Green and Social Bonds

Making sustainability pay

Green and Social Bonds

By supporting our clients entering the green bond market and issuing green bonds in alignment with best practice, ING aims to accelerate the development of the market, demonstrate the financial viability of green investments and empower a low-carbon and self-reliant society.


Green bonds and social bonds are debt capital markets instruments (bond, Schuldschein, securitisation), of which the proceeds are used to finance green or social projects and defined in a green bond framework.

Green bonds are fixed income instruments which hold the distinctive feature of raising capital for projects with environmental benefits. Funds can be used to finance green projects such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, green buildings and sustainable water management, among others.

Investor support is crucial, given that trillions of dollars of sustainable investment are needed to help meet sustainable development targets. Green bond transactions expand our investor base and attract more green investors – those that have incorporated environmental, social and governance factors into their investment decision-making and ownership practices.


Benefits of a green bond issue:

  • Access to a diversified investor base,
  • Tend to be less volatile compared to standard bonds over time,
  • Highlight the strategic focus on sustainable development,
  • Enhance internal collaboration.

Social bonds are fixed income instruments which hold the distinctive feature of raising capital for projects with positive social outcomes. Funds can be used to finance social projects such as providing access to essential services like health, education and financial services, affordable housing, and basic infrastructure like sanitation, transport, and clean drinking water.

ING has contributed to the creation of the ICMA Social Bonds Principles process guidelines released in 2017 to promote integrity in the development of the social bond market.