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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3 hours 8 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – America would not be what it is today without the men and women who serve in the military and their families. The greatest contribution to the society is made by the military veterans who put their life on the line for their country. Since the founding of the United States, the sacrifice and bravery of its soldiers has been its strongest pillar.

Redbox is making a gift of entertainment to veterans this holiday season through a consumer promotion and movie donation. Nearly 3,000 movies will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation, a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost...


1 day 15 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Chemical manufacturers around the world aspire to sell their products in largest possible quantities. However, the challenge with this traditional business model is that it tends to encourage overuse of chemicals and places human health and the environment under extra strain. To counter this situation, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has been advocating an alternative business model called “chemical leasing.”

UNIDO believes that the chemical leasing model supports efficient chemicals management. The concept behind this model is that instead of paying for the quantity of chemicals that a company consumes, it pays for the services...


4 days 16 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Typical corporate sustainability programs drive change from the top down. The multinational company sets targets and standards for its global supply chain, and aims to improve sustainability down to the level of workers and farmers. However, there are large sections of population at the bottom rung that are not even a part of the mainstream supply chain, and remain excluded from the sustainability programs.

This is where the role of a conservation nonprofit such as Rare comes in, which aims to address the needs of the people at the lowest rung of the ladder, and help them build sustainable enterprises from the bottom up. Rare’s...


5 days 16 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Social finance is a powerful approach to investing and money management that focuses on achieving economic returns along with an effective social dividend. It involves lending to social enterprises to accelerate their growth and profitability and reduce dependency on grants. Social finance operates on the belief that the only way for social enterprises to achieve long-term sustainability is through earned income, and loan finance is best suited to support these organizations in the startup and growth stages.

The campaign of RSF Social Finance to add 25 promising social enterprises to its loan portfolio over the next year...


6 days 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the last two decades, support for sustainable agriculture and its acceptance within mainstream agriculture has grown significantly. Sustainable agriculture not only prioritizes environment and social welfare, but it also provides economically viable opportunities for growers, laborers, consumers and various others who are a part of the food system.

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, which comprises grower organizations, agribusinesses, restaurants and retailers, conservation groups, universities and public sector partners, has announced new goals to advance the sustainability of U.S. agriculture in six key areas. Field to Market president...


1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The petitions website, Change.org, empowers people globally by allowing them to create online petitions to press upon businesses and governments to act on issues that impact the society. Among the startups in Silicon Valley, Change.org commands a reputation of being a mission-driven organization, despite being a for-profit company.

A host of technology billionaires have now come together to invest $25 million in Change.org to support its expansion. This is a unique occurrence where a number of leading tech luminaries have joined hands to effectively perform the work of a traditional venture capital firm, and started a new trend in how Silicon Valley companies are...


1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – An eco-innovation business model is enabling companies to push their boundaries by modifying products, processes and organizational structures that improves both sustainability performance and competitiveness. Unlike eco-efficiency, which focuses solely on sustainable improvements in productivity, eco-innovation seeks to strategically transform the entire business model and come up with differentiated products and services.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has produced a report that makes a strong business case for eco-innovation. According to the Philips Meaningful Innovation Index, businesses should focus on innovation to make a difference in people’...


1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Large, centralized utility companies continue to dominate the U.S. market, but they are no longer the sole players in the business. The market is gradually shifting towards a more decentralized infrastructure. Over 500,000 American homes have gone solar, and the movement is not restricted to energy alone. Many American households are buying food produced by local, sustainable farms rather than large agribusinesses. Some businesses are beginning to generate their own clean water.

However, the challenge is to find capital investment for hundreds and thousands of small sustainability projects. Large banks and financial institutions are not ready to back small projects...


1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – At a time when human beings have far exceeded the Earth’s capacity to sustain the current consumption levels for long, a new paradigm called the Circular Economy is showing great promise. As the name suggests, a Circular Economy goes beyond recycling and focuses on eliminating material loss and waste through careful design. It supports systems that help eradicate waste not just from manufacturing processes, but throughout the life cycle of products and their components.

“Towards the Circular Economy,” a 2014 report from the World Economic Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey & Company estimates that shifting to...


2 weeks 5 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Climate scientists are of a near-unanimous opinion that carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels is the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming. There is a dire need for governments around the world to create and implement decisive policies and standards to reduce these emissions.

In one of the most important actions ever taken by the U.S. government to combat climate change, the EPA has proposed a rule aiming at a reduction of carbon pollution from the country’s power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The EPA has received around two million comments from the public in favor of or against this proposal....


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