Governance structure

FMO’s corporate governance structure is based on the premise that FMO is a long-term partnership of stakeholders who, directly or indirectly, influence or are influenced by the achievement of our objectives. Stakeholders include clients, the Dutch government, shareholders and other providers of capital, employees, NGOs and local communities in the countries where we work, as well as partners.

FMO is expected to take the interests of all stakeholders into account at all times. In governance terms, this expectation is expressed through the responsibilities and accountability of the Management and Supervisory Boards with regard to our shareholders and other stakeholders.

The daily management of our bank lies with the Management Board, consisting of three members: the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Risk & Finance Officer and the Chief Investment Officer. They are formally responsible for the management of our bank and are appointed by the Supervisory Board.

FMO’s Supervisory Board supervises and advises the Management Board. New members of the Supervisory Board are appointed by the General Meeting of Shareholders, on the nomination of the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board currently has two committees: the Audit and Risk Committee and the Selection, Appointment and Remuneration Committee, which advise and prepare decision-making.

In December 2018, the Supervisory Board decided to establish a third Supervisory Board Committee: the Impact Committee. The reason is that the Supervisory Board would like to dedicate more time to maximizing development impact. The Committee will deal with subjects such as ESG (including human rights), impact strategy, impact measurement, (NGO) stakeholders and communication, audit, reporting and international developments regarding impact.

Appointment of both Supervisory Board members and Management Board members is subject to the approval of the Dutch Central Bank, which assesses the reliability and suitability of the candidates.