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.
FMO, your preferred partner to invest in local prosperity
We believe in a world where, in 2050, more than nine billion people live well and within the means of the planet's resources.
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.
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.
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.
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 some instances refrain from acting, fully as FMO expects an excellent employee to do. We have created an open culture based on respect, integrity and social responsibility. The values we live by are: Making the Difference, Diversity, Quality, and Integrity.
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.
FMO follows a number of guidelines and principles, which helps us to improve the quality of our work.