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 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global companies have been widening their scope of corporate responsibility to address a variety of challenges facing humanity. From localized sourcing that supports indigenous growers to selling sustainable products that improve the customers’ well-being as well as the environment, these companies are focusing on sustainability in every aspect of their business. 

Albertsons Companies, in its recent Sustainability Update 2016, has highlighted the company’s commitment to make a...

2 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The PRI is the world's leading proponent of responsible investment. It represents the six Principles for Responsible Investment, whichis a voluntary set of investment principles offering a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice. Inimplementing them, signatories contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system. The PRI has more than 1,800 signatories, from over 50 countries, representing about $70 trillion.

Bloomberg recently announced that it has become the first U.S.-domiciled corporate retirement plan sponsor (ERISA plan sponsor) to join the...

2 years 11 months ago

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The global population is estimated to grow to 10 billion by 2050. This will lead to a dramatic increase in demand for energy for food manufacture and distribution, as well as water for food production. The interdependence between food, water and energy is already becoming evident around the world, and climate change is bound to accentuate the trade-off between these resources.


2 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – There is a growing trend among large companies to include corporate responsibility information in their financial reports. The vast majority (78 percent) of the world’s top companies (G250) now do this, indicating that they believe CR data is relevant for their investors.

This encouraging trend is one of the highlights in the KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2017. The survey, which covered CR and sustainability reporting from 4,900 companies in 49 countries, provides a close look at global trends in CR reporting and insights for business leaders...

2 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) –Remanufacturing is an important subset of the circular economy – enabling products, components and valuable resources to be kept at their highest use for agreater period of time. The current value of global e-waste alone represents $52 billion worth of potentially reusable resources, apart from the significant savings possible in terms of energy, emissions, water and waste.

Remanufacturing businesses are able to generate new, medium-to-high skilled jobs. Remanufactured products, themselves, can also deliver new forms of sustainable customer value. For example, by providing affordable alternatives to brand new...

2 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -- Social and economic shifts occurring in the US and around the world have made sustainability one of the focal points for business organizations. An enduring culture of corporate responsibility and sound business fundamentals are essential for navigating what lies ahead.

VMware recognizes its responsibility to contribute to the creation of a better future for all. The company has now released an update on their progress towards their Sustainability 2020 goals. The update shows that by leveraging the power of people, products and operations, VMware is driving positive change.


2 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Tetra Pak has published its 2017 Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s key achievements in the areas of ESG. What is special about this year’s report is that for the first time since it started publishing a sustainability report (in 2004), the company has adopted Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.

The GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, organizations and governments understand and communicate their impacts on sustainable development. It encourages organizations to set targets around improving their performance relating to specific categories, aspects and...

2 years 11 months ago

In a complex business environment, understanding what, where and how to report sustainability information can be a challenging task. Accurate and objective sustainability reporting can help a company consider its impacts on a variety of sustainability issues, enabling it to be more transparent about its future risks and opportunities.

To address the need for effective global reporting on corporate sustainability, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), has now launched the Reporting Exchange, which is the single most up-to-date and comprehensive source of information...

2 years 12 months ago

A company’s stakeholders — customers, employees, investors and regulators — increasingly recognize the key role of business in driving global sustainability. For a business to compete and be successful in the long run, it is now crucial that the decision-making at every level within the company must take account of its corporate social responsibility.

In a recent interview, Cynthia Figge, CEO and co-founder of CSRHub, put a spotlight on this vital issue. In conversation with The Bottom Line podcast host Rick Wartzman, Cynthia spoke about Why it Makes Sense For Companies to Be Socially Responsible...

3 years 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2016, 64 percent of CEOs said they were increasing their investment in CSR. A more recent study from Babson points to a demonstrable positive effect of CSR on businesses. CSR today goes way beyond dollar signs. Companies are increasingly willing to invest man hours from their entry-level and executives alike to better communities.

Zendesk, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in October, is utilizing the occasion to reflect on its CSR journey. According to Tiffany Apcyznski, the VP of public policy and social impact at Zendesk, corporate social responsibility has transformed dramatically in the past decade as...