OUR MISSION

To support current and future advocates in building the case to advance sustainable finance and implement the changes needed to make it a reality.

What is Altiorem?

Altiorem is the world’s first community built sustainable finance library. We are a registered charity, with a global platform dedicated to supporting advocates for sustainable finance while also engaging and educating the next generation of business and finance leaders on critical sustainability issues like climate change and sustainable development.

Altiorem is contributing to sustainable finance by:

  • Helping people understand the role finance must play in addressing sustainability challenges and building a better future for all.
  • Supporting advocates for sustainable finance in making stronger arguments for change and implement solutions with real impact.
  • Helping a new generation of leaders gain a solid understanding of critical sustainability issues and their relevance to business and finance.
  • Acting as an impact multiplier for researchers as well as a catalyst for new research opportunities.
  • Driving change from within organisations through internal advocacy and quality implementation of new and enhanced approaches to financial decision-making and stewardship practices.

What problem is Altiorem trying to solve?

Social and environmental crises such as climate change and poverty are urgent global concerns, but the finance industry can drive many of the solutions the world needs to resolve them.

While there is a strong body of knowledge making the case for sustainable finance and many resources available that could help in implementing real world change, information is often difficult to find and apply.

There are many barriers to making finance a force for good. Relevant and good quality information shouldn’t be one of them.

What do we mean by sustainable finance?

Altiorem’s community believes that sustainable finance must be founded on principles of stewardship and responsibility. An industry which allocates financial capital and uses its significant influence to support flourishing social and environmental systems and solve the great challenges of our time.

Altiorem’s vision is to reimagine and realign the financial system so that it supports and enables a sustainable, equitable and healthy environment, society and economy.

A comprehensive library and resource centre for all advocates of a sustainable future

Altiorem is the go-to platform for individuals who recognise the crucial role of finance in overcoming the significant sustainability challenges we face today. It aims to empower not just those within the financial sector, but a wider audience committed to fostering a sustainable future.

  • Finance professionals across all roles
    For those in the finance industry, sustainability might not be the primary focus of their job. Whether their role involves making critical decisions in investment, insurance, or financing, or they contribute through various support functions, Altiorem offers access to trustworthy information and resources. This enables them to integrate sustainability considerations into their daily tasks and champion transformative changes.
  • Experts in sustainable finance
    Individuals holding specialised positions focused on sustainable finance will find Altiorem an invaluable and continually evolving resource that assists them in promoting and applying sustainable investment and financing strategies. Additionally, their contributions are vital for the expansion of the library and fostering a supportive community network.
  • Media, journalists and finance influencers
    Altiorem serves as a resource for media and other influencers aiming to highlight environmental and social issues within the financial industry discourse. It assists in demystifying finance’s role in sustainability, thereby encouraging more informed discussions.
  • Academics, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and regulators
    For academics, NGOs, and regulatory bodies, understanding sustainability is crucial, yet engaging with the finance sector on these matters can be challenging. Altiorem bridges this gap, helping to articulate sustainability issues in a finance-contextual framework and ensuring industry accountability.
  • Students and the general public
    Given the extensive reach of finance globally, Altiorem is a valuable tool for individuals eager to enhance their understanding of the sector and its connection to sustainability. It supports those who are keen on advocating for and advancing sustainable investment and finance practices.
  • Policy makers and government officials
    Altiorem also caters to policy makers and government officials who play a crucial role in shaping regulations and policies that govern financial activities. By providing resources and insights into sustainable finance, Altiorem assists in the formulation of policies that promote environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic sustainability, ensuring a holistic approach to overcoming global sustainability challenges.

Altiorem has been set up by a group of passionate advocates for sustainable finance. While the team below were the architects and laid the foundations, it is Altiorem's community of volunteers who are building the house.

Pablo Berrutti

Founder & Managing Director
Pablo Berrutti has deep investment and financial services experience including responsible investment, risk management, marketing, communications and strategy. He is currently a senior investment specialist for Stewart Investors and was formally the Head of Responsible Investment, Asia Pacific for Australia's second largest fund manager.

Alexandra Brown

Head of Research
Alexandra is the Founder of Ethical Invest Group and supports finance professionals with understanding and implementing ethical and sustainable investment. Alexandra provides ESG, sustainable finance and advice solutions including consulting, education, and professional development.

Mariana Wheatley

Deputy CEO & Director
Mariana is responsible for business operations, marketing initiatives, internships and university partnerships. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) degree and seeks to create a better future for the environment and society through her work.

Emmalene Wysocki

Community Manager
Emmalene is responsible for overseeing volunteer projects and internal education and training. Emmalene holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and plans to combine her ongoing knowledge of sustainability with her understanding of human behaviour to create positive societal behaviour change.

Miranda Millan

Senior Partnerships Manager
Miranda is based in the UK and has been working in domestic and international fundraising for many years, with a background in education, law, minority rights and the social sciences, and a particular interest in environmental law and policy.

She has a BA(Hons) in Sociology, MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights and will shortly have completed her PhD, which is broadly health-based. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

Madeline Combe

Biodiversity Finance Researcher
Madeline has over 8 years of academic and professional expertise in environmental sciences and sustainability. She has a Bachelor's in Marine Biology from the University of Technology Sydney and a Master's in Sustainability from Sydney University, her journey spans from marine conservation in the Maldives to wildlife rehabilitation in Costa Rica. Transitioning from corporate sustainability at the Sydney Opera House to market development at Refinitiv, Madeline has diverse experience in marine biology, community development, and sustainable finance.

