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 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Green bonds are debt instruments designed to finance environment-friendly projects. With most of the world now more strongly aligned on tackling climate change, governments and institutions are increasingly recognizing the potential of the green bond market as a significant transformational force to achieve carbon-reduction goals.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the global issuance of green bonds reached $95 billion in 2016. This was more than double the amount issued in 2015. A further $19 billion has been issued in the first two months of 2017. A recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch report revealed that...

4 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The debate about sustainable development has gained traction in recent months, with advocates emphasizing that it could generate millions of jobs worldwide. In the face of growing populations, depleting natural resources, and global warming, companies have an increasingly responsible role to play.

The UN Foundation-backed Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) recently released a new report, Better Business, Better World, which suggests that companies can tap new market opportunities worth $5 trillion and generate 230 million jobs in Asia by 2030 through sustainable business models.


4 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Several global companies now pursue sustainability goals such as building stable markets, protecting the environment and improving social inclusion. Some of these companies are leading from the front by ensuring that their business strategy is aligned with universal values in order to create a positive environmental and social impact.

MetLife is working to make a positive impact by skillfully managing ESG issues, as highlighted in its newly-released annual corporate responsibility report, Global Impact. The report focuses on MetLife’s leadership on social impact investing as well as its accomplishments in...

5 months 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) was established to promote South-South and triangular cooperation globally and within the UN system. UNOSSC enables developing countries to effectively face their development challenges and harness opportunities to address them.

UNOSSC has now launched a new partnership fund along with India with an aim to support sustainable development projects across the developing world. The India-UN Development Partnership Fund will implement country-level projects that are catalytic towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda...

5 months 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The human drive to explore new possibilities has succeeded in raising living standards dramatically around the world. With a growing population, longer lives, rapidly changing lifestyles and new healthcare challenges, the need for innovation is constant. Responsible companies are now integrating global sustainability into their business strategy and drive for innovation.

Abbott has recently released its 2016 Global Sustainability Report, which highlights the company’s efforts to protect the planet while boosting efficiency and reducing costs. The report provides a deeper look into activities across the company to...

5 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Traditional cleantech industries have effectively led the fight against climate change, but the next wave of sustainable innovations is arising from outside of these industries. Disruptive technologies and business models for a more sustainable future include the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and the sharing economy.

This rapidly developing trend is highlighted in “The Road to Sustainability,” a white paper released by Tsing Capital, China’s first sustaintech fund management company. The paper emphasizes that the future of sustainability depends on disruptive innovations that support cleaner and...

5 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The primitive humans simply buried their waste and refuse in the ground. This was an effective technique because their population was small and they produced very little waste. In an advanced civilization of today, burying all of our waste is not a sustainable solution. Modern humans produce far larger amounts of waste, much of which is not biodegradable.

Renewi is addressing this enormous environmental challenge through innovation in recycling and waste management. Renewi has recently published its first CSR Report, showing the company’s robust performance and outlining its ambitious plans for the future.


5 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Swings in government policy in the UK in recent years have affected environmental businesses and raised concerns among potential investors. Green groups now worry that the new UK government could scrap the Climate Change Act, leaving the country without firm targets on curbing GHG emissions.

In a letter to The Guardian, the Aldersgate Group, representing more than 30 of the UK’s green and low-carbon companies, forecast that the low-carbon economy would rocket from two percent of the UK’s GDP today to 13 percent in the next three decades, if given proper support by the government.

The business...

5 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability has become a mainstream issue in both global political and business arenas. From the point of view of investors, the key driver for considering sustainability issues is to reduce risk. According to PwC research, three in four investors now place this as a priority.

In line with its long-standing commitment to sustainability, City Developments Limited (CDL) has announced new ESG initiatives and goals to future-proof its business. These are encapsulated in its Integrated Sustainability Report 2017, CDL Future Value 2030.

The report outlines some of the major ESG accomplishments of CDL,...

5 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Employees are the most valuable resource of a company. Companies that focus on improving employee engagement typically enjoy lower staff turnover, better productivity, higher customer retention and increased profitability. Most importantly, engaged employees work with a purpose and help the business achieve greater impact.

According to Dr. Sue Mitchell, author of The Authority Guide to Engaging your People, putting employee engagement at the core of the business can actually attract and retain even more customers, raise customer satisfaction, and deliver even higher company performance.

Dr. Mitchell...