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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17 hours 20 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Keep America Beautiful and its network of affiliates and participating organizations are celebrating Earth Day as well as every day in April and throughout spring by conducting unique Great American Cleanup events across the country. Through the events, Keep American Beautiful is spreading the message of shared responsibility among the communities and reminding that small actions can make a big difference to preserve the environment.

The Great American Cleanup program aims to bring people together to transform public places into beautiful spaces. It highlights the Earth Day to serve a reminder that when people join hands for a...


1 day 9 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The White House has announced a new draft plan that would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. The plan involves $4 billion in fresh federal loan guarantees that are aimed at promoting sustainable projects that help integrate power grid with renewable sources, develop more compatible biofuels for conventional vehicles, and turn waste into energy.

The green loan program was never officially closed, but it had entered a “quiet period” after the expiration of funding from the 2009 economic stimulus that supported solar, wind and geothermal projects. But with billions of dollars in loan authority still available,...


4 days 6 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – About three years ago, Discovery Communications, the world’s topmost nonfiction media company, introduced an innovative annual initiative for high school girls called “Say Yes to the Prom.” The initiative brought together Discovery employees, industry partners and leading lifestyle brands to make prom more accessible and empower high school girls across the country.

Last month Discovery announced the national expansion of the “Say Yes to the Prom” program to reach out to a greater number of deserving high school girls. The program involves mentorship and donations of dresses, makeup and accessories with a view to promoting...


5 days 9 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies as part of its Care to Recycle program, has revealed that the biggest barrier to recycling at home is lack of bins. Recycling efforts at home often do not go beyond the kitchen despite a genuine concern among the consumers to protect the environment.

Lack of room-specific recycling bins and clear product labeling are the leading roadblock to recycling more in many homes. 17 percent of the survey participants said that they would recycle more often if they had better or more convenient recycling bins...


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The European Parliament has passed a historic law that makes it mandatory for the largest companies in Europe to include sustainability factors as an integral part of their annual financial reporting. The law, which was passed with a thumping majority vote of 599-55, will apply to publicly traded companies employing more than 500 workers.

This momentous law will require these companies to report on policies, risks and results with regard to social, environmental and human rights impact, diversity and anti-corruption policies in their annual reports. The law was first proposed in 1999 by Richard...


6 days 16 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Microsoft Corp. has entered into a three-year agreement with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to research and develop sustainable technologies. The goal is to make Microsoft’s data centers more energy efficient and economically viable. The company has also made a gift of $1 million to UTSA to support the university’s R&D programs.

Microsoft is investing $250 million to build a new 256,000 square foot data center located close to its existing facility in San Antonio. The company is working to address how energy is used and distributed inside data centers and how the consumption impacts the broader grid. With these...


1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Ethisphere Institute has come out with its annual list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” The list includes 144 winners, with companies ranging from Ford Motor, Kellogg and Microsoft in the U.S. to IHCC, a Saudi hospital construction company, All Good Organics, a food company in New Zealand, and PKN Orlen, a Polish oil refining company.

Ethisphere released the list of winners at a two-day Global Ethics Summit, which saw the convergence of about 300 corporate managers, executives and lawyers concerned with the area of ethics compliance. Ethisphere has been bringing out the list for the last eight years. The listing provides an...


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable products such as organic foods and specialty apparel typically lack economies of scale, which means companies are compelled to position them in the premium segment for upper-income consumers. The use of organic farming, energy-efficient technologies and fair trade sourcing usually puts a premium price on these products.

However, with large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target embracing sustainability as a key driver of revenue growth, the perception about sustainable goods as “expensive products” is set to change. Both of these giant retailers are increasingly backing up sustainable products with their huge economies of scale and financial might to make...


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Deloitte LLP has released its third annual “Core Beliefs & Culture” Survey that highlights a key connection between a strong sense of purpose and business confidence, profit and investment. The survey findings show that companies that are driven by a strong sense of purpose are more confident in growth prospects, while others focus on short term monetary goals.

Businesses that work with a clear purpose to deliver positive impacts for stakeholders – including clients, employees, investors and community – tend to achieve sustained business success. The research also highlights a need for business leaders to...


1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has launched a “Heart of the Community” program to revitalize and activate public spaces in the heart of American cities. Southwest has partnered with Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the organization behind an innovative “Placemaking” movement that re-imagines public spaces as the heart of every community. Through its support to Placemaking, Southwest will reconnect people and places to generate social, environmental and economic benefits in communities across the country.

Southwest, along with PPS, will build upon the success of its pilot projects in Detroit and Providence in 2013 to extend the...


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