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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.

"Environmental change is accelerating and generating new and emerging challenges but also opportunities for business. Companies that face up to these realities are likely to be the ones that survive and indeed thrive in a rapidly evolving world where factors such as climate change and dwindling availability of natural resources will shape future patterns of profit and loss while driving new and smarter markets." - Achim Steiner

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Framing and language for effective climate conversations

Expert Guide for: All finance
This guide offers expert insights and practical techniques towards framing and language for effective climate conversations. The guide focusses on engaging those ‘cautious’ and ‘concerned’ about the climate, i.e., “middle ground people”, as they make up a large percentage of the population.
Expert guide
11 June 2024

Intern profile: Khiet (Grace) Ly

Altiorem partners with universities to host passionate student interns interested in expanding their skills in sustainable finance. In this post, we are profiling one our interns, Khiet (Grace) Ly.
Article
9 July 2024

An introduction to responsible investment: Human rights for asset owners

Principles for Responsible Investment
This guide by PRI summarises human rights relevance for asset owners, offering strategies for policy, governance, stewardship, and disclosure. It includes case studies, international standards, and practical resources to promote human rights in the financial system.
Research
9 July 2024

Unstructured data and AI: Fine-tuning LLMs to enhance the investment process

CFA Institute
The report discusses the use of unstructured data and AI, particularly large language models (LLMs), in investment processes. It discusses the benefits of fine-tuning these models to improve investment strategies and includes a case study on using AI in ESG investing.
Research
28 June 2024

Key performance indicators of responsible corporate tax conduct – and their green and red flags

Fair Tax Foundation
The report outlines key performance indicators (KPIs) for responsible corporate tax conduct, highlighting green and red flags. Key aspects include transparent financial statements, robust tax commitments, public Country-by-Country disclosures, disclosure of uncertain tax positions, and consistent corporate cash taxes paid over five years. It aims to guide investors in assessing tax conduct.
Research
27 June 2024

GRESB

Finance Industry Groups
GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) is an organisation providing ESG data and insights for the financial sector. It helps investors and managers evaluate ESG performance, enhance sustainability practices, and improve transparency in real estate and infrastructure investments.
Organisation

Investors Against Slavery and Trafficking Asia Pacific (IAST APAC)

Finance / Corporate Focused NGOs & Think Tanks
Investors Against Slavery and Trafficking Asia Pacific (IASTAPAC) mobilises investors to address modern slavery and human trafficking in their portfolios. IASTAPAC promotes responsible investment practices, provides guidance, and engages with companies to eradicate these issues from supply chains.
Organisation

Capital Human

Commercial Research Providers
Capital Human provides innovative solutions for sustainable human capital development. Specialising in modern slavery prevention and ethical labour practices, Capital Human offers resources and tools to businesses and finance professionals. Discover their comprehensive approach to building socially responsible and sustainable workplaces.
Organisation
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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

Nature-positive strategy: Practical guidance for corporates

Pollination
This practical guidance report provides a principles-based approach that equips corporates with an understanding of the value of nature, identifies key frameworks, and encourages a call to action. It suggests implementing “no regrets” actions for risk mitigation while progressing work on key frameworks. It further recognises that taking actions now will create business value.
Research
15 June 2024

An innovation pathway to decarbonization: Circular economy solutions for policymakers and industry in the US

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The US has a significant opportunity to decarbonise its industrial sector and boost its economy by transitioning to a circular economy. This report explores the economic and environmental benefits of circular solutions in key industries, such as batteries, construction, and electronics. It also analyses current US policies that support a circular economy and provides recommendations for further policy interventions to accelerate this transition.
Research
14 June 2024

Refugee-related investments: Myth or reality?

The World Bank
This report examines the current state of refugee-related investment, a subset of impact investing focused on companies benefiting forcibly displaced people. It discusses the need for sustainable solutions for refugees' economic inclusion, the challenges faced by this nascent field, and recommendations for governments, development partners, and private sector actors to accelerate refugees' social and economic inclusion while benefiting host countries.
Research
7 June 2024

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