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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15 hours 23 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide not only a vision for the world, but from a business perspective, they are also a roadmap to shareholder value. SDG engagement is therefore part of all of future business models in one way or another. Policy-makers need to support them and create an enabling environment where they can incorporate global sustainability goals locally.

It is against this background that CSR Europe has partnered with Frost & Sullivan and GlobeScan to explore how European companies can grasp business growth opportunities arising from the SDGs. The study emphasizes that while progress...

2 days 13 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Impact investing now accounts for about $150 billion of assets under management and is doubling approximately every two years. This increased scale has moved impact investing beyond a niche practice confined to the activities of foundations and philanthropists, to a broader range of asset classes and a wider group of investors than ever before.

WHEB Asset Management has now reported the positive social and environmental impacts of the FP WHEB Sustainability Fund in conjunction with financial return. The report details how all the fund’s investments directly support the attainment of seven of the UN’s Sustainable...

3 days 1 hour ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The COP21 Agreement in Paris and the conclusions of the COP22 in Marrakesh clearly indicated the degree of awareness reached in relation to the average global temperature increase. The global business community is now increasingly inclined to develop less carbon intensive business development strategies in order to support the fight against climate change.

Leonardo, formerly known as Finmeccanica, is leading from the front by committing to a responsible business conduct in aerospace, defense and security. Leonardo’s recently released Sustainability and Innovation Report 2016 shows the progress of the...

6 days 2 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – People around the world now recognize that climate change poses an imminent threat to the prosperity of future generations. With the passage of time, it has become clear that the solutions must be business-driven. Several large companies are now stepping up and making it their mission to lead this fight from the front.

Companies Vs Climate Change (CvCC) is holding a global B2B climate solutions conference from Nov 29 to Dec 1 in Miami. The conference will focus on how companies can address climate change and how they can collaborate and share best practices in order...

1 week 14 hours 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...

1 week 1 day 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...

1 week 2 days 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...

1 week 3 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?”...

2 weeks 2 days 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...

2 weeks 3 days 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...