Sustainability Manager – Terra Lead

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The Opportunity

Our Purpose

Sustainability is one of the world’s biggest challenges. Climate change threatens our planet and us all. Many people around the world struggle with inequality, poor financial health and a lack of basic human rights. Putting sustainability at the heart of what we do recognizes that we have a responsibility to society to define new ways of doing business that align economic growth with positive environmental and social impact. We live up to this responsibility because it is the right thing to do.

We’ve always been a pioneer. And we’re determined to be a banking leader; building a sustainable future for our company, our customers, society and the environment. By protecting the planet and supporting people to make the necessary transition. How?

  • We lead by example by striving for net zero in our own operations.

  • We play our full part in the social and low-carbon transformation that’s necessary to achieve a sustainable future, steering our financing towards meeting global climate goals.

  • We work with our clients to help them achieve their own sustainability goals.

  • We manage the most relevant environmental and social risks.

  • And we empower our colleagues to contribute to it all.

Our commitment to sustainability leadership brings many business opportunities. There are also new risks that we’ll have to manage, as well as choices to make about what to do more of, less of or stop altogether – but always with client engagement as our starting point. Those choices will be difficult at times, but we commit to action and impact. ING’s strategy includes aligning economic growth with positive environmental and social impact. Our impact ambitions are:

  • Make the biggest impact by tackling the emissions related to ourentire business portfolio.

  • Set sector-specific goals for reducing emissions, to contribute to a 45% decrease in the world’s emissions by 2030.

  • Develop green lending products, investment funds and even green bank accounts for our retail and small business customers – with all Retail countries to offer green mortgages by 2025.

  • Reduce our own carbon footprint.

Roles and Responsibilities

This vacancy is in the Wholesale Banking team and is for the expert area of Terra, which is our approach on steering hundreds of billions of euros in our loan book towards meeting net-zero climate goals. The position reports to the team’s Head of Sustainability, Wholesale Banking.

This role is established to drive and lead Terra. ING is focusing on the sectors in our loan book that are responsible for the world’s most greenhouse gas emissions: power generation, fossil fuels, automotive, shipping, aviation, steel, cement, residential mortgages and commercial real estate. We are measuring whether our lending in each sector is adding up to contribute to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Per sector, we use the most appropriate methodology available, acknowledging that there are many roads to net zero and in the end it’s the impact that counts. More information on Terra is available here:

Your responsibilities include being responsible for and driving the deliverables of the team, like:

  • Ensure the vision and strategy of Terra is regularly updated to match both external and internal expectations on climate alignment

  • Update sector pathways to net-zero scenarios and setting intermediate targets

  • Expand our coverage to more sectors and other asset classes

  • Assessing and reporting on absolute emissions for our book

  • Contribute to ING’s Integrated Climate Report and meeting other reporting/disclosure needs

  • Create the right tools which are dynamic and can inform business to steer towards our net zero ambitions

  • Use the tooling to integrate climate alignment in core business credit processes, systems and reporting

  • Educate and engage with business teams to bring net zero targets to life within each sector

  • Represent ING in relevant working groups, conferences, events to build and share knowledge and position ING as a climate leader

  • Act as an advisor to senior management and ING leaders to set the strategy, KPIs and incentives to drive net-zero action within the bank

  • Support ING’s management and leaders to understand and communicate on Terra

  • Respond to adhoc requests on an ongoing basis

What are we looking for?

  • Master’s degree (e.g. Environmental/Climate Science, Sustainability, Finance, Strategy, Business)

  • Appr. 5-7 years of relevant working experience (preferably with financial institutions or corporate supply chains)

  • Deep and excellent knowledge on climate alignment with proven track record on how to use this knowledge in the financial sector or other business environment

  • Highly developed negotiation skills, both verbally and written and ability to work and communicate with diverse groups of people in different cultural, functional and geographical boundaries.

  • Demonstrated experience with large complex programmes

  • A drive and passion to make change and progress by sharing knowledge and always looking for the next step to create an impact

  • Excellent sparring partner for the different (internal and external) stakeholders and your team members on the topic of climate change and biodiversity.

  • Able to digest scientific research and apply this for business purposes

  • Ability to draw quick but steady conclusions in tight timeframes, and to remain friendly and diplomatic under pressure

  • A good team player and leader who is able to do support the collective ambition of the team

  • Fluent in English spoken and written

We do not view gaps in resumes negatively if they help build the additional skills, passion and drive that are needed for this role.

We offer you

  • A position within a strong and dynamic team, in a work field that is of growing importance both inside and outside ING

  • A full time position (36-40 hours) and a competitive salary

  • Work location is Amsterdam (Cedar), the Netherlands with partial remote working

Our department

The Sustainability agenda is a board level mandate. The Global Head of the team reports directly to the CEO of ING Group. The Global Sustainability team is organized like ING’s business organization where it is split to focus on ING’s main business lines Wholesale Banking, Business Banking and Retail Banking. Within these business lines, we cover the key ESG focus areas which are climate, biodiversity, human rights and financial health. The team is diverse in terms of gender, nationality, background and skills. With an increasing focus to meaningfully and speedily integrate sustainability into the business, the team seeks to play the role of an expert center and an advisor.

ING’s Global Sustainability department develops the overall ethical, social and environmental direction of ING. The department has a global focus. We engage in dialogue with key stakeholder groups such as NGOs, governments, academics, sustainable research agencies and investors. The team analyses social and environmental trends, takes part in public debate, works closely with the various business lines and risk departments as well as with Media Relations or Public & Governmental Affairs, and advises ING’s MBB and senior management on strategy, reputation management, reporting and business development.

How to succeed

We hire smart people like you for your potential. Our biggest expectation is that you’ll stay curious. Keep learning. Take on responsibility. In return, we back you to develop into an even more awesome version of yourself.

Rewards and benefits

We want to make sure that it’s possible for you to strike the right balance between your career and your private life. You can find o ut more about our employment conditions at

The benefits of working with us at ING include:

• A salary tailored to your qualities and experience

• 24-27 vacation days depending on contract

• Pension scheme

• 13th month salary

• Individual Savings Contribution (BIS), 3.5% of your gross annual salary

• 8% Holiday payment

• Personal growth and challenging work with endless possibilities

• An informal working environment with innovative colleagues

• Work Agile, so new ideas come to life faster


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About u s

With 57,000 employees and operations in approximately 40 countries, there is no shortage of opportunities for people with initiative who want to help people take a step ahead in life and in business. Do you want to work at the cutting edge of what’s poss ible and at the same time ensure you work with integrity and hold the customer’s interests at heart? Do you want to be surrounded by progressive, inspiring, diverse and supportive colleagues? Then there is no better place to invest your talents than at ING . Join us. Apply today.

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Vacature informatie

Organisatie: ING

Locatie: Amsterdam

Opleidingsniveau: WO

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