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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23 hours 8 min 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...

4 days 42 min 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...

4 days 7 hours 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...

5 days 10 hours 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 days 1 hour 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...

1 week 5 days 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...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Following decades of recession and slow growth, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe introduced a revitalization plan in 2012 – dubbed Abenomics – to address the key barriers of economic growth. One of the initiatives impacting corporations and capital markets was the establishment of Japan’s Stewardship Code and Corporate Governance Code. Implementation of these codes has led to greater attention among Japanese companies and investors on sustainable corporate earning capabilities.

To highlight the trends in corporate governance, human capital and innovation for Japanese companies, MSCI ESG Research has released a...

2 weeks 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Since its beginnings, Canary Wharf Group has been about innovation and regeneration. The group has a vision to inspire positive impact by developing and sustaining places where high-quality architecture and community placemaking principles combine with dedicated customer service, safety and security. ‘Making Sustainability Real’ is at the heart of everything the group does, according to Chairman and CEO, Sir George Iacobescu.

Canary Wharf Group’s latest Sustainability Report gives a snapshot of its activity and commitments in four key areas: Making Great Places; Pioneering Innovation; Promoting Inclusive...

3 weeks 11 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Historically, human civilization has experienced some of its most creative periods when people of diverse backgrounds have worked together. In recent decades, research has revealed that diversity and inclusion boostinnovation and organizational performance. Employees from varied backgrounds bring unique ideas, solutions and perspectives to the workplace that result in new products, challenge to the status quo, and new collaboration.

To identify the world’s most diverse and inclusive companies, Thomson Reuters has now launched a new, first-of-its-kind Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Index. The index measures...

3 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – To have a government ‘by the people,’ citizens must exercise their right to vote and choose their leaders through free and fair elections. Voting is a right as well as a responsibility of US citizens. It is their right to have a say in how they are governed and their responsibility to get to know the candidates and to understand the issues in order to cast an informed vote.

As the US Presidential Election Day draws near, many companies are making efforts to encourage their consumers to go out to vote. USA Today Network has launched the "Voting Because” effort, empowering Americans to share why their vote counts. A...