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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2 days 10 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – CEOs have the ultimate responsibility to lead, inform and manage the implementation of their company’s strategic goals and business plans. To make a transition to a more sustainable world, CEOs must play a crucial role by integrating ESG factors into corporate decision-making, and commit to structure their governance processes and business practices in line with a vision to improve global sustainability.

To provide insights into decision-making in the C-Suite, the Network for Business Sustainability South Africa (NBS-SA) has released a comprehensive report titled CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability. The report offers an in-depth examination of the key...

5 days 9 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Agricultural robots are a part of precision agriculture, which hold the promise to improve sustainable farming practices. From sensors to drones to satellite imagery to better software management for people and equipment, advancements in precision agriculture are enabling growers to use less pesticide, less water, produce less waste, and improve the environmental sustainability of agriculture.

According to a recent report by Lux Research titled Planting the Seeds of a Robot Revolution: How Autonomous Systems are Integrating into Precision Agriculture, robots are making their way into agriculture, potentially altering the farming landscape across the world. Lux...

6 days 21 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable investing is emerging as an important trend around the world. A growing number of investors now believe that a company’s sustainability performance is materially important to their investment decision-making. For investors, a company’s effective management of its ESG risks and opportunities can be an indicator that the company is a serious long-term player with a potential competitive advantage over others. 

A recent survey conducted by the MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group has shown that as many as 90 percent of all professional investors agree at least partially that a company’s sustainability performance is vital to investors when...

1 week 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Americans generate about 260 million tons of trash every year. Packaging materials alone account for about 40 percent of that waste. Clearly, for businesses to become more sustainable and reduce their environmental footprint, it is important to focus on packaging, shipping and logistics. Here are some solutions that address the issue.

Optimize the Size of Packages

The average package contains about 40 percent wasted space, which increases the ecological impact. Larger-than-required packages result in the manufacturing of needless packaging materials, including filler materials. Many of these fillers cannot be recycled or reused. Furthermore, larger...

1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – At the 2015 Paris climate change summit, over 190 countries made a commitment to invest in renewable energy, reduce GHG emissions and increase resilience to climate impacts. Several donors pledged financial support to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and multilateral development banks (MDBs) committed to significantly increasing their share of climate financing.

According to the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the public and private sectors now need to unlock financing to pave way for a low-carbon future. Yvo de Boer, director-general of the Institute, says that to build renewable energy capacities in developing...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate disclosure is a vital component of sustainability, which has emerged as a critical success factor in recent years. With implications ranging from a company’s bottom line to global climate change, corporate transparency has become increasingly important for various stakeholders, including consumers, employees and investors.

Transparency International (TI) has just released a new report that reveals that leading companies in the world’s emerging market urgently need to shift focus on transparency in order to improve sustainability. The report titled Transparency in Corporate Reporting: Assessing Emerging...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Airports have traditionally been viewed as a prime source of anti-environmental activity. Whether it is the high amount of air pollution from the airplanes, the high energy consumption levels within the airport, or the noise pollution that is generated as a plane takes off or lands, the airport systems have been low on sustainability in almost every major area.

Now some visionary architects are working towards the idea of building more sustainable, eco-friendly airport systems that can contribute to a better, more environment-friendly world. The architects of the U.K.’s two central airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, have come up with revolutionary plans to transform the...

2 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Earth observation satellites can transform the way countries can assess, monitor and plan the use of their natural resources, including monitoring deforestation and desertification. However, many countries still rely on time-consuming and error-prone manual methods. There is an opportunity to allow these countries to improve operations with cost-effective solutions.

Looking at this opportunity, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Google Maps have entered into a three-year partnership to work together and make remote sensing and mapping products more accessible. The move aims to provide technology to assist countries tackling climate...

3 weeks 10 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The corporate responsibility to invest in health can extend much beyond the workplace. Quality of health has a direct relationship with the local communities where people live, work, play, and learn. Some researchers have also found a connection between the health of a company’s employees and the health of the community where it operates its business. 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) is continuing to invest locally, focusing on community health programs and tackling challenges such as chronic disease and access to primary care. In 2015, BCBS companies across the country donated nearly $350 million to community...

3 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate sustainability reporting has become a mainstream business activity in recent years. The UN Global Compact figures show that about 12,000 organizations now report their impact. While annual sustainability reporting is a time-consuming exercise, it serves as a key communication with various stakeholders who are increasingly interested to learn about a company’s sustainability efforts and on-ground impact.

Arby’s has now released its inaugural CSR report titled PurposeFULL, which offers important insights into the restaurant chain’s efforts in four major areas – YouthFULL, SkillFULL, ResourceFULL, and FlavorFULL...