Impact

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From financing to impact...

At the heart of everything we do is our aim to contribute to a world in which, in 2050, more than 9 billion people live well and within the means of the planet’s resources.

By reaching out to underserved markets, we invest in some of the world’s most challenging business environments. The countries that we work in often have a fragile private sector, little job security and high poverty rates.

Our role extends beyond financing, as we help businesses to operate and grow transparently in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. We do so by investing time, capacity and resources in further understanding how their business and industry – and thus our financing – affect the welfare of local people and the surrounding environment.

We encourage the growth of responsible businesses because they can enable and catalyze social and economic change. In the long-run sustainable businesses provide higher-level jobs, income, and tax generation to strengthen local society. We believe that these elements are key to reducing poverty and inequality. With our clients serving millions of customers, their adoption of good practices can have a tremendous effect on local development, as they often serve as catalysts for other businesses to do the same.

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  • How we invest

    Every financing opportunity is assessed with regard to its impact, sustainability and long-term viability. 

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  • How we measure impact

    We use measurements to understand whether our involvement brings positive change to local economies.

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  • Policies and position statements

    Our investment process is guided by a comprehensive set of policies and position statements.

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  • Stakeholder engagement

    Engaging key stakeholders helps us to deepen insights into the drivers and impacts of our business and the needs of society.

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  • Complaints and speak up disclosures

    We make a distinction between project-related complaints, general complaints and speak up disclosures. 

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FMO and complex projects

As a development bank, we have the explicit responsibility to make investments that commercial parties perceive as too risky. That can be because the country in question lacks financial infrastructure or is perceived as too 'fragile' by private investors, because it concerns bold but unproven innovations, or because it requires a maturity period longer than what most investors dare to take on.

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How to align our portfolio with a 1.5˚C pathway?

We recognize the importance of growing the green part of our portfolio, but equally important we see the need to ensure that our overall portfolio is aligned with the goals of the Paris climate agreement. For us, Paris alignment means a portfolio that is consistent with a 1.5-degrees pathway.

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  • Decent work and economic growth

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    FMO's mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build a better world. Their products and services strengthen local communities, they create jobs and generate taxes and they boost the vitality of economies.

  • Reduced inequalities

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    We seek to reduce inequalities by investing in some of the world’s poorest countries. We are pursuing inclusive business aimed at people earning less than 7 USD per day  - Base of the Pyramid - often including women and smallholders.

  • Climate action

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    FMO embraces the Paris Cop 21 Agreement on Climate Change. We aim to deliver on our climate ambition by aligning our portfolio of investments with a 1.5 degrees emissions reduction pathway.  

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The case of Sendou in Senegal

In 2012, FMO co-financed the Sendou I project. The plant is located near the town of Bargny, in the south of Dakar. This project turned out to be one of the most challenging projects in our portfolio.

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