Ellysa Zainul

Project and Research Officer
Ellysa is our Altiorem researcher based in Melbourne. Dedicated to social justice and queer rights, she is on a mission to offer financial sustainability resources in support of these causes, amplifying Altiorem's advocacy efforts. Ellysa curates resources that empower and inform, bridging the gap between financial literacy and advocacy.

BOARD

Pablo Berrutti

Founder & Managing Director
Pablo Berrutti has deep investment and financial services experience including responsible investment, risk management, marketing, communications and strategy. He is currently a senior investment specialist for Stewart Investors and was formally the Head of Responsible Investment, Asia Pacific for Australia's second largest fund manager.

Yen Wong CFA

Director & Company Secretary
Yen was the Head of Credit Research at Altius Asset Management. Yen was the deputy head of global credit research at CFSGAM and has 21 years of financial services experience in financial services including at Commonwealth Bank, JP Morgan and Citigroup Asset Management.

Yen has a bachelor of Mathematics, First Class Honours and is a CFA charter holder.

Alexandra Brown

Head of Research & Director
Alexandra is the Founder of Ethical Invest Group and supports finance professionals with understanding and implementing ethical and sustainable investment. Alexandra provides ESG, sustainable finance and advice solutions including consulting, education, and professional development.

Nick Edgerton

Director & Treasurer
Nick is responsible for leading the Stewart Investors Worldwide Sustainability investment strategy and generating ideas across all sectors of emerging and developed markets.

Nick has a bachelor of Economics; Master of Science in Economical Economics (with Distinction), CFA Level 4 Certificate in Investment Management.

Jackie King

Director
Jackie has over 20 years' experience in consulting in the for-purpose sector. Her executive career in the tertiary sector has included roles such as Director of Strategy, Director of Strategic Projects and Accreditation, Director of Governance, Audit Risk and Sustainability and Chief of Staff.

Her focus is on aligning values and operations, and more broadly the interface between good governance and transformational change. She was recently the co-chair of the ANZ Chapter of the UN Principles of Responsible Management UN Global Compact, which focuses on embedding sustainability in business schools and its disciplines, including finance. She completed a BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) and PhD in refugee policy at Monash University and an EMBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology.

Harvey Farrington

Director
Harvey has over 25 years of technology and finance multinational experience in mining, telecommunications and the Not for Profit (NFP) sectors. Harvey is a Chartered Account (ANZ) and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Harvey is also a Non-Executive Director (NED) of Hello Initiative. Harvey was appointed to the Alitorem board in 2023 and is based in Perth, Western Australia.

Fiona Donnelly

Director
Fiona is a multi-disciplinary professional. She started as a Big 4 trained Chartered Accountant, and moved into broader, country, regional and global roles and projects, developing a niche in sustainability. Clients include issuers, governments, academia and start-ups. Fiona’s forte is being able to speak business, sustainability and finance.

Mariana Wheatley

Director & Deputy CEO
Mariana is responsible for business operations, marketing initiatives, internships and university partnerships. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) degree and seeks to create a better future for the environment and society through her work.

Stewart Investors

We are grateful to Stewart Investors’ Tar-Ra Fund for their unwavering support and belief in Altiorem from the very beginning. Their generous funding and commitment to our team and mission have played an instrumental role in our growth and success.

Stewart Investors is a dedicated and ambitious group of long-term investors with a shared set of values and a passion for investing in companies that are well positioned to meet the challenges of sustainable development. Learn more.

 

Altiorem's university partnerships

At Altiorem, we are committed to nurturing the next generation of sustainable finance leaders. Through our university internship program, students gain valuable experience in sustainable finance while expanding their networks and demonstrating job-ready skills, helping to prepare them for impactful careers. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with our university partners and support the next generation change finance for good! Learn more about our university partners below.

University of Technology Sydney

University Partner

Monash University

University Partner

The University of Sydney

University Partner

Macquarie University

University Partner

Swinburne University

University Partner

TWITTER

Introducing a comprehensive toolkit designed for #investors to respect #IndigenousRights.

▪️ How to integrating Indigenous rights into investment policies
▪️ Strategies for assessing & addressing impacts
▪️ Ensuring Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

https://altiorem.org/research/respecting-indigenous-rights-an-actionable-due-diligence-toolkit-for-institutional-investors/

A tool from @ndgain and @NotreDame that summarises a country's vulnerability to #climatechange and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience. Find it here https://gain.nd.edu/our-work/country-index/rankings/

Discover the risks financial institutions face from #landconversion and related #financialcrimes. Key Takeaways:

Convergence of land conversion & financial crimes
Importance of robust due diligence & risk assessment
Environmental Crimes Financial Toolkit

https://altiorem.org/research/financial-crimes-and-land-conversion-uncovering-risk-for-financial-institutions/

A case study about Pakistan's first gender bond supporting women's businesses to grow

Hear Maheen Rahman, who was instrumental in developing the gender bond, discuss the case study here https://youtu.be/B5tiVaPPCKE

#GenderBond #GenderEquality #finance

Understand how to manage #biodiversityrisk. This table includes 5 actions over 3 horizons for investors to understand and manage biodiversity risk. It supports investors to respond to the #TNFD.

Find it here https://altiorem.org/reseach/biodiversity-unlocking-natural-capital-value-for-australian-investors/

#Biodiversity #ESG #sustainablefinance