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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.

"Altiorem gave me exposure as a university student to the world of sustainability research. This gave me the confidence to pursue sustainability as a career and awareness of the breath of roles available in the industry." - Anonymous, Investment Analyst

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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.
24 May 2024

The intersection of Responsible AI and ESG: A framework for investors

This report provides actionable insights for investors exploring the integration of Responsible AI (RAI) in their investment decisions. It offers a framework to assess the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) usage by companies. The report includes case studies of globally listed companies and a set of templates to support investors in implementing the framework.
24 May 2024

Anticipatory finance: An introductory guide

This introductory guide explores anticipatory finance, a funding mechanism released before predicted disasters to reduce humanitarian impact. It explains anticipatory action (AA), details potential finance sources (e.g. donor funds, government budgets, insurance), and presents real-world examples, challenges, and recommendations for implementation.
20 May 2024

Global Slavery Index

The Global Slavery Index (GSI) by Walk Free provides comprehensive data on the prevalence of modern slavery in 160 countries, detailing how many people are affected, their vulnerabilities, and governmental responses.
23 May 2024

Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Columbia Climate School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law (SCCCL) conducts research and develops innovative legal techniques to address climate change. The centre focuses on climate litigation, renewable energy, and environmental justice. It provides resources, events, and publications to support climate law and policy advancements.
20 May 2024

future.focus

Future Focus is an organisation dedicated to fostering sustainable development and innovation. They offer comprehensive research, insights, and solutions to address global challenges. With a focus on education, environment, and community, Future Focus aims to drive positive change and support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through impactful initiatives and collaborations.

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

19 March 2024

2024 XDI gross domestic climate risk report

The 2024 XDI report ranks over 2,600 regions worldwide according to the projected damage to the built environment from extreme weather and climate change, including floods, wildfires and sea-level rises, and which of these regions are likely to see the largest escalation in damage from 1990 to 2050. Used by companies, governments and investors looking for data on sub-sovereign and regional risk.
19 March 2024

Australian material flow analysis to progress to a circular economy

This report provides a comprehensive material flow account for Australia in 2019 to support the assessment of its circular economy progress. The report highlights key areas where policy interventions can improve material intensity, resource efficiency, and waste minimisation. It also evaluates Australia's circularity indicators and performs well on three proposed indicators.
18 March 2024

Guidance for pursuing impact in listed equities: The GIIN's listed equities working group

This paper provides guidance for impact investors to achieve positive outcomes in public markets through listed equities. This report offers key concepts, practical recommendations, and examples for managing listed equity portfolios. Investors will find insights for developing impact strategies that deliver measurable social and environmental impact and financial returns.

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