Policies and position statements

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Policies and position statements

We invest with the goal of having broad economic, social, environmental and governance impact in our clients’ countries.

Since 1970, we offer capital, knowledge and networks to companies and financial institutions in developing countries. Over the years, we have gained much experience on how to best support our clients, both the ones that are frontrunners in sustainable business, as well as the ones that might need some extra push in order to improve their impact. We see this as a continuous process and aim to constantly improve our own and our clients’ processes, activities and output to make this world a better place.

In this section you read more about the criteria, policies and position statements consistent with our mandate as a development bank that guide our investment process.

Responsible investing statements

We work with general investment criteria  to ensure that our investment operations are in compliance with our objective and consistent with the current policy of the Dutch Government on development cooperation. We test all of our investments against the following dimensions of development impact: 

  • Financial additionality: providing financial services only where the market can or does not do the same, or otherwise does not provide on an adequate scale or on reasonable terms.
  • ESG additionality: providing additional, non-financial value (such as green and inclusive development impact, environmental and social risk management and governance improvements).
  • Catalytic role: maximizing the flow of finance to FMO’s client(s) by mobilizing third-party funds.

Sustainability policy and position statements

Sustainability Policy

Our Sustainability Policy guides our contribution to sustainable development and is in line with our vision of a world in 2050 where over 9 billion people can live well and within the limits of our planet.

It is the leading document in the FMO Sustainable Policy Universe and guides all of FMO’s actions. The policy should be read in conjunction with 'Implementing the Sustainability Policy'. This document frames specific dilemma’s for FMO. We operate in market-circumstances that require an adaptive and realistic approach to supporting the transition to a sustainable global economy. 

FMO supports its ambitions by setting ambitious targets and goals, by having in place expert teams in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance risk management and through closely consulting with its stakeholders. FMO provides an annual and integrated report; integrating finance and sustainability.

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