Vannak Anan Prum thought he’d be away from his family for two months. Two months became five years before he saw his family again. Seeking work to pay for his wife’s hospital bill, Vannak left his Cambodian village for Thailand where he met a man promising he could earn good money in the fishing industry. Held hostage on a fishing vessel, Vannack lost his freedom while working around the clock and living in unimaginable violence. After a brave escape Vannak told his story of modern slavery.

Unfortunately, an estimated 200,000 migrant workers like Vannak are exploited by the $6.5 billion…


We are sharing Altiorem’s most read research since the start of 2021. This list provides insight into the sustainable finance topics our members (investors, financial advisers, students, academics) want to know more about and hints at broader trends in the finance industry.

If you’re new to Altiorem, we support investors interested in the allocation of capital towards a flourishing economy, society and environment. We summarise research making it simple to grasp key concepts without being an expert.

Research is summarised and categorised by key issues and leading sustainability standards. Our goal for Altiorem is to give the investment community access…


Rapidly transitioning to a low-carbon economy is the most urgent priority in reducing risks from climate change. As pledged in the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries are preparing to enhance their emissions reduction targets. Most countries have included sustainable finance mechanisms in their plans to fund clean energy projects and other green projects. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also offers a framework understanding and prioritising of the changes needed to deliver a sustainable future for people and the planet. The United Nations estimates the annual funding gap to deliver these goals is $2.5 trillion in emerging markets alone.

Green bonds are…


After being accused of lying in the 1980 comedy classic the Blues Brothers, Elwood Blues tells his brother Jake that it “Wasn’t lies, it was just… bullsh*t”. Fast forward 25 years and what was a funny, slightly crass and somewhat dubious distinction, took on an altogether more profound meaning when Princeton University Philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt released his 2005 book On Bullsh*t.


Conversations with clients on incorporating environmental issues including how to manage climate-related risk are now best-practice in institutional settings and subject to increasing regulatory oversight by APRA. More broadly, society is increasingly concerned about the risks and opportunities posed by climate change and its relationship to business and investments. This in part is evidenced by record financial flows into sustainability focused managed funds.

Investors are actively seeking to reduce emissions and allocate capital to opportunities that come from a net zero carbon economy. Investors are also aligning their investment strategies to global sustainability goals like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…


By Jennifer Asma and Rachel Halpern

With the rising demand for financial services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the vulnerability of financially excluded groups (those who do not have access to financial services, typically a bank account) has become increasingly stark.

Most financial institutions in Australia have yet to sufficiently meet the demand for banking services from these groups. This is an untapped opportunity for Australia’s banks and financial services firms. …


Responsible investor beliefs and practices which demand that the great sustainability challenges of our time fit within existing investment theory is bankrupt. It is the theory that must evolve to support what economist Kate Raworth calls a safe and just operating space for humanity. If the industry is unable to broaden its approach so that investment theory and practice fit within environmental and social guardrails, it will fail to capture the real-world value which must be its goal (and the key to its survival).

At the RIAA conference, Altiorem arranged a presentation titled Need a New Anchor, which…


Altiorem welcomes you to the next post within a regular series where we profile the inspiring and generous people who are making Altiorem possible.

We are excited to introduce our intern profile on the amazing Jennifer Asma.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a final year student at the University of Technology Sydney studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and IT. I enjoy watching shows and movies, playing video games and listening to music.


This week we are sharing Altiorem’s top 5 trending research. If you’re new to Altiorem, we support investors interested in the allocation of capital towards a flourishing economy, society and environment. We summarise research making it simple to grasp key concepts without being an expert.

Research is summarised and categorised by key issues and leading sustainability standards. Our goal for Altiorem is to give the investment community access to free, high quality, relevant and accessible material that they can easily use to inform and ignite the case for change.

We provide members free access to the sustainability research that investment…


This week we are sharing Altiorem’s latest research. Altiorem supports investors interested in the allocation of capital towards a flourishing economy, society and environment. We summarise research making it simple to grasp key concepts without being an expert.

Research is summarised and categorised by key issues and leading sustainability standards. Our goal for Altiorem is to give the investment community access to free, high quality, relevant and accessible material that they can easily use to inform and ignite the case for change.

We provide members free access to the sustainability research that investment professionals use. …

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