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) – Sustainable business practices have emerged as a crucial factor in the creation of long-term shareholder value in a globally competitive environment. Sustainability-related trends are having a significant impact on the top and bottom lines of companies. According to McKinsey, the key reasons companies want to embrace sustainability are to increase efficiency and reduce costs, improve their corporate image and meet their own business goals.

While some companies continue to hold on to the narrow view of seeing sustainability as a threat, some others see an opportunity. For example, Paige Francis, VP of global marketing for Starwood Hotels, the first LEED-certified...


2 days 16 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Data centers have emerged as one of the largest and fastest growing consumers of electricity in the U.S., according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 2013, data centers located in the U.S. consumed 91 billion KWH of electricity, which was enough to power all the households in New York City twice over. Over the next five years, the annual consumption of electricity by the U.S. data centers is estimated to reach 140 billion KWH.

Positioning itself as a sustainability leader in Europe, Apple has announced that it will invest nearly $2 billion (€1.7 billion) to build two new data centers in Europe that will run on 100 percent renewable energy. The centers,...


2 days 22 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – For conscious customers, the key barriers in acting on sustainability include knowing what sustainability really means, and determining which companies are doing better than others on this front. To overcome this hurdle, Walmart has launched a unique Sustainability Leaders shop. This online portal is designed to make it easier for customers to identify products made by companies that have scored as best in class in Walmart’s Sustainability Index.

The Walmart Sustainability Index is a supplier scorecard program developed by the company in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), an independent nonprofit that collaborates with product manufacturers,...


6 days 15 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to a 2012 Internet Society survey, 83 percent of people consider Internet access a basic human right. The Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) has now approved the net neutrality rules, which classify broadband Internet service as a utility. The objective behind this landmark move is to preserve the Internet’s role as a “core of free expression and democratic principles,” according to the commission chairman, Tom Wheeler.

Apart from its goal of bringing high-speed Internet to every American home at a fair cost, the net neutrality movement may have served an important incidental purpose. It mobilized Internet customers and users to drive corporate...


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable agriculture lies at the core of global food security. It involves the creation of a healthy and sustainable food system that ensures physical and economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious food for all. It is equally important to ensure that the food within this system is produced in an environmentally sustainable and socially just manner.

Sustainable agriculture has become increasingly important in the view of rapid population growth and climate change. By 2050, there will be an additional two billion people on the planet, increasing the global population to nine...


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Accounting for natural capital is one of the comprehensive ways for companies and governments to respond to climate change and energy efficiency. Natural capital includes assigning a value to the environment while conducting the cost-benefit analysis of a project.

CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) has been working for 14 years make the issues of climate change and energy efficiency integral to business decision-making and mainstream business, purchasing and investment strategies. CDP has pioneered the global natural capital disclosure system that is driving companies and cities around the world to act on the business case of reducing their carbon footprint and...


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Mary Kay Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Kirsten Gappelberg and Debby Ryan.

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – February is the National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. According to the CDC, dating violence includes physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence that may occur within a relationship. Awareness about the warning signs can enable friends and family to help a victim and sometimes save lives.

A recent “Truth About Abuse”survey conducted by Mary Kay revealed that 73 percent of...


2 weeks 12 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The impact of climate change across business sectors, supply chains, customers, and the world economy as a whole cannot be under-estimated. However, climate change also presents investors and businesses with an unprecedented opportunity. Investments in innovative green initiatives and sustainable technologies can limit the overall impact on the environment, and generate new market and job opportunities, and growth potential.

Looking into the immense potential of a green economy, Citigroup has announced that it is setting aside $100 billion to finance green initiatives over the next 10 years. The bank has doubled the amount it...


2 weeks 13 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Every two years, Nestlé awards the Creating Shared Value Prize to help scale up or replicate business-oriented initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, water or rural development. The competition is open to social and private enterprises as well as NGOs.

The call for entries for the 2016 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize is open until February 28, 2015. Applications will be reviewed between March and September, 2015, and the winners will be announced in 2016....


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Mexico’s produce exports to the United States have tripled over the last 10 years, and currently exceed $7.5 billion a year. Major American retailers and restaurant chains that import Mexican produce include Walmart, Safeway, Albertsons, Kroger and Darden, which operates the Olive Garden chain.

In recent months, there have been reports about the unsustainable working conditions of farm laborers in Mexico. This has prompted Walmart to join hands with the Mexican government to launch firm steps to improve the lives of the farm workers. The Mexican government has announced the creation of an alliance of produce industry groups that will address issues related to wage law...


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