18 March 2020

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COVID-19: Responding to the urgent challenge before us

The world is right now facing a threat whose singular urgency and scale call for swift and decisive action.

The safety of not only our employees, but also our clients, neighbors, and communities is our top priority. As the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 “a global health and societal emergency that requires effective immediate action by governments, individuals and businesses,” we must all react rapidly and responsibly to an unprecedented crisis. We must slow the rate of infection and flatten the curve in our respective countries. We must reduce physical contact, suspend business travel, and exploit the full potential of technology to keep us interconnected while keeping us safe. 

We as Finance in Motion remain fully operational. And we are as available as ever to our partners, to our investees, and within our teams. State-of-the-art IT infrastructure, robust systems, and reliable processes enable us to continue with minimal discernable interruption. Meanwhile, our broad local office network allows us to stay in close touch with our clients even at a time of border controls and international travel bans. 

Because now more than ever, collaboration will be key both to beating COVID-19 and to supporting the communities most susceptible to its wider implications. Small businesses, for example, will need steady allies who are in it for the long run, whose experience with managing volatile environments can provide resources and guidance as they navigate back to safe harbors. That is why we, as impact investors, are doubling down our efforts in these precarious times to remain a dependable partner for investees and investors alike while we monitor developments closely. 

At Finance in Motion, identifying and mitigating risk is part of our company’s DNA. Yet even more, we believe firmly in the crucial role of community to rise up and tackle global challenges. Doing good for people and planet is not only about building renewable energy plants or establishing new microfinance institutions. It is about ensuring resilient systems, protecting the vulnerable, reducing pressure on emergency resources, and doing our part as individuals and as a company to overcome this challenge safely – together.