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 years 9 months 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...


3 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Procter & Gamble Co. announced its commitment to source sustainable palm oil for all its products. The company has pledged to work with palm oil suppliers and farmers in Indonesia to ensure that rainforests that are home to endangered species are not destroyed. P&G will require its suppliers to submit plans that spell out the steps they will take to ensure no deforestation in the supply chain for their mills by 2020.

P&G uses palm oil in brands such as Head & Shoulders shampoo, Gillette shaving gel and Olay skin care products. The company was the target of a high profile protest by the environmental advocacy group...


3 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Harvard University has announced a string of new initiatives aimed at improving environmental sustainability and promoting renewable energy. The university has said that its endowment will be the first among US universities to sign on a United Nations-backed organization, Principles for Responsible Investment.

The principles will provide the university’s endowment fund managers with a method to evaluate environmental and social factors, ranging from water scarcity to human rights. Harvard president, Drew Faust, said in a letter to the Harvard community that as a university, it has a special obligation and accountability to the...


3 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A new report released by Greenpeace says that Google, Apple and Facebook are spearheading the efforts to power the Internet with 100 percent renewable energy. The report titled “Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating the Green Internet” details how these Internet leaders along with a growing number of other tech companies have brought about a key shift in the choice of energy sources over the last two years.

Greenpeace says that the stakes are high to make a shift to a greener Internet. If the Internet were a country, its electricity demand would currently rank sixth. Industry estimates show that Internet data is expected to...


3 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Three out of four Americans consider sustainability as an important factor when deciding which foods to buy, according to the 2014 Food Issue Trend Tracker released by Cone Communications. People are increasingly willing to compromise on food choices and costs in order to eat more consciously. While family satisfaction continues to be the top priority for 97 percent of the shoppers, 93 percent of them also consider health and nutrition, and 77 percent also consider sustainability as vital factors while making food purchasing decisions.

Local produce, sustainable packaging, animal welfare, non-GMO and eco-friendliness are some of...


3 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Aramark Building Community is the signature volunteer and philanthropic program of Aramark Corporation, a Fortune “World’s Most Admired Company 2014,” and an Ethisphere “World’s Most Ethical Company 2014.” Through Aramark Building Community, the company enriches communities by helping to improve family health, prepare youth and adults for work, and support individuals and families working their way out of poverty.

Since its inception, the Aramark Building Community program has expanded to 52 cities around the world, making an impact on the lives of more than four million individuals and families, and engaging thousands of employee...


3 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has launched a new global program called the “10-Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production,” or 10YFP. The first leg of this ambitious project, called the Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Program, is designed to help governments redirect public spending into areas that bring significant environmental and social benefit, and promote a more resource-efficient world.

The SPP Program will be co-led by UNEP, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI). It will help bring about the shift...


3 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – For most companies, setting and achieving a goal of equipping more than 500,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business would seem to be a stiff challenge. For Accenture, which has done exactly that, it’s a major achievement. By 2015, the global consulting company aims to equip 700,000 people worldwide with workplace and entrepreneurial skills.

The company has in place an effective program to accomplish that goal. Accenture’s “Skills to Succeed” program is designed to address a global need for skills that lead to new employment and economic opportunities. This program is a key representation of how the...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Giant Food Stores has inked a deal with BrightFarms, a pioneer in constructing greenhouses attached to supermarkets, to build the world’s largest urban greenhouse. The greenhouse will extend over an area of 100,000 square feet. It will deliver nearly one million pounds of fresh produce a year to about 30 Giant supermarkets in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

BrightFarms specializes in building as well as operating greenhouses, and expects the new greenhouse to open this fall. In addition to providing produce through the greenhouse, the company plans to open this massive facility to schools as an educational tool on urban...


3 years 10 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A number of forward-thinking companies are pushing for energy and water resource efficiency and conservation, according to a new report. The report,"Achieving Energy and Water Security: Scalable Solutions from the Private Sector," has been released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. It highlights global companies that are proactively addressing energy and water challenges in their operations and across their supply chains through innovation, new technologies, and strategic partnerships.

FedEx, which moves 3.6 billion packages annually across 200 countries, has put in place a Fuel Sense Program...


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