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 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Barely a decade ago, technology in the workplace would typically imply the introduction of new hardware and gadgets for the employees that might help improve their operational efficiency. However, technology is now deployable in ways that can help advance employee skills, improve relationships, and help people become more engaged.

According to Oracle’s 2016 Employee Engagement Survey, 44 percent of the respondents said their companies use the latest technology to help them do their jobs. The Oracle survey questioned 4,700 employees across 20 markets in five regions worldwide.

Gretchen Alarcon, vice president...

4 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Investors have recognized over the years that the traditional Silicon Valley model of VC investing is not likely to work for cleantech. Therefore, a variety of new models have been introduced, including Cyclotron Road, which is collaborating closely with university labs; the energy research shop of Otherlab; regionally focused groups like the Energy Excelerator; and industry-focused projects such as Powerhouse.

Bill Gates has been working on a plan, first unveiled about a year ago, to bring together a group of billionaires to fund breakthroughs in energy technology that can fight climate change. The group, which has...

4 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Increased participation of women in top management positions should not be seen as an exercise in public image and reputation building. Research has consistently shown that having more women in senior positions and board of directors has a positive impact on a company’s financial performance and improves market returns for the investors.

MSCI has now published its 2016 Women on Board Report called The Tipping Point: Women on Boards and Financial Performance, which further reinforces the belief in the financial advantages gained by gender-diverse companies.

MSCI analyzed US companies over a five-year...

4 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Employee engagement is the psychological engine that drives corporate performance. While employee engagement worldwide is on a decline, some companies are managing to beat the trend. These companies typically have a sustainable business model that places environmental and societal considerations front and center along with growth and profits.

Unilever with a workforce of 170,000-plus has an unusually high employee engagement score of about 80 percent. The company has defined its purpose simply to make “sustainable living commonplace.” It has implemented this purpose via the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan as well...

4 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to Damian Ryan, Acting CEO of The Climate Group, the world is witnessing greater corporate action on climate than ever before due to the initiative of the world’s most influential companies. Using cleaner energy in efficient ways brings cost savings, lowers emissions, and improves corporate reputations.

On Energy Day at COP22 in Marrakech, leading companies Dalmia Cement, Swiss Re and Helvetia made new and bold energy commitments for their global operations that will help to cut costs, lower emissions, and drive zero-emissions economies.

India’s Dalmia Cement, one of the greenest cement companies in...

4 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A growing number of investment funds are profitably deploying private capital as a tool for effective change. The value proposition of this strategy is that investors are increasingly interested in looking at investment options that integrate sustainability.

The Oasis Fund, managed by Bamboo Capital Partners, is one such investment fund that recognizes the competitive advantage that this strategy delivers. Now the Oasis Fund has been named a Best for the World Fund by B the Change Media, for raising the bar in impact investing. The fund has demonstrated leadership in the quest to achieve credibility for...

4 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable work spaces have gained prominence in recent years not just because they are more energy efficient, but also because sustainable buildings arguably correlate to a more productive work environment. Large companies increasingly recognize that introducing green innovation into office spaces can prove to be more profitable in the long run.

In its newly opened building in central London, the Swiss banking giant UBS is looking to change the way employees view their relationship with their work spaces. Many of its employees at the building will no longer be tied to the same desk every day with a telephone and...

4 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – For decades, a class of chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, were used widely in air-conditioners and refrigerators, as well as in aerosol sprays and cleaning products. However, CFCs deplete the ozone layer, and the Montreal Protocol agreement in 1987 led to a phase out of these chemicals. CFCs were replaced with hydroflurocarbons or HFCs, but now chemical companies are taking the lead to phase out HFCs as well to further address environmental concerns.

To be at the forefront of the fight against climate change, chemical companies, including Honeywell and Chemours, a DuPont spinoff, have now reached a...

4 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Increased transparency in a connected world and growing stakeholder interest in creating sustainable businesses is leading more companies to make environmental and social goals integral to their business strategy.

In the backdrop of this changing business landscape, Andy Last, the co-founder of salt Communications, one of the first B-Corporations in the UK, has authored a well-timed book called Business on a Mission: How to Build a Sustainable Brand. The book is about to be published by Greenleaf Publishing.

Business on a Mission offers a practical guide for businesses to succeed by tackling social...

4 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2007, the term “impact investing” was coined at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, putting a name to investments made with the intention of generating both financial return and social and/or environmental impact. Among High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs), impact investing delivers the satisfaction of wealth creation while making a difference to the society.

According to a recent survey by Lombard Odier, Asia-based HNWIs and UHNWIs want to increase their funds allocation to impact investing. The survey, which polled over a hundred HNWI and UHNWI clients of...