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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8 hours 42 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies are digging deeper into social metrics to measure their effort and impact. This helps bring CSR and sustainability initiatives more in line with mainstream business practice and strategy, as well as align those initiatives with bottom line-related thinking. Measuring social impact helps a company communicate the social value it creates effectively to its stakeholders and consumers who increasingly want to go with businesses that are making a positive difference.

Adobe is one such company that leads from the front in terms of making a meaningful social impact and bringing positive change through creativity and innovation...


2 days 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The just-released fourth edition of the Global Green Economy Index provides a detailed evaluation of how 60 countries and 70 cities are performing in terms of creating more eco-friendly economies. Interestingly, the report also provides insights into how certain developed countries, including the United States, rank significantly higher in terms of their global perception as the leading green economies, while in reality their performance does not quite match up to that standard.

The study, produced by Dual Citizen, LLC, a U.S.-based consultancy, has evaluated countries on every continent. It found that the Scandinavian countries,...


1 week 50 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil fuels have increased by about 1.5 times between 1990 and 2008, as per the EPA data. These gases trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. Leading global investment firm KKR has a Green Portfolio Program involving 25 companies from around the world with a focus on reducing GHG emissions through various sustainability action plans.

The companies in this program have avoided more than 2.3 million metric tons of GHG emissions between 2008 and 2013. These companies have also achieved cost savings and new revenue of $1.2 billion during this period due to their...


1 week 2 days 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 week 3 days 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,...


1 week 4 days 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...


1 week 5 days 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...


1 week 6 days 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...


2 weeks 1 day 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...


2 weeks 2 days 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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