BLACK LIVES MATTER
FMO believes in a world in which, in 2050, more than 9 billion people live well and within the means of the planet’s resources. This world is one in which racial differences are no longer a barrier to full inclusion in society.
Recent events around the world and the resultant momentum of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement have highlighted the painful fact that racism still deeply permeates our society and institutions. No organization can assume that racial discrimination and prejudice do not exist. We are not exempt here in the Netherlands, or in FMO. As an organization that focuses on reducing inequality and that has diversity as one of its values, we owe it to society at large, to our partners and each of our colleagues to strive for full equality and inclusion. There is an important difference between simply ensuring that diverse backgrounds and viewpoints are represented and making sure everyone can bring their full self to work. That holds for racial differences as well as other forms of diversity.
FMO does not accept racism or any form of injustice …
… particularly in our own organization. We want FMO to be a source of strength and pride for everyone working here.
- We commit to celebrating and respecting diversity of thought, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, cultural background, age, and physical ability.
- We commit to creating a workplace where we have real dialogue about essential but uncomfortable issues, including those related to race.
- We commit to making sure the employees affected can engage in these conversations in a safe and respectful environment, and that they feel empowered and supported to ask for change.
- And as a development finance institution we commit to being a force for systemic change across the development finance sector and will not shy away from taking an active role for improvement among our peers, partners and clients on this issue.