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2 Nov 2017

FMO & Finnfund

Honduras: Finnfund & FMO react to new report on Berta Caceres' murder

"FMO and Finnfund's initial reaction to the Gaipe report", 2 Nov 2017

On 6 July 2017, FMO and Finnfund finalized their exit from the Agua Zarca project in Honduras. Following the murder of Berta Cáceres, a well-respected human rights activist, FMO and Finnfund publicly expressed the deepest sorrow at her violent death. We have called upon the Honduran authorities for a thorough investigation and continue this call to hold those responsible to account...FMO and Finnfund strongly reject any claim of illegality regarding our role in any project... We are development institutions. We partner with others to invest in local prosperity because we care about people... Therefore, FMO and Finnfund condemn all kind of violence, do not tolerate illegal conduct and are serious about respecting human rights.To that end, FMO published its updated human rights position statement as part of its Sustainability Policy, following an internal review and consultation with our stakeholder community. This...statement is a firm commitment to respect human rights. In practice, this means that we explicitly and systematically address human rights in our due diligence and across our investment process. We cannot stress enough that we too want justice to prevail so that those responsible will be held to account through a fair trial.

Part of the following timelines

Honduras: 1 year since Berta Cáceres’ murder – selected materials

Honduras: New report by independent experts finds evidence of collusion between co. & govt. in murder of Berta Caceres; investors & co. respond