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 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies around the world contribute billions of dollars to community projects but, in many cases, do little to assess how this affects the communities supported or benefits the business. Research published by Corporate Citizenship revealed that many companies invest in communities without setting out what they want to achieve, and without measuring the difference their contributions make.

The LBG framework provides a global standard for measuring corporate community investment. It helps businesses overcome measurement barriers by enabling them to consistently manage, measure, and benchmark their community...


4 months 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The best approach in the sustainable investing market is to leverage an investment firm’s strengths and focus on its unique value proposition in designing the products they bring to market. To maximize opportunities and develop credible investment products, firms may also need to invest more resources in growing their sustainable investing business. 

A new survey published by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Bloomberg, The New Sustainable Signals: The Asset Manager Perspective, examines the practices and perspectives of asset managers on sustainable investing and offers insights and...


4 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Hundreds of thousands of refugees currently face the challenge of finding basic necessities such as food, shelter and medical care. Humanitarian organizations struggle to deliver up-to-date information to refugees and local aid groups because of the lack of an efficient information system and an updatable database.

To meet this challenge, a Canadian tech startup PeaceGeeks, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has come up with an innovative web app that aims to bring all such information together in one place to make it easier for refugees to find what they need.

The...


4 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – By 2020, half of the employees in the US will be from among the Millennials. But it is not going to be business as usual because Millennials are ready to change the face of employee engagement. They are seeking greater purpose and involvement in the company’s CSR commitments and are determined to make an impact.

A newly-released 2016 Cone Communications Millennial Employee Engagement Study provides insights into the expectations, attitudes and motivations of Millennials in the workforce. The research reveals that more than any other generation, Millennials are eager to contribute directly to their employers...


4 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Farming accounts for around 70 percent of water used in the world today, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Increased pressure from urbanization, industrialization and climate change will provide agriculture with more competition for water resources. Sustainable management of water in agriculture is critical to increase agricultural production, ensure water can be shared with other users, and maintain the environmental and social benefits of water systems.

Ceres and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have launched an initiative called the AgWater Challenge to encourage...


4 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The last goal in the list of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 refers to creating "Partnerships for Sustainable Development." This 17th goal is meant to help in the achievement of the other 16 goals. Therefore, a company committed to aligning its business strategy with the SDGs must recognize the value of this critical 17th goal. 

Some multinational companies are already leveraging the power of global partnerships to help promote a sustainable planet while improving their bottom-line. These companies are creating a strong impact and tapping into global growth opportunities at a...


4 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – With the decline in global oil prices, the demand for recycled plastic has also come down. Local trash pickers in many parts of the world now find it less lucrative to collect empty bottles. In the absence of a municipal recycling system, Haiti is experiencing this challenge with plastic bottles, bags and other litter, which slowly float toward the ocean.

Some of the global companies are now engaging directly to stimulate new demand for recycling in Haiti. HP, which uses recycled plastic for new printer cartridges, has announced that it will start purchasing some of that plastic from Haiti. Timberland will use...


4 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A recent report by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said that a record number of people were displaced from their homes in 2015 due to wars and persecution. The report found that one in every 113 people globally is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee – putting them at a level of risk for which UNHCR knows no precedent. A total of 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just 12 months earlier.

Earlier this year, the US government launched a call to action asking private sector companies to help with the global refugee crisis. More than 50 companies have...


4 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Food waste carries an environmental cost, with a large amount of water, energy, fertilizer and other resources used to grow crops. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council and ReFED, 40 percent of food in the US, $162 billion worth every year, is never eaten. Producing, processing and transporting uneaten food accounts for 25 percent of America’s water use and four percent of its oil consumption.

In addition to the resources used to grow it, uneaten food generates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, when it rots in landfills. For these reasons, fighting food waste has been moving up environmentalists’...


4 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – There is a growing recognition that thinking about sustainability is consistent with a fundamental understanding of financial risk and rewards. A Morgan Stanley study that looked at the performance of 10,228 mutual funds over seven years found that 64 percent of the time, sustainable strategies matched or outperformed traditional funds in terms of returns. What’s more, the sustainable strategies had equal or lower volatility most of the time.

Sustainable investing appears to be set to receive a boost from Millennials, who have increasingly shown to be far more committed to sustainability than other generations. In a...


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