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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5 months 3 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...

5 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’...

5 months 4 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...

6 months 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Helping to create a healthier relationship between people and food includes protecting the environment and finding sustainable ways to produce more food. As the world’s population grows, the demand for water and energy is also on the rise and the planet’s resources are under increasing stress. In this situation, companies cannot afford to follow business as usual, and must align their corporate strategy with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In keeping with its long-term commitment to do business in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the planet, PepsiCo has announced an ambitious global...

6 months 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Effectively communicating an organization’s ESG impacts is vital in today’s business world. According to research published in MIT Sloan Management Review, three in four senior executives in investment firms agree that a company’s good sustainability performance is materially important when making investment decisions.

Looking into the need to create a common global language for disclosing non-financial information, GRI has now launched the world’s first global standards for sustainability reporting. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards will enable companies to be more transparent about their impacts on the...

6 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Small businesses play a critical role in creating inclusive economic growth, but too few women, diverse, and veteran entrepreneurs are getting the tools and resources they need to grow. With small businesses growing fastest among people of color, particularly Latinas and African American women, it is essential to help them get started and growing. When small businesses succeed, communities and neighborhoods succeed.

Recognizing the potential of small businesses, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has decided to double the size of its global Small Business Forward program, by committing $75 million over the next three...

6 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Hurricane Matthew, a devastating Category 4 hurricane, has led to more than 800 deaths in Haiti and thousands have been left homeless. Aid organizations, foundations, and companies are coming together to support the relief efforts on the island.

Dozens of Silicon Valley leaders and companies have joined forces to support the Silicon Valley Disaster Relief for Haiti initiative. As Hurricane Matthew made landfall, Keith Krach, Chairman and CEO of DocuSign, was inspired to organize fellow Silicon Valley leaders to the relief cause. Krach reached out to New Story, a nonprofit based in San Francisco with a proven track...

6 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Recruiters need to gear up to the needs of today’s connected generation, which Google calls as Generation “C”. With significant differences in attitudes between the generations when it comes to career motivation and work/life balance, recruitment agencies need to consider whether they are delivering what the candidates of today really need.

Research undertaken on behalf of Bond International Software set out to discover the current state of the recruitment market from the candidates’ perspective. One thousand UK workers responded to an in-depth survey, and the results are informative and quite revealing. The market...

6 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to Accenture, over the next few decades, millennials are going to be the recipients of as much as $30 trillion in assets in the US alone, which are expected to pass to them from the baby boomer generation. With so much wealth heading their way, this digital-savvy Generation Y is the focus of new efforts to encourage them to save and invest responsibly.

Millennials are less interested in traditional forms of investment, and are more likely to want to invest in companies and products that have a smaller environmental footprint or have robust ethical policies on employee diversity and fair wages. Matt...

6 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the last 10 years, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide has jumped by nearly one-third to 65.3 million in 2015. As the crisis continues to escalate, governments, coalitions and nonprofits around the world are working toward solutions. In recent times, more companies have stepped in to offer critically needed products, services and assistance.

Google recently partnered with the Clooney Foundation for Justice, providing a $1 million grant to support education for refugee children in Lebanon. The grant will help expand the foundation's efforts to develop a new school model, using digital tools, for up...