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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13 hours 51 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Businesses play a vital role in promoting global economic empowerment of women.To step up its efforts to highlight and promote women-owned businesses, Wal-Mart has become the first retailer to enter into a partnership with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The company has committed to sell merchandise featuring a new logo that will identify goods as produced by women-owned businesses.

Wal-Mart believes that supporting women entrepreneurs not only helps push sustainable and equitable development, but it also makes good business sense because customers want to commit to the idea. The company recently...


2 days 21 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Optimization in business systems can be used as a model to develop sustainable initiatives in critical areas. “Project Last Mile,” an initiative that makes use of Coca-Cola’s systems, logistics, supply chain and marketing expertise to help optimize delivery of medicines and supplies across Africa in sustainable way, is a case in point. Coca-Cola has promoted Project Last Mile in collaboration with Yale University’s Global Health Leadership Institute, Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) and the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GEFT).

The program has just received a major financial boost, with Coca-Cola, the...


3 days 14 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In an era of increasing consumer consciousness about corporate responsibility, reducing the gap between a company’s actual Corporate Citizenship practices and consumer’s perception of those practices is critical to building brand value. The consumers of today hold the world’s top brands to an exacting standard and expect these brands to act responsibly. To bridge the gap between consumer perception and reality, Interbrand brings out its annual Best Global Green Brands report.

The brands that are listed in this annual ranking have a global presence and a demonstrated record of delivering value to their stakeholders. Interbrand...


3 days 21 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Technological innovations alone are not enough to make an impact in the clean energy sector, unless these are backed by effective financial support. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is leading two solar lending working groups that include over 100 financial institutions, solar installers and service providers. The evolution in the field of clean energy finance has just begun.

The largest residential solar installer in the U.S., SolarCity, has completed the industry's first securitization of distributed residential and commercial assets with a private placement of $54.4 million at an...


6 days 13 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global investments in renewable energy are set for a major boom over the next decade and a half. This will eventually help global carbon emissions to start declining beyond 2030. These are the findings of a new report released by Bloomberg News Energy Finance. A total of $7.7 trillion in investment is forecast for building new power plants by 2030, out of which renewable energy may receive as much as two-thirds or about $5.1 trillion.

The share of fossil fuels in power generation will decline to 46 percent from the current 64 percent, according to the report. About 5,000 gigawatts of power generation capacity will be added...


1 week 12 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Cooperatives constitute a critical part of the world economy. Operating across all sectors of the economy, cooperatives provide 100 million jobs worldwide – 20 percent more than multinational companies, according to the 2011 figures from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Program (WFP).

To mark the International Day of Cooperatives on July 5, the United Nations has brought into focus the key role that cooperative enterprises can play in economic development, environmental protection and social justice. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-...


1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Not many people recognize the real size and scope of healthcare industry in the United States. The healthcare sector encompasses healthcare delivery, healthcare services and supply chain, managed care, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and biotechnology that together represent nearly 20 percent of the U.S. GDP. Considering the vast social and economic influence of the healthcare sector, efforts to advance sustainability in the sector can create a major impact.

Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in the country, is among the key companies pushing for sustainability in healthcare. Kaiser...


1 week 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In an increasingly connected world, technology, innovation and expertise can help find solutions to some of the most pressing global problems. A large corporation holds the potential to make a significant impact if it employs its resources, knowledge and networks to promote all-round sustainable development.

AT&T is one such example of a corporation that is leading from the front to push for sustainability in multiple areas. The company is more committed than ever to engaging with educators, nonprofits and entrepreneurs to improve learning and career opportunities for youth. On the environmental front, AT&T has developed a toolkit together with Environmental...


2 weeks 12 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – If applied rightly, technology can help create a path for meaningful and productive careers for underserved young adults who may not have the resources or the opportunity to attend college. This is the core belief behind Symantec Foundation’s new major signature program called the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3). The program was announced at the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting on June 24, and is scheduled to begin in August.

SC3 is a pilot of the program that will roll out in New York, Baltimore and the San Francisco Bay Area. The program aims to provide training to young adults and equip...


2 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Access to clean drinking water is one of the most pressing needs of many communities around the world. Shortage of clean water not only leads to serious health concerns, but also compromises school education for children in communities where children are saddled with the task of fetching water for the family from far-flung areas.

Children International has been closely working with Atlanta attorney and philanthropist Dan Phelan on major water projects in the Dominican Republic. This is their third water project, bringing clean water to more than 66,000 people in the region. It’s a good example of how a nongovernmental organization and community residents, along with...


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