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 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A growing number of companies around the world are aiming to get the most out of their capital, maximize employee performance, and make a judicious use of resources to make the world a better place.

Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media firm, takes an annual close look at these companies to release its annual data-driven ranking of the world’s most sustainable companies at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It has released its 2016 Global 100 list after evaluating the performance of 4,353 global mid-, large-, and mega-cap companies with a market capitalization of $2 billion and above.

Companies are evaluated across 12 “key performance indicators...


3 days 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Following the COP21 in Paris and the establishment of SDGs, cross-sector collaboration to drive progress on sustainability has become more important than ever. However, questions remain on how companies should make the most strategic choices on where and how to collaborate, and how to ensure that collaborations undertaken have the highest potential to deliver on scale.

A new report from SustainAbility,“Orchestrating Change,” addresses these questions and offers a vision for a new generation of multi-stakeholder collaboration. The report aims to help companies and other organizations better plan for...


4 days 20 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The recent World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland focused on the emergence of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” that will be marked by a fusion of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. Change will occur at a breakneck speed in this revolution, while it unleashes immense new opportunities to transform the efficiency and sustainability of global production systems.

DuPont is gearing up to take advantage of the unprecedented innovation accompanying the Fourth Industrial Revolution to re-think and transform global food systems. With the world population growing to...


1 week 6 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Canada has extensive sustainably certified forests, which it can leverage to make environmental progress in various industrial sectors. The country has long used mill and forest residues to make wood pellets that are used to generate electricity. Now it is turning its attention to the development of sustainable aviation fuel from leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste.

A consortium that includes Boeing, Air Canada, WestJet, Bombardier, the University of British Columbia (UBC), SkyNRG and other research and industry partners will assess whether forest waste can be harnessed to produce sustainable aviation fuel...


1 week 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) defines Zero Waste as a goal that involves designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. According to ZWIA, implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.

The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) has awarded the GOLD level certification to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) for successfully diverting nearly 99 percent of its waste from landfill, incineration and the environment. The...


1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The cruise industry produces nearly one billion tons of sewage every year, apart from consuming several million tons of fuel. If the sewage and exhaust from ships is not treated properly, it can pollute the water and fog the air, resulting in serious health and environmental impacts.

In recent years, cruise lines have recognized the need to support sustainable tourism, and are making a concerted effort to reduce their environmental footprint. Some of them are also helping to promote sustainable practices to a wider group of players in the travel industry. According to Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of CruiseCritic.com, cruise lines have made quantum leaps when...


1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate sustainability has arrived at a juncture where companies not only view it as a means to mitigate risks, but also to seize new opportunities to gain a competitive edge. Companies are increasingly responding to the investors’ growing interest in seeing businesses balance short-term financial performance with long-term value creation.

RobecoSAM’s annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) involves a comprehensive evaluation of factors that influence a company’s core business value drivers. These factors include sustainable innovation, talent retention, and resource efficiency because they matter from an investor’s perspective and impact a company’s...


1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Top national sporting championship events can embrace environmental responsibility to highlight the need to implement action to fight climate change, and at the same time, set the bar for all other sporting events in the country. It also empowers corporate partners and other stakeholders to take action and lead by example to mitigate environmental impacts.  

Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has named TerraPass, a leader in the fight against climate change, as its official sustainability partner. The Host Committee has prioritized sustainability and has committed to delivering the Super Bowl 50 as a “Net Positive” event...


2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Diversity and inclusion in business is generally perceived as a practice that is limited to hiring and developing a diverse pool of employees. Programs to promote corporate diversity have long been the domain of human resource departments. However, large companies need to widen the scope of diversity as a part of corporate citizenship, and extend it to providing business opportunities to diverse business owners.

DiversityBusiness.com conducted an online survey of more than 1.5 million diversity business owners in the U.S. to determine the top 50 companies that are providing business opportunities to women- and minority-owned enterprises. The website’s list of "...


2 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Vocational training programs are typically viewed as a lesser option than universities. However, as university graduates struggle to find jobs, vocational training is becoming increasingly promising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has repeatedly highlighted the “skills gap” between unemployed workers and job openings that require more than a high school education but less than a four-year degree.

JobTrain is a 50-year old nonprofit that is helping low-income people learn skills that lead directly to employment. The organization focuses on promoting economic equality through a combination of job training, academics and life skills to help disadvantaged people become...


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