"Accelerate" is the theme of the 2016 Integrated Annual Report of ING Groep N.V. (IAR) that is published today, together with the Annual Report of ING Bank N.V.. The theme reflects the accelerating pace of change in technology and other areas that is impacting our customers' lives and their expectations from financial service providers. It also expresses how we, as digital leaders in banking, are accelerating the Think Forward strategy to ensure we continue to provide customers with a differentiating experience.
Similar to previous years, the IAR is an integrated report, which combines ING's financial and non-financial performance in 2016. As sustainability forms an integral part of our strategy and is embedded in our business, our sustainability information is provided in the IAR. The IAR includes a look at how we aim to create value over time and how the Think Forward strategy addresses the challenges, risks and opportunities ING faces in a fast-changing world.
In 2016 the number of customers choosing ING for their banking needs again increased and has grown by around 3 million to 35.8 million since we launched the Think Forward strategy. The number of primary relationships - customers with a current account with recurring income and at least one other product - grew eight percent to 9.7 million, close to our 2017 ambition of 10 million customers. Our net core lending to customers grew by almost EUR 35 billion and savings entrusted to us rose by over EUR 28 billion. We also enjoyed number one Net Promoter Scores (NPS) in 7 of our 13 retail markets, a key indicator of customer satisfaction. These strong relationships with customers helped to drive ING's robust commercial and financial growth in 2016.
Reflecting a digital first approach, the IAR and the Annual Report of ING Bank N.V, are available on a special annual report landing page on ING's website ing.com. This page includes all relevant downloads, a create-your-own-report download tool, and an accessible and engaging overview of the key figures and highlights of the year. The 2016 ING Annual Report is also available free of charge in print at ING's global headquarters.
ING will also file today its Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2016 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The 2016 Form 20-F is available on the ING website, and can be downloaded from the SEC website (www.sec.gov) later today.
Other documents related to ING's Annual General Meeting (AGM), including the agenda for the AGM, will be available as of 23 March 2017 on the ING website. The AGM will be held on 8 May 2017 in Amsterdam.
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ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank. The purpose of ING Bank is empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Bank's 52,000 employees offer retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries.
ING Group shares are listed on the exchanges of Amsterdam (INGA AS, INGA.AS), Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (ADRs: ING US, ING.N).
Sustainability forms an integral part of ING's strategy, which is evidenced by the number one position among 395 banks ranked by Sustainalytics. ING Group shares are being included in the FTSE4Good index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Europe and World) where ING is among the leaders in the Banks industry group.
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ING Group's annual accounts are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ('IFRS-EU'). In preparing the financial information in this document, except as described otherwise, the same accounting principles are applied as in the 2016 ING Group consolidated annual accounts. All figures in this document are unaudited. Small differences are possible in the tables due to rounding.
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