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) – BRICS countries, which include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, comprise over one-fifth of the global economy. The growing economic power of BRICS nations has surpassed the level of negotiating power they command at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The value of South-South trade has exceeded that of North-South trade by about $2.2 trillion – which is more than a quarter of global trade.

China has emerged as Africa’s most important trading partner. China, Brazil and India are becoming major donors for low-income countries in the “South-South” region. A substantial increase in economic and...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Aggressive use of pesticides to push agricultural output has had an undesirable impact on the ecological balance in several ways. Environmentalists have continued to warn against the rampant use of pesticides and their ill effects. One of the classes of pesticides called neonic is known to boost crop yield, and is also extensively used on plants grown in lawns and gardens.

Neonic pesticides are leading to a widespread decline in the population of honeybees each year. The large-scale bee deaths are a serious cause of concern for agriculture because bees pollinate plants that produce nearly 25 percent of the food America consumes...

5 days 17 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and France. Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell is celebrating the friendship between the two countries through its “We Made It” Program. The program provided a meeting and cultural exchange between 10 Chinese families of the company’s employees with 10 students from France. With exclusive coverage in the media in both countries, the program allowed an opportunity for French people to learn more about the Chinese culture.

Alcatel-Lucent created the “We Made It” program in 2009 with the goal to help promising students from low income and working class...

6 days 14 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global corporations are picking up speed to make a shift towards renewable sources of energy in order to reduce their environmental footprint. Some of the major technology companies such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook have started a new trend of sponsoring entire wind farms as a part of this shift.

Microsoft has announced the signing of a 20-year agreement to buy the entire output – 175 MW of wind power – of the Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois, which is near Chicago. Construction of the Pilot Hill is in progress, and on completion next year the farm will supply power to Microsoft’s data center there through the grid. The...

1 week 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Ever since women began playing a significant role in business and entrepreneurship, the debate about the value of female leadership in business has never ceased. Now the British-based banking giant Barclays is putting real money behind the belief that companies that encourage women leadership are more profitable than the rest.

Barclays has been working on the idea of investing in women leadership for the last 18 months. Two women directors at the bank noted studies that concluded businesses with gender-diverse leadership outperformed those that were primarily male-dominated. This research finally culminated in Barclays coming out...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The World Wildlife Fund, in collaboration with the World Resources Institute, has brought together a dozen global companies to lobby for necessary market changes to make it easier to buy more renewable energy. The companies include General Motors, Wal-Mart, Bloomberg, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Novelis, Sprint, Proctor and Gamble and REI.

The 12 companies hope that identifying their common needs and goals in the adoption of green energy usage will help catalyze market changes. These companies collectively want to buy 8.4 million MWH of renewable energy every year, which can power about 800,000 homes. However, the market system...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Businesses play a vital role in promoting global economic empowerment of women.To step up its efforts to highlight and promote women-owned businesses, Wal-Mart has become the first retailer to enter into a partnership with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The company has committed to sell merchandise featuring a new logo that will identify goods as produced by women-owned businesses.

Wal-Mart believes that supporting women entrepreneurs not only helps push sustainable and equitable development, but it also makes good business sense because customers want to commit to the idea. The company recently...

2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Optimization in business systems can be used as a model to develop sustainable initiatives in critical areas. “Project Last Mile,” an initiative that makes use of Coca-Cola’s systems, logistics, supply chain and marketing expertise to help optimize delivery of medicines and supplies across Africa in sustainable way, is a case in point. Coca-Cola has promoted Project Last Mile in collaboration with Yale University’s Global Health Leadership Institute, Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) and the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GEFT).

The program has just received a major financial boost, with Coca-Cola, the...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In an era of increasing consumer consciousness about corporate responsibility, reducing the gap between a company’s actual Corporate Citizenship practices and consumer’s perception of those practices is critical to building brand value. The consumers of today hold the world’s top brands to an exacting standard and expect these brands to act responsibly. To bridge the gap between consumer perception and reality, Interbrand brings out its annual Best Global Green Brands report.

The brands that are listed in this annual ranking have a global presence and a demonstrated record of delivering value to their stakeholders. Interbrand...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Technological innovations alone are not enough to make an impact in the clean energy sector, unless these are backed by effective financial support. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is leading two solar lending working groups that include over 100 financial institutions, solar installers and service providers. The evolution in the field of clean energy finance has just begun.

The largest residential solar installer in the U.S., SolarCity, has completed the industry's first securitization of distributed residential and commercial assets with a private placement of $54.4 million at an...