Sustainability at ING Bank Australia
As a purpose-driven business, sustainability is at the heart of what we do. We have a responsibility to society to define new ways of doing business where planet and people are just as important as economic growth. ING wants to be a banking leader in building a sustainable future for our company, our customers, society and the environment. So, how do we do this in Australia?
We focus on climate action
We lead by example by striving for net zero in our own operations. We recognise that being sustainable involves more than just reducing our own footprint, it also influences the choices we make as a business. We're committed to steering our portfolio in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, to keep global warming to well below two degrees Celsius. We continuously measure our progress using the Terra Approach. Our financing and investment policies as well as our broader business ambitions are structured around social, ethical and environmental criteria. We implement the Equator Principles in our internal environmental and social policies, procedures and standards and they are embedded in our Environmental and Social Risk Framework.
We contribute to a financially healthy society
Money is one of the biggest challenges for many people and households around the world as they strive to meet their everyday needs, or plan for their future. As innovators, we’re working to advance financial health and inclusion for our customers and communities. We put money into products, tools, research and education that help contribute to a financially healthy society.
We collaborate with others to build a strong community
We launch, grow and scale social enterprises by providing financial and capacity building support. Our partnership with R U OK? is helping our people stay connected to the wellbeing of those around them and to help more Australians to have meaningful conversations about mental health.
We work with clients to achieve their own sustainability goals, increasing our impact through partnerships and coalition-building. We manage the most relevant environmental and social risks while fostering the protection of biodiversity and human rights across all of our relationships.
We empower our employees to contribute to it all.
We're dedicated to being a great place to work. We create an environment where our people can challenge themselves, reach their potential, and contribute to the future of the business and the community we live in. Our IMPACT program for employee volunteering connects our team with their local community and supports organisations that preserve the planet and help people realise their potential.