ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services.
With more than 52,000 employees they offer retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries. ING is currently among leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index ‘Banks industry’ group.
ING and Except started to collaborate in the Leaders for Nature Forum. We join forces to find solutions for pressing natural capital questions. The challenge ING put forward is to Create a Red list for financial institutions consisting of projects of organizations not to invest in, because they are not meeting biodiversity standards and defined geographical areas not to interfere with.
On 17th April 2015, IUCN organized the Leaders for Nature forum in Eindhoven. Except supported IUCN in a year long trajectory to prepare and guide the Forum in a new format. This included concept development, stakeholder involvement and preparation of the challenges.
The preparations resulted in 10 challenges brought in by the network of Leaders for Nature. Over 150 participants from business, NGOs and government joined the forum. Guided by Except, teams worked on the most pressing natural capital challenges.