Standards and reporting guidelines
This report has been prepared according to the legal requirements of section 2:391 of the Dutch civil code and the Dutch legal guidelines for management board reports, RJ 400. We have used the Integrated Reporting framework to describe how we create value for our stakeholders through our strategy aimed at being the preferred partner to invest in local prosperity. In the External Environment and Our Business Model chapters we describe how we are steering the organization and what this means to achieving our strategy.
We apply the GRI Standards and the specific financial sector guidelines and have chosen to report in accordance with the Core option. The Board Report consists of chapters At a glance, Report of the Management Board, Report of the Supervisory Board, Corporate Governance, Stakeholder engagement and materiality assessment, and How we report. Please refer to the separate GRI index for a detailed overview of all GRI disclosures.
The European Parliament has adopted an EU directive that requires eligible organizations and all banks to disclose non-financial and diversity information. We have incorporated this directive into this report. Please refer to the reference table in the Indexes section of the online report (annualreport.fmo.nl) to find the relevant information.
Since 2019, we report on our approach to climate following the recommendations provided by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Please refer to the separate TCFD report available on our website for more information.
In 2020, FMO became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking – a single framework for a sustainable banking industry developed through an innovative partnership between banks worldwide and United Nations Environment’s Finance Initiative. The Principles for Responsible Banking set out the banking industry’s role and responsibility in shaping a sustainable future and in aligning the banking sector with the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Signatory banks are required to report no later than 18 months after signing the Principles, and annually thereafter. To meet this requirement, FMO is publishing its first PRB report and self-assessment in March 2022.