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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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global progress on climate change and sustainability over the last two decades has been uneven, leading to an increasing level of urgency to find more effective solutions. As the date of the UN climate change conference in Paris approaches, the global community faces another seminal year, giving rise to hopes that the December summit will lead to more decisive action.

A recent GlobeScan/SustainAbility survey that included input from leading sustainable development experts and practitioners from the corporate, government, nonprofit, institutional and service sectors across 82 countries shed new light on issues related to...

1 week 14 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Technology companies have immense power either to push forward a renewable energy revolution, or to tie down the digital economy to traditional, polluting sources of power. The stakes in greening the Internet are high. If the Internet were a nation, its electricity demand would currently rank sixth.

Greenpeace recently released a report titled Clicking Clean: A Guide to Building the Green Internet, which identified technology companies that are leading the efforts to build a renewably powered Internet. The report said that Internet companies must work together to push electric utilities and policymakers to provide them with 100 percent renewable energy....

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A 2013 Nielson Global Survey on CSR showed that fifty percent of global consumers are willing to pay more for products and services of companies that have implemented programs to give back to society. The survey, which polled over 29,000 respondents in 58 countries, revealed that the percentage of such consumers increased among both men and women and across all age groups.

At Unilever’s recent review of progress in its ambitious and wide-ranging Sustainable Living Plan, the company revealed that the plan is making a growing and positive impact on its business in terms of growth, cost efficiency and resilience for the future. Several global brands of Unilever that...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A 2011 study by Forbes identified workforce diversity and inclusion as a key driver of internal innovation and business growth. A gender diversity report by McKinsey suggested that the companies where women are most strongly represented at board or top management levels are also the companies that perform best.

DiversityInc recently released its annual ranking of the 50 most diverse global corporations. The top 10 names on the list include Novartis, Kaiser Permanente, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Sodexo, MasterCard, AT&T, Prudential, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble. These companies promote diversity and inclusion across the...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the last two decades, corporate sustainability has grown from being just a small idea to a dominant global theme. Leading multinational corporations are increasingly faced with the challenge to meet the stakeholders’ expectations on sustainability, while still achieving robust shareholder returns.

The NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index is an equally weighted equity index that serves as a benchmark for stocks traded on a major U.S. stock exchange, which are leading from the front in sustainability performance reporting. These companies make voluntary disclosures about their current ESG risks as well as their revenue...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nine out 10 products manufactured today have some level of chemistry involved in them. Chemical companies hold the potential to make a very significant impact in the global efforts to combat climate change. Some of the world’s top chemical companies are leading from the front to address the challenges of climate change.

Recently, corporate leaders from 43 major companies – representing $1.2 trillion in sales – signed an open letter urging world leaders to pursue definitive solutions to climate change issues. The signatories included global chemical companies such as Dow Chemical, AkzoNobel and Sinar Mas.

Dow Chemical recently published its 2025 Sustainability...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The future of the U.S. dairy industry depends on reducing its environmental impact. Climate change increases the risk of drought, floods and farm diseases, which pose a threat to dairy. Dairy farmers are employing innovative techniques and technology to achieve sustainability. Farms are now equipped with systems for nutrient management, water efficiency and waste reduction.

The fourth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards program held recently in Washington, D.C., showcased the efforts of the dairy industry to implement sustainable business practices. The program was developed by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to recognize exemplary dairy farms, businesses...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Impact investing represents a growing segment where the investors back businesses that combine both financial and social returns. The number of investment funds that incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors has gone up from just 55 in 1995 to 925 in 2014, registering a growth of 1,600 percent. The total value of assets invested in such funds has also increased from $12 billion in 1995 to $4.3 trillion in 2014.

Some of the leading Wall Street investment firms are promoting the benefits that sustainable impact investing has in their investment platforms. Morgan Stanley says that they will expand the investing with Impact Platform through new...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Businesses are typically the largest direct consumers of natural capital, which is the financial value provided by natural resources and ecosystems. As key stakeholders and consumers, it becomes a critical responsibility of businesses to support the growth and preservation of natural capital in economic, social and environmental terms.

TD Bank Group of Canada has emerged as a leader in corporate responsibility, showingan exemplary commitment to promoting sustainability on various fronts. The bank’s recently published 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report, “How We are Building The Better Bank,” outlines the...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Businesses that demonstrate a strong community commitment typically enjoy a high reputation that distinguishes them from competitors and helps improve customer loyalty. Within the organization, a culture of community engagement fosters a sense of purpose, boosting employee motivation, and increasing the company’s ability to attract and retain talent.                             

For the financial institutions in the U.S., serving consumers’ personal and community needs became even more important in the aftermath of the 2008 financial downturn in order to rebuild public trust. However, long before the financial crisis, KeyBank recognized the...