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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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Wars can have a devastating impact on food security of a region. Agriculture gets hampered due to flight from the land by farmers, reduced supply of inputs, and damage to irrigation and storage infrastructure and agricultural equipment. Flour mills, food processing units and bakeries typically operate at a low capacity or become defunct in such conditions.

Recognizing the food challenges in conflict-affected zones, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has launched a new partnership with some of the leading companies of the world to support refugees and displaced people who struggle to feed their families....

1 day 32 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The U.S. dairy industry is playing a vital role in creating a sustainable food system. Dairy farmers in all 50 states are adopting innovative means to address economic, environmental and social challenges. While milk production in the country has quadrupled since 1944, but the industry uses 90 percent less cropland, consumes 65 percent less water, and emits 63 percent fewer greenhouse gases.

The Innovation Center for U.S Dairy has announced the publication of the 2014 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Report, which highlights the key environmental and social achievements of the industry. In 2014, partnerships, knowledge sharing and actions from farm to table to...

1 day 10 hours ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) – Environmental sustainability is not just about saving the planet. For private companies, it is also a viable way to reduce costs, improve productivity and revenues, foster employee and consumer loyalty, and strengthen brand image to build a stronger competitive advantage over time.

PepsiCo has announced that its environmental sustainability programs have saved the company more than $375 million since its goals were established in 2010. The company achieved these savings through consistent progress on initiatives related to water, energy, packaging and waste reduction.

PepsiCo has reduced its water use per unit of production by 23 percent since 2006, generating...

2 days 8 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Green activists have raised concerns for a long time about the growing apparel and footwear consumption worldwide and its adverse impact on the environment. Some of the leading manufacturers and retailers in the apparel and footwear industry are responding to the challenge by investing in green innovation to reduce their environmental footprint.

Adidas, the world’s No. 2 sportswear company behind Nike, has introduced a three-year research program to develop soccer cleats that can be repeatedly recycled, use no chemical adhesives and create no waste. Sport Infinity, as Adidas’s new project is called, would assemble experts from a variety of industries to develop a “...

3 days 9 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Only one-third of the waste in the U.S. is recycled, placing it well behind some other developed countries. A portion of the blame goes to outdated facilities and technologies, but many parts of the country also suffer from a lack of access to something as simple as a recycling bin. According to a recent study by Natural Resources Defense Council and As You Sow, major brands lose out on $11.4 billion in recycling revenue every year, apart from the potential environmental benefits. 

A consortium of some of the largest American corporations, including Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Keurig Green Mountain, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,...

4 days 4 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – America’s business drive to a low-carbon economy has been picking up momentum over the last few years. The recently concluded Climate Week NYC 2015 presented an excellent opportunity for companies to showcase their corporate sustainability leadership before global business and governmental heads.

Some leading Fortune 500 companies used the opportune moment to join RE100 with a pledge to source 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions. Some of the latest companies to join RE100 include Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Starbucks, Steelcase, Voya Financial, and Walmart.

RE100 is...

5 days 9 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leaders from 193 nations recently converged at the United Nations in New York to adopt 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will guide global policy and funding for the next 15 years. These Global Goals, which replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), will require everyone to do their part: governments, civil society, and the private sector.

To achieve these goals, an estimated investment of $2 trillion to $3 trillion a year for 15 years will be needed, representing nearly four percent of the world GDP. This hefty scale of investment cannot be achieved unless the private sector plays a key role and comes up with innovative solutions to close the...

6 days 23 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Malnutrition is the single largest cause of child death in the world today. This critical, global problem impacts millions of vulnerable children each year, and kills more than twice as many children as HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Yet, it may be possible to eradicate severe malnutrition among children with a cost effective solution of using peanut butter as a therapeutic nutritional supplement.

The Hershey Company announced a new Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to train 7,500 farmers in Ghana on improved agronomic practices to tackle this challenge. Hershey is empowering these farmers to...

1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Mankind is incredibly varied and diverse across geographies and cultures, but all human beings share the same human spirit. The human ability to persevere, seek and explore is the force that has transformed the civilization. History has repeatedly shown that there are no boundaries to human creativity and endeavor.

It is this boundless spirit of human endeavor that marks the first-ever global brand campaign of The North Face. The campaign, called “Never Stop,” takes viewers on an emotional journey, inspiring them to discover the exhilaration that lives at the outer edge of their physical and intellectual possibilities.

The campaign continues the company’s...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The rapid economic growth enjoyed by many of the Asian countries has brought with it acute power shortages and given rise to serious environmental issues. Large amounts of capital investments in alternative energy projects are required to address these challenges. The best way forward is to promote public-private partnerships for large-scale investments in sustainable energy projects.

Looking at the growth potential in the Asian environmental industry, some of the leading Japanese financial companies have teamed up with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to establish a $750 million fund. This fund named Asia Climate Partners will...