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 30 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Green building is more than just a development trend. It involves a range of environmental aspects such as emissions reduction, water conservation, storm water management, temperature moderation, and waste reduction. Greenbuild 2014, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, which began in New Orleans, highlights these aspects and showcases the latest technologies and innovations in sustainable building.

Make It Right, the organization founded by Brad Pitt, which builds LEED Platinum certified projects for people and communities in need, has showcased the 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome. This LEED Platinum...

1 day 23 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world’s largest private investor in clean energy, Zheng Jianming, who has amassed about $20 billion in Chinese solar manufacturing assets, is considering seeking U.S. investments to fund his expanding energy technology ambitions. Zheng is the chairman and founder of Asia Pacific Resources Development (APRD), which holds the world’s largest collection of solar-manufacturing businesses. During a recent meeting with potential investors at the Next Generation Solar PV Finance Conference in New York, he indicated that he may be ready to seek a public listing for APRD.

Hong Kong-based APRD is also investing in electric cars,...

2 days 14 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the World Water Development Report 2014, an estimated 768 million people worldwide remain without access to an improved source of water. The number of people whose right to water is not satisfied is as high as 3.5 billion. In the wake of depleting drinking water resources globally, it has become critically important to raise awareness and implement efficient water resource management projects to serve a growing world population.

HSBC has launched a Water Explorer Program with a funding of $4.3 million in collaboration with the leading environmental nonprofit Global Action Plan. The program is a fun, inspiring and educational online initiative that will...

3 days 11 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Enactus World Cup is a unique global event that showcases the efforts of college and university students around the world who are helping their communities through entrepreneurial action. It brings together an international network of business, academic and student leaders to familiarize them with the social enterprise projects of its members. Apart from the competition, the Enactus World Cup includes a culture fair to exhibit the rich cultural diversity of its members as well as multiple networking events to create useful opportunities for the participants to connect, collaborate and learn from each other.

This year the event...

5 days 2 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The near-universal popularity of smartphones and a wide range of innovative mobile apps have given rise to the possibility of leveraging them to improve sustainability. Consumers should know which of the current apps support a low carbon, resource efficient, and more sustainable way of living in order to make informed choices. WSP Group, a British consultancy firm, has brought out a White Paper called “Apps for the Environment,” which evaluates mobile apps that enable the mainstreaming of greener living.

The White Paper has identified a list of top 20 smartphone apps that are role models for the sustainable sharing global society...

6 days 13 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Buying Fair Trade certified products is one of the most ethical and effective ways for consumers to contribute to a sustainable global economy. It not only ensures that the consumers receive products of quality, but also ensures that the people at the grassroots level, whose hard work is involved in producing those products, receive a fair deal in return. That is a real win-win situation.

Through Fair Trade certified products, a consumer’s everyday purchases can help farmers and factory workers in 70 countries work in safe conditions, get the right monetary value, and improve the lives of their families and communities. The month...

1 week 11 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – To provide the best customer experience, it is critical for a retailer to know the customer’s tastes, preferences, needs and aspirations. At present, only about three percent of the retailers are able to identify customers walking in store, but according to Boston Retail Partners, 72 percent plan to do so within five years. The cutting-edge beacon retail technology can help them achieve this goal.

A beacon is an inexpensive piece of hardware that makes use of Bluetooth signals to trigger location-based action in apps. Retailers can use beacons to attract potential users to their apps, retain those users, and increase their...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The emergence of social enterprises over the last two decades has driven social innovation and created sustainable and scalable solutions in several parts of the developing world. Social enterprise, a relatively new concept in Pakistan, is rapidly gaining a foothold in various areas of development. The country is pinning its hopes on new social startups to reduce the country’s dependence on aid, and develop innovative and affordable solutions to tackle the challenges of water, energy and construction.

This encouraging development is the subject of a new “Opportunity Pakistan Report” brought out by i-genius, an initiative...

1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Businesses have been keenly looking to engage employees in how they can give back to the society. Pro bono service or skills-based volunteering is one of the key initiatives for many companies to make a positive impact. Pro bono initiatives not only benefit the communities, but also help the employees to gain leadership training, skill development and internal networking, in addition to the highly valued community service experience.

Each year during the third week of October, a wide range of companies participates in Pro Bono Week, an international celebration of the pro bono ethic across all professions that employ their...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) has steadily gained popularity since early 1990s. However, some investors continue to be skeptical, holding on to a market view that SRI portfolios may not perform as strongly as the others. A recent study by New Amsterdam Partners refutes this outdated stance: it shows a positive linkage between stocks with higher ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) ratings and superior returns and reduced price volatility.

The study strongly reaffirms the core principle of sustainability that if a company’s ESG practices do not conform to international standards, then corporate performance will...