Submitted by ING
April 22, 2009 - ING celebrates Earth Day today with planned activities across its locations in the U.S. from Atlanta to New York to El Segundo, Calif., and in between, focusing on educating employees about how they can reduce their environmental impact at home and at work. Through its "Orange Goes Green" teams, ING is making it easier for employees to not only adopt environmentally responsible behaviors, but also to volunteer in their communities. The Orange Goes Green teams are employee-led teams that promote "green" all year long.
"While we are celebrating Earth Day today, our Orange Goes Green teams are educating employees and engaging them in activities that are important for us to consider every day to help mitigate our impact on the environment," said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and senior vice president, Office of Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs. Today and all week, employees are volunteering to beautify and clean parks, creeks, beaches, and city streets, including collecting shoes to recycle through Soles4Souls. Throughout the year, Orange Goes Green teams distribute (electronic) newsletters to employees that include "green" tips, promote recycling of paper, office supplies, compact fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, eyeglasses, cell phones, plastic bags and encourage employees to join the "Bring Your Mug to Work" program. With the removal of Styrofoam cups from break rooms last year, employees received a free ING mug for coffee and an ING cup for cold beverages. Employees who use their cold beverage cups in the cafeterias receive a 10 percent discount on their beverages.
"ING is committed to conducting our business responsibly around the globe," adds Mims. In the U.S. in 2008, ING reduced its energy consumption by 11 percent, recycled 61 percent of its total waste, and reduced landfill waste by 24 percent and copy paper purchasing by 16 percent. "We are proud of our Orange Goes Green teams, as they have created a movement within the company that supports our global sustainability initiatives and help employees understand the important role they play in protecting the environment and empowering their communities."
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million residential, corporate and institutional clients in more than 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 125,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.
In the U.S., the ING (NYSE: ING) family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves over 29 million customers across the nation.
ING's diversity management philosophy and commitment to workforce diversity, diversity marketing, corporate citizenship and supplier diversity fosters an inclusive environment for employees that supports a distinctive product and service experience for the financial services consumer.
For more information, visit www.ing.com/us.
About the ING Foundation
The ING Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities where ING operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on sustainable programs in the areas of financial literacy, children's education and diversity.
For more information, visit www.ing-usafoundation.com.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment management and life insurance operations of Netherlands-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, including retirement plans, IRA rollovers and transfers, stable value, institutional investment management, mutual funds, alternative investments, life insurance, employee benefits, fixed and indexed annuities and financial planning. ING U.S. holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 13 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit http://ing.us.
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