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 year 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies with a global reach have a responsibility to use their business to help improve lives and create a better world. These companies can drive sustainable economic growth, promote financial inclusion, and support communities where they operate as a responsible corporate citizen.

Visa has now published its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report, “Everyone, Everywhere,” which demonstrates how the company is operating as a responsible, ethical and sustainable business. The report highlights the company’s efforts to fulfilling its mission to connect the world through its global digital payment network and...

1 year 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Responsibility is about doing more together than one can do alone. Responsible companies foster relationships where ideas and resources are shared to inform and execute a robust corporate responsibility strategy. These companies actively listen to and involve stakeholders in identifying priorities, shaping strategy, and implementing solutions.

Brown-Forman has published its sixth corporate responsibility report, outlining the company’s responsibility commitments, key achievements, and challenges. The report features narratives describing employees who champion the cause of responsibility throughout the business, from...

1 year 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The built environment has an impact on the natural environment and the health and well-being of a local community. The responsibilities of global real estate companies include preserving the environment, strengthening of the communities where they operate, and creating healthy and productive places to live, work, and play.

CBRE has now published its tenth annual Corporate Responsibility Report with the theme “Building Connections”. The report highlights CBRE’s accomplishments as a responsible leader within the commercial real estate industry. In early 2017, CBRE was named a World’s Most Ethical Company by The...

1 year 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – ESG investing is fast becoming a mainstream area within the investment industry. An increasing number of investors are now adopting the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and choosing companies that score high on ESG performance. Investors inclined towards responsible investments operate on the belief that in the long run addressing ESG issues will preserve and boost their portfolio returns.

In sync with this trend, MSCI says it is experiencing increasingly strong demand for a combination of ESG and factor indices. The company has reported a $2.7 million or 24.7 percent increase in second-quarter ESG revenues...

1 year 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Measuring and reporting on CSR goals and performance is no longer a mere promotional exercise for responsible companies. Informing stakeholders such as consumers, employees, investors, partners and government agencies is now integral to the sustainability strategy of businesses that recognize the value of CSR communication.

Bacardi has been making dedicated efforts to improve communication and engagement with audiences about its global sustainability initiative, Good Spirited. Using advanced measurement and analytics, the company has raised both internal – involving nearly 5,500 Bacardi employees – and external...

1 year 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Recent research from the International Trade Center, the joint agency of the UN and the WTO, reveals that small businesses are the missing link to inclusive growth. Jobs are vital to participating in economic growth, and small and mid-sized companies account for almost 70 percent of global employment.

Focusing on this missing link, KeyBank has partnered with JumpStart, Inc. to help small business owners thrive by fueling the “KeyBank Business Boost & Build” program with a four-year, $24 million grant by the KeyBank Foundation.

The grant will serve to establish the KeyBank Center for Technology,...

1 year 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the early nineties, while “green” was still only a color for most businesses, institutions and media organizations, a few began to recognize that the achievement of sustainable development could not be left to the government alone. One of the earliest signs of support from the industry came in 1990 when the International Chamber of Commerce issued a “Business Charter for Sustainable Development.”

GreenMoney Journal, which was launched in 1992 by Cliff Feigenbaum, and followed by the website in 1995, became one of the torch-bearers in media to promote the idea of sustainable business and impact...

1 year 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are typically defined as a business with fewer than 250 employees, and an annual turnover below 50 million euro. In most of the world economies, SMEs comprise nearly 99 percent of all businesses and between three quarters of the value added, making a key contribution to job generation.

Bartercard, the operator of the world’s largest trade exchange, provides one of the most innovative business tools to help SMEs conduct cashless transactions. The company has now announced the launch of Bartercard France, their new master franchise for Europe.

Bartercard enables...

1 year 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Mining companies represent the beginning of the value chain for several sectors set to undergo significant change as part of the transition to a low-carbon economy, including utilities, industrials and transport. This transition represents new business opportunities, but also poses risks associated with shifts away from some incumbent commodity use.

A recent CDP report ‘Digging Deep’ analyzing the world’s major mining companies reveals that they are putting up to $16 billion at risk in climate costs by passing down the risk in their value chain. As a result of passing the buck down, miners are exposed to up...

1 year 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Large companies around the world have the power as well as the responsibility to care for their employees, consumers, investors and the communities where they operate. Companies that have imbibed the do-good spirit are not just good corporate citizens, but they also enjoy a clear competitive advantage in today’s world.

Aflac has now published its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which is based on the theme “Everyone has the power to do good.” Aflac’s chairman and CEO Dan Amos summed up the central message of the report by saying that companies that “do good” for others do better in...