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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.

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Gender lens investing

Expert Guide for: Financial advice, investment
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.
Expert guide
16 November 2023

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.
Article
4 January 2024

Investing in nature: Opportunities for institutional investors

Green Finance Institute
This guide aims to assist institutional investors in navigating the evolving landscape of nature-based finance. It offers practical insights into various investment opportunities, showcasing case studies that exemplify best practices and innovative approaches in nature investments.
Research
14 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

Good practice toolkit: Strengthening modern slavery responses

Australian Human Rights Institute
This toolkit provides guidance on improving business practices under Australia's Modern Slavery Act. It emphasises effective stakeholder and supplier engagement, human rights due diligence, and the use of digital technologies. The toolkit includes practical examples and recommendations for businesses, governments, and civil society to better combat modern slavery.
Research
13 June 2024

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
1 research item

Colorful Capital

Other Industry / Sector Specific Groups & Sponsored Organisations
Colorful Capital supports LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs and businesses by providing equitable access to capital. They aim to create a more inclusive economy by addressing funding disparities. Their focus on diversity and inclusion in finance helps empower underrepresented communities.
Organisation
1 research item

Sustainable Markets Initiative

Government Sponsored / Multilateral Organisations
Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) champions sustainable finance and responsible investing, fostering a green economy through innovative market solutions. Explore insights, tools, and resources on sustainability and impact investing. Ideal for investors, policymakers, and businesses committed to a sustainable future.
Organisation
1 research item

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

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Indigenous rights and financial institutions: Free, prior and informed consent, just transition and emerging practice

Shift
This report examines the importance of Indigenous Peoples’ rights in finance, focusing on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). It discusses challenges in implementing FPIC, such as differing views on indigeneity, determining adequate FPIC, poor information, and power imbalances. It concludes with the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships.
Research
31 May 2024

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

CSIRO
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.
Research
24 May 2024

An introduction to responsible investment: Biodiversity for asset owners

Principles for Responsible Investment
This introductory guide for asset owners explores the financial risks and opportunities associated with biodiversity loss. It explains the relevance of biodiversity to investment processes and outlines how asset owners can incorporate biodiversity considerations into their responsible investment policies, stewardship practices, and disclosures.
Research
31 May 2024

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