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Who we are

We are the Dutch development bank. We support sustainable private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in businesses, projects and financial institutions.

FMO was founded in 1970 and is a public-private partnership, with 51% of our shares held by the Dutch State and 49% held by commercial banks, trade unions and other members of the private sector. FMO has a triple A rating from both Fitch and Standard & Poor’s.

Higher goal

FMO, your preferred partner to invest in local prosperity

Vision

We believe in a world where, in 2050, more than nine billion people live well and within the means of the planet's resources.

Mission

In pursuit of this vision, FMO's mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build this better world. To that end, FMO invests in businesses, projects and financial institutions, by providing capital, knowledge and networks to support sustainable growth. We do this with the ultimate goal of empowering people to apply their skills and improve their own quality of life.

Strategy 2025

We have set ourselves the goal to ‘Become your preferred partner to invest in local prosperity’. Our strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on increased focus and impact in our activities.

  • We will steer on our contribution to the SDGs in general, and three in particular: decent work and economic growth (SDG8), reduced inequalities (SDG10) and climate action (SDG13).
  • To be effective in supporting local prosperity, we aim to become the preferred partner to our key stakeholders.
  • We focus on three sectors where we can have the biggest impact: financial institutions, energy and agribusiness, food & water.

Our goal to ‘invest in local prosperity’ is not only important for local people, but also for the Netherlands. Decent work, less inequality and climate action create local stability. This is important for the Netherlands and the countries close to us, for example in the circle around Europe and in Africa.

Corporate culture and values

FMO is active in an international environment and is aware of the importance of being open to the needs and wishes of each stakeholder, while taking into account its own integrity and social responsibility.

FMO strives for a flawless reputation for integrity. Accordingly, we expect all employees, irrespective of their position, to behave beyond reproach. They should act, and in certain cases refrain from acting, fully as FMO expects a good employee to do.We have created an open culture based on respect, integrity and social responsibility. Our employees are engaged, want to make a difference and cooperate to create excellence.

Diversity

During 2017, we were proud to announce that we have become Europe’s first development finance institution and the second company in the Netherlands to become EDGE certified. Economic Dividends from Gender Equality (EDGE) is the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace. Certification required a rigorous external assessment of the workplace environment through an employee survey, and review of company policy and practice against best international practice. Certification fits FMO’s philosophy that the organization can only thrive if it is built on a diverse and inclusive organizational culture.