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 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The digital revolution has increased our ability to learn and communicate about corporate responsibility, resulting in companies being held to account by greater number of stakeholders than ever before. Many companies now want to proactively manage their impacts, but corporate citizenship managers are still faced with challenges and resistance at every step.

To address these challenges, a new book 21st Century Corporate Citizenship, by Dave Stangis and Katherine Valvoda Smith, provides a practical...


5 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A growing number of companies now publicly share and prioritize their ESG actions and performance. Yet, this information is often not reported in a codified way. Of the Fortune 1000, only an estimated 27 percent provide a CSR report. The percentage of smaller companies reporting their CSR behavior is even lower.

In absence of a consistent CSR rating system, it can be difficult to objectively compare CSR performance of companies. The CSR field is currently riddled with competing standards, methodologies, certification systems, and philosophies. This has created an environment that both those who generate data and...


5 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Talent-led businesses in the new digital economy can compete by putting people first. Putting people first in the true sense involves going beyond prevailing industry workplace best practices and creating next-generation practices in learning and development, inclusion and diversity, and the overall employee experience.

Accenture is helping create a more inclusive and sustainable world by putting people first, as highlighted in its recently published 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report “Making a Difference.” Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO, said that the company’s global capabilities help drive...


5 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate sustainability is the way forward for any company that wants to create competitive advantage. In the European business community, there is a growing belief that sustainability is becoming a core component of mainstream business. Many European companies are now looking at how their business can deliver purpose and quantifiable social impacts.

The Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Trends 2017 report examines the top global trends and issues for business in 2017. The report features insights from nearly 2,500 global business executives, and analyzes issues such as the evolution of the...


5 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The market share of sustainable investing has grown across almost all regions of the world since 2014. Globally, there are now $22.89 trillion of assets being professionally managed under responsible investment strategies, representing an increase of 25 percent over two years. Clearly, sustainable investing now constitutes a major force across global financial markets.

This encouraging global investment trend is the focus of the newly published biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review 2016 by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA). The report brings together the results from regional market...


5 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – From restaurants to retailers and from manufacturers to hospitals, Americans working in entry-level positions contribute to economic growth for companies and society. However, most companies focus all their energies on retaining senior executives, while they accept high entry-level employee turnover as the cost of doing business.

The mission-driven consulting firm FSG has now published a research report, Investing in Entry-Level Talent: Retention Strategies that Work, which highlights the importance of retaining entry-level talent and suggests four key strategies practiced by companies with proven success in...


6 months 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the last few decades, the US has been making a gradual transition to a more sustainable and energy efficient economy. New business models to support renewable energy and sustainability have emerged, which are also helping create thousands of sustainability jobs across the nation.

A recent report by Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps, “Now Hiring: The Growth of America’s Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs,” highlights the rapid growth of the renewable energy sector and its role in job creation. According to the report, in 2015, renewable energy jobs in the US reached 769,000, the result of a...


6 months 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nuclear power is among the energy sources and technologies available today that could help meet the energy-climate challenge. GHG emissions from nuclear power plants are negligible, and nuclear power, together with hydropower and wind-based electricity, is among the lowest GHG emitters when emissions over the entire life cycle are considered.

Following the COP21 Paris Summit in 2015, many countries are now re-evaluating their energy mixes and the potential role of nuclear energy. Newcomer states, or countries that are introducing nuclear power for the first time, are seeking the assistance of the International Atomic...


6 months 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – When a natural disaster strikes a developing country like Haiti, first responders address the population’s immediate needs for potable water, food, medical supplies and temporary shelter. However, the long-term challenge is to rebuild homes and basic infrastructure, such as hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Build Health International (BHI), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit has taken up the challenge to make more of Haiti’s healthcare facilities affordable, sustainable and resilient to natural catastrophes. BHI has been focusing on this mission since 2010, when the public health system was destroyed in a major...


6 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) involves large amounts of finance. While there are adequate funds available globally, only a small part of the international investments are currently targeted towards meeting these goals. The challenge lies in putting the money in the right direction to achieve the sustainability agenda.

To address this challenge, about 20 leading global banks and investors, totaling $6.6 trillion in assets, have launched a UN-backed global framework aimed at channeling the funds they manage towards clean, low carbon and inclusive projects.

The standards called “...


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