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.

Through our financing and investments, we enhance our and others’ impact, contributing to a sustainable society on a liveable planet. We support the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aim to contribute to their achievement through our mission and activities. We pledge to contribute to limiting global warming to 2°C – and preferably 1.5°C – as agreed at the Paris Climate Summit in 2015, taking into account possible impacts on human rights, equality for women and access to financial services for the poor.

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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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The Sustainable Development Goals

FMO contributes directly and indirectly to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of its core business. Aligned with our organisational goals, we have selected three SDGs as most relevant. On sector level, through client selection and our ESG risk management we deliver on additional SDGs. Read more

  • 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. Through our investments in developing countries, we pledge to contribute to limiting global temperature increase to 2°C and preferably 1.5°C.