crucial to meeting sustainability targets and building for a greener future.


Ridding the world of plastic

Plastic waste is set to triple by 2060, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. But the world has woken up to the threat posed by the scourge of plastic pollution and is taking action.


Reinventing steel for a green future

The steel industry needs to decarbonise to be in line with the EU’s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. Erik van Doezum, ING’s steel lead, shares some insights on ways the industry can cut emissions, and what ING is doing to help.


Motivated businesses and sustainable finance tools are key to driving a green economy

Increasing numbers of companies are pledging to make their sustainability efforts transparent and forward-facing, but sustaining and advancing this level of commitment is just as crucial.


‘Long-term vision is the answer to a sustainable future’

Climate change is the greatest challenge of this century. But society risks failing to address it if it continues to pass responsibility to future generations by only focusing on short-term issues. We ask Roland Mees, director of sustainable finance at ING, how we can expand our horizons.


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Meet the changemakers advocating sustainable change

Green Group: what lived once will live again

As EU policy calls for greater and faster progress on the creation of a circular economy, European recycler Green Group is hailing a “golden age for recycling”. Here, the company’s co-founder and chairman tells us why that is – and how Green Group is turning PET packaging into new, recycled products, with a reduced CO2 footprint.

Smurfit Kappa stays the course with anti-waste agenda

Smurfit Kappa is dealing with increased demand for its products while also steering the business towards net-zero by 2050. Chief sustainability officer and assistant group treasurer discuss the changing demands on the industry, the push to embed sustainable finance, and how the company is helping its clients reach their net-zero goals.

Leyla Acaroglu: a sustainability provocateur disrupts sustainability

Leyla Acaroglu considers the ways systems, sustainability and design can come together to solve Earth’s biggest problems. Through her UnSchool of Disruptive Design, this award-winning designer challenges the way we think about the global economy, consumption and recycling. Here, she tells us why companies are afraid to take action.

Enpal: a rooftop revolution

Many homeowners in the US lease solar systems for their rooftops , and the trend is now catching on in Germany. At the heart of this shift is German photovoltaics (PV) leasing company Enpal. How exactly is this four-year-old start-up disrupting the green energy market and making homes smarter?

Christian Rood: creating the battery of the future

LeydenJar Technologies is a Dutch start-up on a mission to make lithium-ion batteries last longer. Batteries are playing an important role in the transition to a clean energy future, and with higher energy density they will further unlock growth for a range of industries.

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Meet the changemakers advocating sustainable change.

Our podcast series on sustainable progress

Whether it’s green loans, social bonds or sustainability-linked loans, the pandemic has accelerated the movement toward sustainable finance among companies. As they make their recovery plans, it’s time to ask: How can they achieve their ambitions and deliver sustainability for the real world? In this podcast series we discuss the most urgent topics on business transformation towards sustainability.

As a changemaker, you believe your business can and should have a positive impact on the world. We share this belief with you. You need a partner that understands your ambition and shares your forward thinking mentality. A partner that challenges you to go beyond the obvious.

Financing change in the world

As a bank we have been known for our innovative power and the initiatives we support to create even faster benefits for technological progress. Recognised as one of Forbes magazine’s most innovative companies, ING has a variety of ways of turning great ideas into products and services that clients really need.

Innovation at ING

Please note that ING Bank does not have a banking license in the US and is therefore not permitted to conduct banking activities in the US. Through its wholly owned subsidiary ING Financial Holdings Corporation and its affiliates, ING offers a full array of wholesale financial products such as lending, corporate finance and a full range of financial markets products and services to its corporate and institutional clients.-->{C}