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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16 hours 19 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Expansion of the global clean energy sector is the single most influential factor in the fight against climate change. Around the world, now over eight million people are employed in the clean energy industry. In the U.S., more people now work in the solar industry than in oil and gas extraction.

According to the recent REN21 global status report, rise in new wind, solar and hydro-electric plants and capacity has shattered world records. The money spent on renewables in 2015 was more than twice of that on coal and gas-fired power generation. About 147 GW of renewable power was added in 2015, representing the biggest annual increase ever and equivalent to Africa’s...

1 day 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – To most people’s surprise, Africa is now the second-fastest growing economy, after Asia. One of the key reasons behind this growth is an increased focus on social innovations and social engineering to improve the quality of life in the continent. Social innovations are adding that extra dimension to help maintain the pace of development, delivering the social capital that is necessary for sustainable economic growth.

GE is making its contribution to this encouraging African growth story by establishing the continent’s first Innovation Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. An outcome of GE’s $50 million commitment to...

5 days 10 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Many companies find it difficult to operationalize sustainability goals, even when they truly care for the environment and the communities, and are committed to making an impact. One of the reasons is that not enough companies have yet figured out how to link their employees’ values and support for sustainability with the employees’ daily work and the company’s operations.

Companies such as Unilever, IBM, Marks & Spencer, Nestlé and BASF are leading the way by integrating sustainability into every employee’s job and turning a sustainable business model into business as usual. For instance, Unilever’s factory-floor workers at...

6 days 7 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The last goal in the list of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 refers to creating “Partnerships for Sustainable Development.” This 17th goal is meant to help in the achievement of the other 16 goals. Therefore, for a company committed to aligning its business strategy with the SDGs must recognize the value of this most essential 17th goal.

Unilever, a company that has been driving business growth through its well-known ‘sustainable living brands’ strategy, was among the early ones to leverage the power of collaboration and partnerships to improve its sustainability. Unilever’s CEO...

6 days 17 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Library and information services contribute to sustainable development by helping to ensure free access to information. Library services bridge the digital divide by helping people improve educational and social skills, which are critical for active participation in a democratic society and the preservation of universal civil rights.

Now national libraries are taking up the role of a catalyst to promote the adoption of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Some of the libraries highlighted their efforts during a recent presentation at the International Federation of Library Associations...

1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The traditional notion that profit and social impact do not go hand in hand is now nothing more than a fossilized relic of the past. A growing number of companies are now taking on society’s biggest problems – and making money doing so. Creating social impact is no longer a reputation-building exercise for these companies, but a part of their core business strategy.

Fortune has released a Change the World list that recognizes 50 leading companies that are bringing social transformation through activities that are intrinsic to their business strategy. The list, which includes global companies with annual...

1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Effective corporate reporting on sustainability issues can help a company to improve brand loyalty and reputation, motivate employees, enable investors to appreciate the company’s real worth, including both tangible and intangible assets, and demonstrate the company’s commitment to the path of global sustainable development.

Companies looking for more impactful ways to report on their sustainability initiatives to consumers, investors, employees, and other stakeholders to drive business value will find practical advice in Ethical Corporation’s annual review of CR reporting and sustainability communications. The review includes case studies from several major firms...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The building and construction industry has traditionally had a large environmental footprint. From reducing the energy consumed by buildings and minimizing construction waste, to ensuring that timber, cement, steel and glass sourcing does not lead to natural resource depletion, the environmental challenges surrounding the global real estate industry are many.

It may therefore come as a surprise that one of the 10 most sustainable companies in the world – according to the 2016 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, an annual ranking by Corporate Knights – is Singapore’s property developer City...

2 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – E-government refers to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve effectiveness of the government and public sector organizations. Three primary domains of e-government include e-administration to improve government processes, e-citizens to connect with the people, and e-society to build external interactions.

A new United Nations report has brought e-government into focus by calling it an effective tool to help support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report 2016 UN E-Government Survey,...

2 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – As urban populations grow and become more densely packed, major cities around the world struggle to manage packaging waste. Reducing packaging waste is a part of a broader environmental challenge that cities face as they become increasingly crowded.

Singapore is a prime example of an urban city-state that is faced with the need to negotiate the logistics of transporting growing mountains of waste, emptying bins multiple times a day, and finding enough cleaners among an affluent, educated population who are reluctant to take up these jobs.

Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) has announced that it will introduce mandatory requirements for companies to...