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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2 days 3 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nearly 40 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. is used to generate power, which makes power consumption a key component of the country’s environmental footprint. Most to this power in the U.S. is generated from fossil fuels. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards to recognize leading actions of organizations and individuals that advance the development of green power sources to reduce the environmental footprint.

The EPA Green Power Partner award winners in 2014 include Apple, Google, BD and Oklahoma State University in the category “Partner of the Year.” Intel Corporation and Kohl’s Department...


4 days 14 hours ago

 

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – It is easy to be cynical about business awards, but in the area of CSR and sustainability, awards have a special role and meaning. An award in this area not only draws attention towards initiatives and achievements of the winner, but the recognition it brings also serves as a source of motivation for other players in the industry. Consumers, investors and other stakeholders are in a position to make better informed choices when there is clear recognition for a responsible corporate citizen.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center has recognized eight companies for achieving excellence in corporate...


5 days 12 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world’s largest cloud-computing company, Amazon, has made a major commitment to run its cloud services entirely on renewable energy. With this comprehensive environmental pledge, Amazon has finally chosen to follow the same path as already taken by tech giants Google, Apple, and Facebook.

This is Amazon’s first significant move into clean energy, and represents a potential breakthrough towards building a green Internet. Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides cloud services to customers such as Netflix, Spotify, and Pinterest. With this commitment, the company will help these customers achieve reduced carbon footprints and less...


1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Tobacco growing has been an area of considerable debate with regard to the economic, social and environmental impact of this commercial crop. As one of the leaders in tobacco production, British American Tobacco (BAT) has recognized its responsibility to address the impact positively and shown commitment to supporting the tobacco farming communities globally and helping them prosper in a sustainable environment.

BAT has released its latest Sustainability Focus Report, Supporting Farmers’ Livelihoods: The Opportunity, which highlights the efforts that the company has been making to support farmers’ livelihoods. Five key focus areas to achieve this goal, which are...


1 week 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Forests provide one of the cheapest and most effective ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere, and thereby help mitigate climate change. In the last few decades, global forests have absorbed about a third of the annual carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from fossil fuels. However, human beings have been destroying forests at a rate of 13 million hectares per year for the last 10 years.

The sourcing of some of the major agricultural commodities is a key driver of global deforestation. Businesses can take affirmative action to cut the link between commodities and deforestation, without impacting their bottom line....


1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Businesses today face greater economic, social and environmental challenges than ever before. Right from the government, stakeholders and down to the consumers, there is a growing pressure on companies to conduct business in more sustainable ways. To achieve success in this climate, companies are increasingly adopting a more sustainable business approach.

A recent global survey carried out by Verdantix, an independent sustainability research and analysis firm, has revealed that sustainability managers in high-revenue companies around the world are being given more authority and responsibility. The survey tracked 260...


2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – China and the United States are the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 carbon polluters. For long the two countries have been seen as antagonists on the path to finding solutions to mitigate climate change. Climate experts believe that unless these two nations can resolve their differences on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there is little hope of other countries agreeing to mandatory cuts in emissions.

The announcement of a new landmark US-China agreement against the threat of climate change, and staking out an ambitious joint plan to reduce carbon emissions, after nine months of negotiations, is a major step that will have worldwide...


2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Renewable energy industry around the world has been witnessing a boom, but new green energy startups continue to face high hurdles in raising investment. However, an emerging method of raising sustainable financing for startup is crowdfunding, which is showing new promise. Crowdfunding allows for the elimination of middlemen, and enables a direct financial relationship between environmentally conscious individual investors and cleantech entrepreneurs.

In New Zealand, a cleantech startup called CarbonScape has broken new ground with success in raising financing through crowdfunding. CarbonScape is a carbon-refining company that...


3 weeks 2 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Accurate, timely and comprehensive sustainability implementation and reporting can help businesses improve their productivity. It contributes to increased motivation level of the employees, and enhances the relationships of the business with its stakeholders. However, the most common barrier to this endeavor is poor internal knowledge and flawed implementation of sustainability reporting.

GRI addresses precisely this barrier by providing the world’s most widely used and referenced sustainability reporting network. GRI has been a pioneer in making the sustainability reporting process standard practice for organizations around the world. Over 5,000 organizations across...


3 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Bats constitute an important part of the ecosystems all around the world. They help pollinate flowers and disperse seeds for countless trees and shrubs. A variety of agricultural plants, including bananas, mangoes, peaches, avocadoes, figs, cashews, cloves, and dates depend on bats for pollination. Without the seed distribution that is made possible by bats, humans would be deprived of a lot of valuable fruits and vegetation. Furthermore, a single bat can eat up to 5,000 insects at night, which means farmers need fewer pesticides to produce food.

However, a devastating disease called white-nose syndrome is killing millions of bats...


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