A great way to meet colleagues on the same wavelength
When you join ING, you’re joining a potential network of thousands of colleagues from many different educational and cultural backgrounds, providing you with the chance to tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience. It goes without saying that you will get to know your colleagues in your own team or department very well, working closely with them on day-to-day projects and most likely having similar skills and backgrounds. But maybe you would like to get to know more of your colleagues in other areas, or you have a particular hobby or interest that you’d like to share with like-minded souls. Or perhaps you feel that a certain group is currently under-represented – at ING you can take the initiative to do something about it!
ING facilitates various networking groups, including:
- De Oranje Leeuw (The Orange Lion) and various employee societies
- Lioness, the ladies-only network
- Ring, the network for young people
- GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Network
- ING Crossing, the network supporting and encouraging cultural diversity
There are many different employee societies active within ING. De Oranje Leeuw (The Orange Lion) is by far the largest and best-known association at ING but there are also many more smaller groups that are involved in organising a range of social, sporting and cultural events for ING employees.
Lioness – for ladies only
Lioness is a platform for ING’s women that provides the tooling for personal and professional development. The network finds it origin in 1996 and started with a handful of members, where we can proudly share that we have now more than 1000 members. Everyone who is interested in gender diversity is welcome at Lioness, including men.
We inspire women to take the next steps in their career. We do this by:
- Providing the space for ambition
- Stimulating sharing and expanding of knowledge
- Creating possibilities for empowerment
- Strive for a healthy balance between work and private life
All in favor of strengthening and making our talents more visible within the organization. We do this by organizing several events with key-note speakers, International contacts, workshops both internal and cross company and the annual Women of the Year Election.
Ring, the young people’s network!
RING is a network by and for young people within ING. The network is aimed at strengthening the ties between colleagues from different parts of the company and helping them to expand their internal and external networks. RING contributes to this by organising various types of activities. Examples of internal initiatives include visits to the dealing room and to Real Estate Finance, or an event around the topic of ‘How financially fit are you?’. External activities include collaborative partnerships with companies such as Microsoft on Big Data, for instance, but also a visit to the Second Chamber of the Dutch parliament. The programme also includes plenty of time for fun and socialising: members can join skiing trips, there is a Race of the Classics, and networking drinks every month. RING also takes a cross-border approach by organising various study trips to ING offices abroad each year.
GALA (Gay and Lesbian Network)
GALA is an international network for ING employees of any sexual orientation, be they homosexual, bisexual or transsexual – and heterosexuals are also more than welcome to join. Set up in 2004, GALA currently has more than 1,100 members across 25 countries. The GALA networking group organises a wide range of activities for its members, offering advice and support on all aspects of homosexuality at work. GALA strives to create and maintain an atmosphere of acceptance, understanding and respect at ING for all employees, irrespective of whether they are gay, straight or otherwise.
ING Crossing is an employee networking group with the aim of supporting cultural diversity. Membership is open to all ING staff – not only for those who have a non-Dutch background, but also for anyone who is keen on learning more about different cultures. Members of ING Crossing are generally ambitious professionals whose awareness of and openness to the many cultural differences helps them to make an essential contribution to ING’s success.
The purpose of Enable network is to support employees offering advice and support on all aspects of disability at work. We aim to improve the accessibility of our channels, products and services so that customers can realise their full potential. Set up at the end of 2017, the Enable network welcomes anyone with an (in)visible disability or health issue, being a parent or carer for a person with a handicap, or just someone who thinks building disability and accessibility confidence is the right thing to do.
Experience is a network by and for senior people within ING. The network is aimed at providing tools for personal and professional development in later stages of a career. We do so by organising events for our members where:
- Knowledge and experience is shared or transferred
- Ties between colleagues from different parts of the company are strengthened
Experience has more than 350 members and membership is open to all employees above 44 years.