FMO believes that incorporating ESG opportunities into business models is essential for both mitigating risk and creating development impact. FMO works closely with the clients to assess their ESG risks, identify where ESG improvements can be made and agree on action plans for addressing improvements. FMO has elected to employ the best practice frameworks in guiding sustainability implementation in its clients' businesses. FMO's ESG process complies with internationally accepted banking, finance and sustainability criteria such as the IFC performance standards and OECD MNE guidelines. FMO continues to look for new ways to define and incorporate innovative ESG practices as well as takes part in developing and defining these standards by working together with organizations such as IFC and UNEPFI.
In 2017, FMO launched its updated and improved Sustainability Policy, which has become the leading policy document that shapes and guides FMO’s efforts towards supporting global sustainable development in an integrated manner.