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Welcome to Altiorem

Altiorem is a non-for-profit library and resource centre 
that collates, summarises and curates research and educational content on topics like Responsible Investing, Biodiversity, Corporate Culture, and Human Rights.

Discover research to drive your sustainable finance case.

“It is a great collaborative resource that brings together seasoned professionals and junior ESG keen beans, providing a great pipeline of talent for the industry as well as providing a useful database of all things ESG research." - Alice Martin, Moribus Advisory

How it works

Our community-built platform and AI tool support
finance professionals to navigate ESG complexities confidently, turning insights into actionable strategies
for positive change.

Recently published

16 November 2023

Gender lens investing

Gender lens investing (GLI) involves a range of investment approaches that seek to improve gender outcomes. GLI strategies promote gender equality and women's empowerment, while also generating financial returns. This guide defines GLIs, explores the practical implementation of gender lens strategies with case studies and best practice, and highlights top ways to learn more.
4 January 2024

Understanding the surge in extreme weather events and the climate connection

This article examines the rise in extreme weather events and their connection with climate change, their devastating consequences, and provides practical investor resources designed to support climate action and guide us towards a more sustainable future.
22 April 2024

Social and Human Capital Protocol

This protocol sets out principles for valuing human and social capital, helping businesses to measure the value of community relationships and employee talent. The goal is to help businesses make truly sustainable decisions; however, this is a nascent field requiring more detailed data, and tailored techniques, to ensure more accurate results.
22 April 2024

The BankTrack human rights benchmark Latin America

This benchmark report assesses 17 commercial banks based on their public disclosures in four key categories. The banks' policies commit to respecting human rights, but reports and remedies are deficient. The majority of banks need to exhibit concrete actions to effectively demonstrate their commitment to human rights.
22 April 2024

Accounting for impact: Financial and sustainability reporting of relocating graves in South Africa

This report delves into reporting sustainability impacts alongside financial data, using the case of relocating graves due to mining in South Africa. It highlights the necessity of clearer disclosure guidelines, improved stakeholder engagement, cultural heritage preservation, and recognising societal implications beyond financial metrics. Companies must navigate complexities and prioritise transparency.
4 April 2024

Greenpeace

Greenpeace International is an environmental NGO advocating for global environmental protection and sustainability. With a focus on climate change, deforestation, overfishing, and other ecological issues, it engages in activism, research, and lobbying to drive positive change. Greenpeace campaigns for renewable energy, biodiversity preservation, and the mitigation of environmental damage worldwide.
21 March 2024

New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF)

The New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) is dedicated to driving sustainable investment across New Zealand. With a focus on green initiatives, NZGIF collaborates with businesses, government, and communities to promote environmental stewardship and economic growth. Their strategy emphasises innovation, values integrity, and embraces a holistic approach to green investment.

Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere
01

Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
02

Good Health and Well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
03

Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
04

Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
05

Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
06

Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
07

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
08

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
09

Reduced Inequality

Reduce inequality within and among countries
10

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
11

Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
12

Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
13

Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
14

Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
15

Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
16

Partnerships to Achieve the Goal

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
17

Team Altiorem recommends

6 April 2023

A new framework for understanding the sustainability of business models – Part 1

Business as usual is unsustainable. Whether you are providing advice or evaluating companies to invest in, clients are increasingly interested in how their money is invested. In this context, it is time to consider the role of business and the assumptions about what business traits make a company an attractive investment. Part 1 of a two part series outlines the five unsustainable characteristics that need to be addressed if a business is to thrive in a sustainable economy.
20 March 2024

Dhawura Ngilan - Business and investor initiative: A guide for businesses and investors

This report provides guidance for businesses and investors to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage rights and implement environmental, social, and corporate governance principles. The Dhawura Ngilan (Remembering Country) vision is outlined and detailed recommendations for ethical investment practices are provided.
17 May 2020

Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)

Accounting for Sustainability aims to inspire action by finance leaders to drive a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy. It achieves this through conducting research, publishing reports, hosting events and providing a networking platform for the finance and accounting community.

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