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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.

People on a mission

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.

Meet the changemakers

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.

Kaitlin Crouch: the right person in the right place at the right time

Kaitlin Crouch is Climate Lead at ING and the lead editor of ING’s Terra report, which was launched in 2019. Her work is about establishing what the Paris Agreement means for individual companies and how financial institutions can support them and help them to cut through the noise.

Jan Klerken: ahead of his time: a changemaker on a mission to clean up food

Jan Klerken, founder of Scelta Mushrooms, may have retired after close to 50 years in the business, but he says he won’t rest until the food industry is “100% clean”. Here, he explains how he turned the company around in pursuit of sustainability, and we hear how mushrooms are the unlikely stars of the circular economy.

Badar Khan: energy company National Grid is determined to be part of the solution on climate issues

As the outlook on global climate change grows more dire by the year, there is growing public demand for corporations to become part of the solution. A 2019 study found that 59% of consumers expected any company they did business with to take action on climate issues — up from 39% just a year earlier.

Explore 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.

A new playbook: evolving transport and logistics through digitalisation and sustainability

Shifts in supply-chain management and increased use of automation and data are interlinked trends shaping the transport and logistics sector. They are being driven by advances in technology and an increasing awareness of the importance of sustainability – not just as a social responsibility, but as an essential part of business management that also brings long-term economic benefits.

Bracing for change: why food & agriculture need sustainability and resilience in a post-pandemic world

Even before the United Nations (UN) published its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the food and agriculture sector had recognised the urgent need for greater sustainability. Five years on, the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the transformation to fully sustainable food and agriculture production.

Will Europe’s recovery boost the energy transition?

As the world faces up to its deepest recession for nearly a century, can Europe maintain its commitment to a greener future? Or will it waver, deterred by the upfront costs and political will needed to drive the energy transition in a time of crisis?

The evolution of the car picks up pace

Automotive innovation might be expected to stall as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, but that would be a mistake. Carmakers have everything to gain from persevering with their transformation – they might even find that the crisis has some unexpected consequences for the future of the car.

Products-as-a-service reaches the tipping point

Half measures and marginal adjustments will not be enough to meet the ambitious goals of initiatives such as the Paris Agreement – we need more radical solutions. Is it time to rethink the concept of ownership?

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.

Post-Covid-19 insights
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