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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4 days 20 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2016, as all the UN member countries begin implementing strategies to meet the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world recognizes the pivotal role that corporations can play in the achievement of these global milestones. Several companies are already taking important steps to align their corporate giving and societal engagement around the SDGs.

To bring this encouraging trend into the spotlight, CECP has released a new report called Giving Around the Globe 2016, which shows a sharp increase in corporate societal engagement across borders in Africa and Asia, and the...

5 days 20 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies can play a vital role in providing critical relief assistance when natural disasters strike. According to the 2013 Cone Communications Disaster Relief Trend Tracker, 87 percent of global consumers believe companies must get involved in natural disaster response. Nearly 70 percent think corporations are better able to effectively respond. Nine in ten consumers feel better about a company after learning about that company’s support of disaster recovery.

The National Preparedness Month has encouraged a number of companies to launch new initiatives and campaigns this year. Disney has launched The Pillowcase...

1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world’s current rate of action may not be enough to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To reach the goals, the private sector, representing 60 percent of the world’s GDP, has a key role to play. Business can be the swing factor: the actions companies choose to take have the power to amplify change – for good and for bad.

To assess the progress on the 17 SDGs and examine the role of business, DNV GL has released a forecast report called the “Future of Spaceship Earth.” The report launch was co-hosted with the UN Global Compact at the UN headquarters in New York.

The report...

1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Philanthropic professionals have a responsibility to be a strong steward of the resources with which they are entrusted, and to get the right elements in place for a measurable impact. They must also define a strategic results framework with clear outcomes to help the funders tell the larger results story from efforts and dollars throughout.

To support this goal of the global philanthropic community, MicroEdge + Blackbaud has released a tool for organizations across the giving sector called the Outcomes Maturity Model. Created in partnership with The Rensselaerville Institute, this model is an online...

1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Research studies in the past have indicated that companies that rank high in terms of gender or ethnic diversity have a greater likelihood of achieving financial returns above their national industry average. Diversity appears to be a competitive differentiator that shifts market share toward more diverse companies over a period of time.

Now CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, has completed the largest survey of investment management professionals on the subject of gender diversity to date. The study titled “Gender Diversity in Investment Management” found that a growing number...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to National Geographic, the water it takes to produce the average American diet alone – about 1,000 gallons per person per day – is more than the global average water footprint of 900 gallons per person per day for diet, household use, transportation, energy, and the consumption of material goods. To put it in perspective, just one cup of coffee takes 55 gallons of water to make, with most of that water used to grow the coffee beans.

Two of the largest soda manufacturers, the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo, have announced that they have reached their goals for water sustainability. The Coca-Cola Company and...

2 weeks 21 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to a Nielsen survey report, 55 percent of global consumers are willing to pay more for products and services from companies that are perceived as good corporate citizens. These companies attract and retain employees more easily, and enjoy a stronger backing from investors and other stakeholders.

To recognize businesses that are committed to excellence in corporate citizenship, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has announced 24 finalists for the 2016 Corporate Citizenship Awards. In partnership with The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Chamber Foundation will honor businesses and chambers of...

2 weeks 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable agriculture requires a broad range of skills and technical knowhow to deal with the inherent challenges. To engage with the farming communities and develop feasible local solutions, collaboration among the buyers can make a real difference.

For the first time ever, leading food and agriculture supply chain companies and conservation organizations have formed an end-to-end partnership to support farmers in the improvement of soil health and water quality. The collective has announced the launch of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) to promote sustainable agricultural practices already...

2 weeks 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI), 1,500 investors representing over $60 trillion in assets under management have committed to integrating sustainability into their investment decisions. Investors increasingly recognize that Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are important contributors to financial performance.

S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM have announced the results of the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. The key takeaway from the review is that appetite for sustainability investing is on the rise. ESG integration has become a...

2 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – As more digitization occurs in daily life, corporate and cloud data centers have become increasingly large consumers of power. Data centers in the U.S. now consume about two percent of the total power produced in the country. In 2014, U.S. data centers consumed energy equivalent to the amount consumed by about 6.4 million average American homes that year, according to a recent U.S. Department of Energy study.

In the wake of the challenge that data centers now face to use power from renewable sources, technology giants such as Facebook, Apple, Google, eBay, and Microsoft have pledged to move their new data centers...