Our Impact Agenda| Dutch Development Bank


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 planetary boundaries.

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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  • Our evaluations

    We conduct evaluations to learn about a project's impact and reflect on our strategy, business model and the effectiveness of our investments.

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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.

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How we respect human rights

Respect for human rights is a fundamental part of our mission.

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Climate Action Plan

Climate action has long been a part of FMO’s strategic objectives. The Climate Action Plan builds on the work we have already done and lays the foundations for our work ahead to 2030.

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