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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22 hours 38 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Healthcare industry can become greener if those involved in healthcare purchasing have access to relevant sustainability data. Such information can transform hospital procurement, saving money for everyone involved. It will not only reduce impact on the environment, but also help to improve the health of patients, promote more sustainable healthcare products and services, and spark innovation throughout the supply chain.  

JoAnna Abrams, CEO of MindClick, a supply chain sustainability company, said that the big question now is how to leverage technology in a way that delivers meaningful information for purchasing managers to do their jobs better. But as things stand...

2 days 20 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Social enterprises use business strategies to achieve a social or environmental impact. While generating revenues from the sale of goods and services, social enterprises also expressly intend to create positive outcomes, and measure their results. As their business grows, so does their social impact.

Ontario, the most multicultural province in Canada, is home to about 10,000 social enterprises, which are building solutions in the fields of inclusive employment, education, health and environmental sustainability. Now the province has launched a five-year strategic plan to strengthen a thriving marketplace of sustainable and scalable...

5 days 16 hours ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability in the hotel industry is no longer an optional incentive. As travelers continue to become more aware and take the potential environmental impact into account before choosing a hotel, it is clear that sustainable hotels are fast becoming the norm.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide recently announced plans to double its “Element” brand portfolio in North America by the end of 2018, with 22 new openings scheduled for the U.S. and Canada in the coming years. The brand is experiencing dramatic growth due to the increased demand for sustainable hotels.

Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader for Specialty Select Brands at Starwood, pointed to a key...

6 days 23 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), low-carbon sources must produce most of the world’s power by 2050 to minimize the risks of climate change. Renewables, which have a 30 percent share in power generation today, must grow to 80 percent by 2050. Conventional fossil fuel energy must be completely phased out by 2100.

Some forward-looking companies are joining hands to meet the stiff clean energy challenge as a combined global force. Tech giants Microsoft and Facebook have pledged to develop 60GW of renewable energy by 2025, along with companies including Unilever, Kellogg's and IKEA as part of the newly launched Renewable Energy Buyers...

1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate sustainability concerns have risen from superficial levels about two decades ago to a dominant theme today. Business leaders increasingly recognize the need to meet the sustainability expectations of a broad range of stakeholders. Some of the global corporations have already embedded a commitment to sustainability in their core business strategy, operations and products.

Monsanto has earned recognition for its deep commitment to sustainability. The company has been placed at no. 12 out of 500 of the largest U.S. publicly traded companies in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings. This represents a dramatic jump from last year’s rankings when Monsanto was...

1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability bonds are used to finance projects with a social impact, but they differ from the more prevalent green bonds, which fund environmental projects. According to Bloomberg, 21 sustainability bonds have been issued globally since 2012, which have raised $4.6 billion. The majority of issuers until now have been development banks and financial firms, rather than corporations.

Starbucks has issued bonds to raise $500 million to pay for sustainability projects, including support programs for farmers in coffee-growing regions. Research firm Sustainalytics gave the second opinion for the sustainability bonds. The 10-year, 2.45 percent senior notes will fund...

1 week 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the World Bank, the urban world population will increase to six billion by 2045, adding two billion more urban residents. Addressing the needs of this vastly broadened marketplace will require reliable and well-connected transport systems to create safe, sustainable and resilient cities.

CSX Corporation is steering ahead with its goal to provide sustainable transportation solutions, while staying focused on the best safety, service and people. CSX has launched its sixth annual CSR Report titled “Moving Forward.” The report showcases the ways in which the company connects to global megatrends in...

1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – There is a growing awareness among governments, companies and consumers that protecting human and environmental health must be integral to what enters the market, and what buyers get. Businesses that promote credible, certified products stand to gain competitive advantage in this scenario.

Green Seal, the nation’s first independent nonprofit certifier of sustainable products and services, offers consumers an eco-label they can trust for products and services with health and environmental benefits in all aspects of their daily lives: from school to college, from home to office, from dining out to staying in a hotel, or going to a football game or the movies.


1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Women make up 40 percent of the global workforce. They hold their communities together as an integral part of the socio-economic fabric. According to the World Bank, investing in women is the ideal way to address a range of societal challenges, and is critical to all-round economic development.

As women continue to gain visibility and recognition for their work, Google developers have unveiled a proposal for 13 new emoji that show women in a powerful new light. Far from representing women with just a happy face, a quirky wink, or an emotional tear, these new emoji reflect the reality that women play a vital role in...

1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Year 2015 was an important milestone in the evolution of sustainable business. The COP21 climate agreement and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided a long-term direction for global business.

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has made strong progress on its environmental and ethical program “Plan A” for 2015-16, successfully delivering on a range of commitments made during the year. Nearly three quarters of all M&S products now have a robust Plan A performance to show, compared to 64 percent in the previous year. The company has made notable progress on improving its energy...