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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1 day 4 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – When a natural disaster strikes a developing country like Haiti, first responders address the population’s immediate needs for potable water, food, medical supplies and temporary shelter. However, the long-term challenge is to rebuild homes and basic infrastructure, such as hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Build Health International (BHI), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit has taken up the challenge to make more of Haiti’s healthcare facilities affordable, sustainable and resilient to natural catastrophes. BHI has been focusing on this mission since 2010, when the public health system was destroyed in a major...


3 days 4 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) involves large amounts of finance. While there are adequate funds available globally, only a small part of the international investments are currently targeted towards meeting these goals. The challenge lies in putting the money in the right direction to achieve the sustainability agenda.

To address this challenge, about 20 leading global banks and investors, totaling $6.6 trillion in assets, have launched a UN-backed global framework aimed at channeling the funds they manage towards clean, low carbon and inclusive projects.

The standards called “...


6 days 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In today’s environment, ethics and compliance have become a top priority for customers and other stakeholders. Particularly, in the services business, success is powered as much by shared values and ethics as by business strategy and employee skills.

Capgemini has been named a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for the fifth year in a row. This global recognition honors companies who lead with integrity and align principle with action. Capgemini is one of the only two companies in the consulting industry to have earned this recognition consecutively for the last five years.

The...


1 week 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies that internally promote ethical business standards and practices have historically outperformed others in financial terms. There is a clear connection between good ethical practices in business and market performance. Ethical companies shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies program honors companies from around the world that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to good ethical practices in business. The program is run by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business...


1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The UN Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) have emerged as an integrative framework that gives a cohesive direction to sustainable actions of companies, investors, nonprofits, development organizations, and governments. Innovative fund-raising solutions are necessary to implement these global goals, particularly in the developing economies. 

To fund the expansion of SDGs, the World Bank has issued bonds that for the first time directly link returns to the performance of companies advancing global development priorities set out in the SDGs, including gender equality, health and sustainable infrastructure.

The...


1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – CSR leaders and corporate foundations experience implementation challenges as they attempt to move from an initial strategy to leading change. Legacy expectations, inadequate capacity, organizational inertia and other strategic choices are some of the obstacles that can slow progress in strategy.

To help these leaders overcome the challenges and advance their CSR strategy, FSG in partnership with CECP has released a learning brief titled “Advancing Strategy: How to Lead Change in Corporate Societal Engagement.” The guide provides best practices and tools to enable corporate foundation and CSR leaders to...


2 weeks 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Some of the world’s leading companies are embracing the transition to a low-carbon economy, and are ready to back up their commitments with large investments in sustainability. Their efforts need to be matched by governments with well-designed policies to create enabling and long-lasting frameworks to drive change.

Ikea recently released its Sustainability Report for 2016, which showcased the company’s efforts to promote sustainable living to its customers through its People & Planet sustainability program. Alongside the release of the report, the company also announced a new €1 billion support fund, taking total...


2 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Businesses looking to sign renewable energy contracts or even develop their own solar or wind projects often find themselves on a steep learning curve about borrowing money, structuring contracts and understanding the complex rules that govern the energy industry. Streamlining the supply of renewable energy can help a company to save money and time.

While Corporate America is buying more renewable power than ever before, businesses increasingly favor wind power over solar. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Dow Chemical and 3M are now buying five times more wind...


2 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable investing has experienced a compound annual growth rate of 104.6 percent from 2012 to 2014, according to The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. This growth is being driven, in part, by Millennials who prefer to invest in alignment with personal values. Since Millennials are poised to receive more than $30 trillion of inheritable wealth, fund managers are increasingly allocating resources to capture this emerging client segment.

Ernst & Young's new report titled, “Sustainable Investing: The Millennial Investor,” highlights the impact Millennials are going to have on the...


2 weeks 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the last few decades, a global movement toward a different business model has emerged. The new model is related to broader efforts to promote sustainable development and the circular economy, and is driven in large part by the challenges of climate change. However, the new commitments made by responsible organizations and governments across the world need strong implementation in order to effectively address the global challenges.

To bring these organizations into spotlight, the Security and Sustainability Guide project has released a new report titled “Greening Capitalism, Quietly: Seven Types of...


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