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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14 hours 6 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Water shortage is no longer a crisis confined only to the developing regions of the world. Half of the world’s wetlands have already vanished due to unsustainable economic development. The quality of water around the world is increasingly deteriorating, posing a threat to human health as well as ecosystems. Nearly 780 million people worldwide still lack access to clean water and thousands die every day for lack of it.

As a part of its ongoing efforts to help tackle the severe drought in California, Bank of America is stepping up its water conservation initiatives. It has expanded its use of innovative, drought-tolerant landscaping...


5 days 56 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Technological advancements in prosthetics reached a new level when a lengthy public debate arose on whether double-amputee Oscar Pistorius had an unfair advantage over other athletes in the 2012 summer Olympics! That is an excellent testimony to the potential power of prosthetics for people around the world who need them. However, the fact remains that the prosthetics technology still has a long way to go before it can match the abilities of natural limbs.

According to the figures released by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, the total number of Americans with an amputation and those using prosthesis, is...


1 week 23 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate citizenship not only helps build a more sustainable world, but also brings direct business benefits for corporate organizations. Consumers increasingly prefer to buy from companies that produce more sustainable goods and services, employee motivation is higher at such companies, compliance with regulatory requirements gets easier, and the company’s reputation becomes more resilient over time with strong corporate citizenship practices.

A significantly large number of companies in Canada are adopting a leadership role when it comes to corporate citizenship. Canadian business leaders are keen to receive information on...


1 week 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Shareholder engagement is probably the single most important tool of persuasion that can make large companies take decisive steps to reduce their environmental impact and address broader sustainability issues. The most effective way to strengthen shareholder engagement is through mobilization of institutional investors, who are the key drivers of the global economy.

Ceres is marking its 25th anniversary by continuing to work with major institutional investors to guide and challenge the companies they invest in to lead the sustainability movement globally. Last year, investors working with Ceres filed close to 150...


1 week 5 days ago

 

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability has emerged as a significant challenge, considering the global population explosion, rapid economic growth and consumption of exhaustible natural resources. Innovative solutions, tools and practices need to be put in place to address the potential social, environmental and economic impact of an advancing civilization.

SPF Americas 2014 has set an ambitious agenda for actionable best practices and innovative approaches to these challenges, with Enablon’s cutting-edge solutions at the heart of the program. SPF Americas 2014 EH&S, Risk and Sustainability technology conference will take place on...


1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Eminent personalities from the world of sports and entertainment often use their celebrity status to support social and charitable causes. Spreading awareness and fundraising for cancer is among the key causes that have received strong support from celebrities over the years.

Lance Armstrong, the former cyclist and a cancer survivor himself, who founded the LiveStrong Foundation, is a prime example. The Foundation has raised over half a billion dollars to support cancer survivors, and advocated on their behalf in major policy debates. Ellen Degeneres, whose mother survived breast cancer at a...


1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – America’s love for pizza knows no bounds. 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. Out of total five billion pizzas consumed worldwide each year, the US alone consumes three billion. Across the US, around 70,000 pizzerias are in operation, and the average pizzeria uses 55 pizza boxes per day. That translates to about 1.4 billion pizza boxes used in the country each year.

GreenBox, the multi-functional, environment-friendly pizza box by Ecovention, LLC, offers a revolutionary eco-conscious pizza packaging solution. GreenBoxbreaks into plates and a storage unit for leftovers, and is made of 100 percent recyclable...


1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The global airlines industry released 705 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2013. This represents 12 percent of all transportation emissions, demonstrating the scale of the environmental impact that the aviation sector is having. Boeing Co. has recognized the urgent need to develop alternative biofuels that will cut down the carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to conventional petroleum fuels, and make the sector more environmentally sustainable.

In a significant move toward achieving this goal, Boeing has entered into a partnership with South African Airways and SkyNRG to use hybrid tobacco to...


2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Ethically sourced diamonds are an important means of socio-economic development in the local communities of the diamond-producing countries in Africa. Revenue generated from diamond export supports critical investments in infrastructure, healthcare and education in these regions.

However, the onus lies on global diamond traders to ensure that the diamonds are sourced from conflict-free areas and mined under strict international environmental and ethical standards to protect the ecosystems as well as the interests of local communities. Towards this end, Tiffany and Co. has established direct relationships with many of the diamond...


2 weeks 3 days ago

 

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Event-style charity has not gone out of style in Nashville, where one might expect both tradition and innovation to combine, even in philanthropy.This is what occurred in May, when Great American Country, HGTV and DIY Network joined hands with Rebuilding Together at the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville.

The conference put a spotlight on the value of living in a healthy home, highlighting products, policies and improvements designed for healthier homes. Television personalities from HGTV and DIY networks as well as government employees spoke at various conference sessions.

The conference covered more than...


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