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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"The world’s biggest challenges stem from climate change and inequality."

Peter van Mierlo, CEO FMO

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Doing Makes the Difference

We are the do-bank. We do not just have a wish-list, we have a to-do list. In the light of pressing global challenges we feel the urgency to 'do', to persevere and to make tough decisions to enhance local prosperity. Change is never easy, but it has to happen.

  • Decent work and economic growth


    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


    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


    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.  

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

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"How we can improve the prospects for our planet and those who live on it by leveraging potential technology."

Linda Broekhuizen, CIO FMO

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To Make a Difference

There are more and more people in this world that is why we need to figure out how to do more with less. By working together we can achieve more together. Ayla Min-Hae Choi uses a tale from mythology to remind us that it only takes a little to make a big difference.

Sustainable development; Good investment, good for the world

Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

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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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