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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6 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals have provided a clear roadmap for a just and sustainable world. These profound developments are causing positive business disruption, and compelling companies to closely evaluate changing consumer expectations, investor demands, and competitor behavior.  

To address this moment of global change, BSR has announced its 25th anniversary conference “How Business Leads.” The BSR Conference is one of the most important annual gatherings involving nearly 1,000 sustainable business experts from Fortune 500 companies, as well as leading...

6 months 4 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world population is expected to touch 8.5 billion in 2030, posing new challenges and opportunities for global sustainable development. It is also the target year for major international commitments, including the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Singapore-listed global real estate giant City Developments Limited (CDL) has released its Integrated Sustainability Report 2017, CDL Future Value 2030, which sets clear directions and long-term ESG goals to align with this global sustainability agenda.

In April 2017, CDL launched its inaugural green bond – the first by a...

7 months 3 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the UN estimates, 25 percent of the world’s land is highly degraded by now, and over 50 percent of all wetlands have been lost. However, it is possible to reverse this damage by reclaiming mines, re-building beaches, restoring rivers and re-planting forests. Soil restoration alone can help to eliminate 3.5 to 11 billion tons of carbon emissions annually by increasing carbon storage capacity.

Driven by nearly a century of commitment to creating a better world, Caterpillar has now published its latest Sustainability Report, “Building Better,” which highlights the company’s focus on building...

7 months 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the number of corporations that disclose sustainability-related information. More recently, investors have become interested in corporate sustainability performance. Today, more than $62 trillion of worldwide wealth is managed by firms that have committed to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI).

Tracking these global corporate sustainability trends, CSRHub has now released its second e-Book in the new series, How to Improve Your CSR Score, sponsored by Triple Pundit. “Ratings and Frameworks: Where is the Puck Going?”...

7 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In recent years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of disruptive businesses that connect supply and demand on a digital platform. Going beyond digital, another strong trend is artificial intelligence, which promises to be a major disrupter of the future.

According to Steef Bergakker, trend analyst at Robeco, new companies with innovative products are appearing and developing a global presence almost overnight. In the current environment, it is easy to forget that global behemoths such as Facebook, Spotify, Airbnb, Uber, Snapchat and Alibaba were founded no more than a decade ago.

Disruption in...

7 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – There is a growing trend among businesses to move towards the circular economy, which is increasingly considered as a viable approach to achieving global sustainability. The British Standards Institution will soon publish BS8001, the world’s first set of standards for the circular economy which aim to help companies measure and realize value from circular principles.

To address the question of how much actual progress companies are making on the circular economy agenda, Ethical Corporation has published a Circular Economy management briefing. The briefing takes a detailed look at some of the companies that are...

7 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Financial literacy aims to boost an average citizen’s ability to manage personal finances more efficiently. It includes the knowledge to make the best possible decisions related to budgeting, investing, tax planning, retirement, paying for college, insurance and real estate.

Ally Financial’s Do It Right, A Community for Your Financial Well-Being has provided some useful tips on improving financial literacy through its blog “How to Get a Financial Education – On Your Terms.” The blog says that a...

7 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Ten years ago, Business in the Community (BITC) hosted the Mayday Network launched by the Prince of Wales with an aim to address the global climate change challenge. Significant progress has been made in the ensuing 10 years with leading companies integrating environmental sustainability into business strategy.

BITC has now produced a report, Smart Growth: Achieving the 2°C economy, which maps the journey of its member companies on the path of global sustainability over the last 10 years. The report highlights where the best businesses are on this journey right now, and identifies the key challenges and...

7 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global companies are redefining competitiveness by embedding corporate sustainability into business strategy. Investors, consumers and other stakeholders are increasingly committing themselves to value creation with a societal purpose. In this new era of growing corporate citizenship, large companies have an opportunity to transform the way we live and work.

Sappi North America is leading from the front with a sustainability goals program and a 2020Vision to pursue responsible strategies and monitor progress. The company has now published its 2016 Sustainability Report, which showcases its industry leading...

7 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2016, the number of Fortune 500 companies committing to 100 percent renewable power grew to 87. For the first time in history, natural gas surpassed coal as the leading source of power in the US, and solar became the cheapest source of new power in many parts of the world.

As the energy industry continues to evolve towards a sustainable future, NRG is leading from the front to provide reliable, affordable and cleaner power, while creating value for all stakeholders. NRG has now published its 2016 Sustainability report that highlights a number of firsts for the company in the US power industry.

According to...