Reducing FMO's own footprint

FMO's largest footprint is through our clients' impact and our own air travel to and from client meetings. Thus as part of our long-standing goal to reduce our environmental footprint, FMO employees can take an online IFC Performance Standards course to learn about our environmental, social and sustainable investment activities.

In 2011, we once again took steps to reduce our ecological footprint by limiting our use of resources such as energy and paper. We introduced new printers that use wax rather than toner, energy-efficient computer monitors and continued efforts to become a paperless office by digitizing the disbursement process. Striving for sustainable supply chain management, we prefer suppliers that have ESG standards acceptable for FMO and offer the best combination of sustainable products, services and entrepreneurship.

Our office building in The Hague is A-label certified in terms of energy efficiency on a scale of A (most efficient) to G (least efficient); the electricity we buy is so-called 'green energy', generated from hydropower. Our heating is provided by waste water from the city's heating. In 2011, FMO used Gold Standard rights to compensate its CO2 emission. These are currently the highest level of compensation rights available. Gold Standard rights also include compensation for CO2 emission for employees' use of public transport for their daily commute. A substantial part (approximately 35%) of our workforce uses trains, buses or trams on a daily basis. For more details, visit the FMO's footprint page on our website.