On 10 March, ING Wholesale Banking, the Dutch embassy in London and Green Alliance hosted an exclusive audience of CFOs, group treasurers and other financial decision makers to discuss the implications of moving towards a circular business model and the role that finance will play in society’s transition to a circular economy.Read more
Finance, the catalyst to the circular economy
Packaging innovation will revolutionise the industry
Summary of the contribution of Mrs. Ulrike Sapiro, director of Sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company.Read more
Circular economy: necessary next step in developing sustainable growth business models
Summary of the contribution of professor Jan Peter Balkenende Ph.D, partner Corporate Responsibility at EY, former PM of the Netherlands.Read more
Coca-Cola calls on policymakers to take circular economy 'leap of faith'
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has called on global governments and regulators to ignite a 'cultural shift' towards closed-loop business models - a transition that will only be possible if policymakers take a 'leap of faith' to back the circular economy.Read more
Unravelling the investment opportunities for the circular economy
How do you turn the circular economy from a nice idea into an investable business model? Jamie Butterworth, former chief executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will make an effort.Read more
Transition towards a circular economy means a stronger, lasting business
Simon Smits, Dutch Ambassador in the UK, opened the session underlining the relevant contribution of the circular economy on the Eurozone. “We are seeing an increased focus on circular business models and we wanted to use the momentum of the Dutch EU presidency to elevate this issue.”Read more
Van Scherpenzeel: a new player in the circular economy
Virtually all waste can be given a new life as raw material. Ruud Sondag is convinced of it. Together with fellow shareholders Kick Scholten, Egbert Vennik and ING Corporate Investments, his ambitions for Van Scherpenzeel Group are high. He wants to make this company THE connecting link in the circular economy. "We invest in the interchanges".Read more
Reduce, reuse, recycle: Where are you in the circular economy?
As the concept of sustainability becomes more deeply embedded in the fabric of society and the economy, the notion of the circular economy has started to gain traction.Read more
Circular economy challenges financial business models
The concept of the circular economy is entering the mainstream and becoming better understood, but there is still misunderstanding about how to finance it, and the risks and opportunities it presents.Read more
Shanks: Generating funds for a sustainable waste management business
The world generates upwards of 4 billion tonnes of waste each year, according to estimates by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), although the exact amount is impossible to determine. What is certain is that the figure is rising steadily alongside economic development and population growth, and is already several times higher than what it was a generation ago.Read more
Siniat Romania: building a sustainable future
When Siniat Romania, part of the Belgian industrial group Etex, wanted to grow its plasterboard business in South-East Europe it realised that it had an opportunity not only to meet demand in the region but also to make a major contribution to sustainability in Romania.Read more
The FT on financing the circular economy
In an interview with the Financial Times, ING's vice-chairman Koos Timmermans explains on the basis of the bank's recent circular economy report that “banks are facilitators for the economy. If the economy changes, we have to make sure we adapt our products”.Read more
From assets to access
The new 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 more
ING finalist at The Circulars 2017 for CNBC Award for Circular Economy Investor
ING’s goal is to support and encourage customers in their transition process. ING does that in several ways: by committing to grow the sustainable business portfolio; by investing in best practice companies; by applying a more holistic and in-depth analysis of clients’ financial flows; by developing intelligence on the subject and by engaging with customers through round tables, seminars and workshops.Read more
Why 'fitness as a service' could determine the future of the circular economy
In theory, ‘product as a service’ is the perfect circular economy model: by incentivising the producer it envisages the total re-use, re-deployment and refurbishment of a product and the efficient re-cycling of any components that are no longer viable...Read more
Avantium: Changing the world, one bottle at a time
Avantium’s ambition and commitment to innovation have enabled it to produce a sustainable plastic that could revolutionise food and drink packaging and benefit the environment.Read more
What green finance could (and should) look like in 2017 and beyond
From multi-party circular economy initiatives to rooftop solar leasing for SMEs, a collaborative, creative ethos underscores the new breed of green financing.Read more
Owning is a thing of the past
At the World Circular Economy Forum, ING's head of Wholesale Banking Isabel Fernandez spoke about ING’s role in creating a circular economy.Read more
Jeans, phones, engines: circular business models are growing, but how to finance them?
Increasingly, businesses are offering products through a subscription or leasing arrangement, but it’s still early days in getting to grips with how to finance thisMore about Jeans, phones, engines: circular business models are growing, but how to finance them?
What a competition tells us about the circular economy
"In July, I was privileged to be asked to join a brainstorming session with the Amsterdam Economic Board. This regional advisory body works with businesses, government agencies and knowledge institutes to sustainably enhance the prosperity and wellbeing of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, which has a population of more than 2.3 million people."Read more
'In circular construction, everything is a nutrient for something else'
A report from ING indicates an increasing demand for buildings to be constructed using circular economy principles. What is circular construction, and how does it work?Read more
Circular business models to enhance sustainability in infrastructure
ING and partners aim to enhance sustainability in infrastructure through exploring circular business models. More insights can be found in the report from the Business Models and Value Cases working group of the Open Learning Environment Circular Bridges and Viaducts in the Netherlands.Read more
Are we shopping sustainably? Do we care?
This year we surveyed 15,000 members of the general public across 11 countries in Europe, APAC and North America to get their take on sustainability and the circular economy. Focusing on three sectors Fashion, Food, and Electronics we set out to find out the challenges, risk and opportunities for businesses.More about Are we shopping sustainably? Do we care?