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 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In a world where concerns over climate change, pollution and issues of sustainability are ever more pressing, socially responsible investing has become an important consideration for a growing number of individuals and institutions. Investors increasingly look for financial returns while helping to achieve a positive impact on the world around them.

The first report in Barclays Impact Series has been released, which shows the positive effect that environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing can have on bond portfolio performance. Barclays Quantitative Portfolio Strategy Research team investigated the...

5 months 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global investment funds are increasingly focusing on socially responsible investing (SRI). According to the Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment, the assets of US investment funds incorporating ESG criteria quadrupled to $4.3 trillion between 2012 and 2014. Client demand is the key driver behind this growing positive trend.

OppenheimerFunds has now launched Oppenheimer ESG Revenue Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF), which focuses on US large-cap equities with highly rated environmental, social and government (ESG) practices, and Oppenheimer Global ESG Revenue ETF, which focuses on global large- and mid-cap...

5 months 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Recognizing a company for its efforts and achievements in corporate citizenship helps to establish how it is being perceived relative to other companies. Awards and recognition programs are a way to put the spotlight on corporate best practices and inspire others to compete. Recognition also raises awareness about pressing global issues that need attention from the business community.

Since 2000, the Corporate Citizenship Awards have showcased how businesses make the world a better place. Every day, businesses serve as a powerful force for good in communities across the world. They solve today’s greatest challenges...

5 months 5 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...

5 months 1 week 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...

5 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.


5 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...

5 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...

5 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...

5 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...