Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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4 days 2 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The global goals of sustainable development cannot be achieved by technological breakthroughs, financial support or government policy alone. A fundamental shift in the way people think and act lies at the core of global change. This requires excellence in education at all levels and in all social contexts.

Recognizing the critical importance of education, Voya Financial has honored Sydney Chaffee, a ninth-grade humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, MA, who has been named the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. Chaffee, along with other 2017 State Teachers of the Year, will be honored...

6 days 9 hours ago

(3BL media/Justmeans) – Social enterprises present a unique model for global sustainability. They combine social responsibility with business strategy to scale solutions that are needed now more than ever. But to achieve scale, it is important for social entrepreneurs to find investors that share the same values.

A recent study conducted by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) reveals that growth in sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing is creating new opportunities for social enterprises, particularly those registered as Benefit Corporations.

The report US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact...

1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A large number of companies around the world now recognize that a sustainable business strategy is not just good for the planet, but also for their own competitive growth. Key stakeholders, including investors and consumers, are increasingly willing to distance themselves from companies that fail to embed sustainability principles into their core business practices and strategy.

This encouraging trend has now been highlighted in the latest report by the independent sustainability ratings agency oekom research. The researchers have for the first time identified signs of overall improvement in sustainable business...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Real estate companies around the world have a key role to play in mitigating climate change and meeting the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Green bonds are a vital instrument of sustainable finance that can support the massive global investments in green infrastructure required to achieve the SDGs.

The government of Singapore has been taking steps to match the demand for sustainable investments, which include promoting green bonds locally. As one of Singapore’s largest commercial land developers, City Developments Limited (CDL), through its wholly-owned subsidiary CDL Properties Ltd (CDLP), has...

2 weeks 4 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Investors, more than ever, are using non-financial performance to draw conclusions on value and to better inform their decisions. The investing community around the world increasingly believes it is a sign of operational excellence if a company shows they are handling ESG issues well.

New research from EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice shows that it is vital for companies to recognize the connection between non-financial performance and investor attitudes. The third EY CCaSS survey of more than 320 global institutional investors revealed that as many as 82 percent of the respondents...

2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies can contribute to a better future for the society, and at the same time, enjoy better business, when they focus on these five areas of commitment: Customers, Employees, Communities, the Environment, and Corporate Governance. To create sustainable growth, companies must leverage their capabilities for the benefit of all stakeholders and the communities where they operate.

Scotiabank’s CSR strategy, “Better Future, Better Off,” focuses on all these commitments by working on seven priorities: Access to Finance, Financial Knowledge, Diversity and Inclusion, Climate Change, Responsible Financing,...

2 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The digital revolution has increased our ability to learn and communicate about corporate responsibility, resulting in companies being held to account by greater number of stakeholders than ever before. Many companies now want to proactively manage their impacts, but corporate citizenship managers are still faced with challenges and resistance at every step.

To address these challenges, a new book 21st Century Corporate Citizenship, by Dave Stangis and Katherine Valvoda Smith, provides a practical...

2 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A growing number of companies now publicly share and prioritize their ESG actions and performance. Yet, this information is often not reported in a codified way. Of the Fortune 1000, only an estimated 27 percent provide a CSR report. The percentage of smaller companies reporting their CSR behavior is even lower.

In absence of a consistent CSR rating system, it can be difficult to objectively compare CSR performance of companies. The CSR field is currently riddled with competing standards, methodologies, certification systems, and philosophies. This has created an environment that both those who generate data and...

2 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Talent-led businesses in the new digital economy can compete by putting people first. Putting people first in the true sense involves going beyond prevailing industry workplace best practices and creating next-generation practices in learning and development, inclusion and diversity, and the overall employee experience.

Accenture is helping create a more inclusive and sustainable world by putting people first, as highlighted in its recently published 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report “Making a Difference.” Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO, said that the company’s global capabilities help drive...

3 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate sustainability is the way forward for any company that wants to create competitive advantage. In the European business community, there is a growing belief that sustainability is becoming a core component of mainstream business. Many European companies are now looking at how their business can deliver purpose and quantifiable social impacts.

The Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Trends 2017 report examines the top global trends and issues for business in 2017. The report features insights from nearly 2,500 global business executives, and analyzes issues such as the evolution of the...