Progress is always possible

Successfully dealing with change in today’s volatile and complex global business landscape is more important than ever. While the coronavirus pandemic has reshuffled global priorities, we cannot stave off our efforts to fight the climate crisis. These times are giving us an unprecedented opportunity to collectively hit the reset button and make changes to build back a better, more resilient world. At ING, we believe that progress is always possible and in people who pursue it in a responsible way. We support changemakers – people and companies that ignite, lead and advocate for sustainable change in the world. As a bank, we can play a significant role by financing change and using our expertise and sector knowledge to help you achieve your goals. We make things personal, easy and smart for you, then step aside and let you do your thing.

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Meet the changemakers

Changemakers are tenacious about the greater good. They are committed to something bigger than themselves and believe progress is always possible. The collection of stories below shine light on the people whose mission is to build a future proof world through collaboration and with innovative ideas. The group is committed to conducting business in a sustainable way by developing close relationships with local people, communities and businesses in host countries, and safeguarding the natural environment.

Gerard Backx: seeding a sustainable potato business

Potato seed provider HZPC is looking at how to embed more sustainability in its supply chain. But that is not all: CEO Gerard Backx tells us the company is also trying to breed better potatoes.

Heimo Scheuch takes the long view on sustainability

For more than a decade, Heimo Scheuch has been the CEO of Wienerberger AG, an international provider of building envelopes and infrastructure, based in Austria. He says that for leaders to pass on to the next generation a business that is fit for the future, they have to learn about sustainability.

Jan Kempers: one green bottle at a time

HEINEKEN has just announced that 100% of its beer sold in the Netherlands has been brewed using green energy. Here, Jan Kempers, Program Manager Sustainable Development at HEINEKEN Netherlands Supply, explains how the world’s most international brewer is decarbonising its supply chain.

Rafał Brzoska: a changemaker delivers

Logistics operator InPost has revolutionised the Polish parcel delivery market with its automated parcel lockers. Now, CEO and founder Rafał Brzoska is planning rapid expansion in European markets as sustainability tops the agenda and Covid-19 increases demand for automated logistics.

Bart-Willem ten Cate: why we need biofuels on the road to 2030 climate targets

Bart-Willem ten Cate, Low-Carbon Strategist at FinCo Fuel Group BV, has been advocating for sustainability measures in transport for almost two decades. He believes “sustainability is becoming a licence to operate”, and tells us why low-carbon fuels have to be part of the energy transition – and how young people are key to success.

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Read about Kaitlin Crouch and her role of Climate Lead at ING.

Changemaking sector trends

Businesses are constantly faced with new challenges. Whether it’s reacting to new technologies or foreseeing new trends, their capacity to change is put to a test every day. Companies in all sectors need to invest now to keep pace with rapid technology development and to make their business models more resilient, factoring in their impact on the environment and societies. Our sector series delve into the role of new technologies in the transition to sustainable business models in sectors such as food and agriculture, energy, and transportation and logistics.

Northvolt: The battery maker accelerating Europe’s sustainability drive

Northvolt, a four-year-old start-up headquartered in Stockholm, is building a giant production plant for lithium-ion battery cells in Skellefteå, northern Sweden. The ‘gigafactory’ is set to start producing in 2021 and is widely expected to usher in a new era for Europe’s automotive industry.

Smart shipping in uncertain times

Consider the race to get Covid-19 vaccines to the public: one of the biggest obstacles could be transportation. If the transport and logistics sector scales up the internet of things (IoT), sensors, and blockchain, it could dramatically reduce time-loss in the transport of critical items – during the pandemic and beyond.

Appetite for change: How meat and dairy alternatives are moving from niche to normal

The global meat and dairy industry contributes 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions and in 2018 we consumed 385 million tonnes of meat worldwide, accounting for at least 1.7 gigatons of CO2 emissions, 380 million hectares of land and consumption of 87 billion square meters of water. That is a huge environmental impact – from just meat and dairy.

Can the circular economy help packaging make a comeback?

Plastic waste is a growing predicament. In a recent ING International Survey, 34% of Europeans said that plastic waste was the biggest environmental problem – ahead of climate change. As consumer pressure mounts, government, the packaging industry and consumer brands are working to solve the plastic packaging problem.

Electric blues: How can we jump-start electric vehicles?

A global shift to clean energy needs more of us to drive electric vehicles (EVs). But that is not likely to happen until we know we can rely on the seamless functioning of different parts of a complex ecosystem.

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Learn how an unlikely collaboration is addressing the problem of how to reduce emissions in the supply chain.

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

Covid-19 is forcing us to make decisions faster and prioritise sustainability and innovation to make supply chains and business models more efficient and resilient. Our Post-Covid-19 insights provide inspiration and guidance to prepare for the coming period.

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