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 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Apple has released its latest supplier responsibility report that outlines the company’s resolve to crack down on the use of minerals from conflict-ridden regions of the world. The tech giant specifically pledged to stop using minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo that could fund war and human rights abuse.

Apple’s latest endeavor is a key step towards upholding ethical sourcing and manufacturing standards across the technology industry. The company announced that its hardware factories did not use tantalum, a metal used in electronics manufacturing, from conflict zones. It is also working with its suppliers to ensure...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The World Bank has underscored the importance of energy-water nexus in environmental conservation with the launch of a unique ‘Thirsty Energy’ project on a global scale. Water and energy are two critical resources that are closely interlinked. However, the management of these resources often takes place in a disjointed and uncoordinated manner across the world. The Thirsty Energy initiative aspires to change that.

The initiative is based on a World Bank report of 2013 that had listed out a range of recommendations to manage the energy-water nexus. Some of the key recommendations included improved modeling in both energy and water...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – SolarCoin, based on Bitcoin technology, promises to be the new “cryptocurrency” that might encourage more people to switchover to renewable energy. SolarCoins can be earned as a reward for generating solar power. The coins have no value at present, but if people start using this currency to support solar energy, SolarCoins would acquire value.

Introduced by the SolarCoin Foundation, this innovative endeavor is aiming to build value in the range of $20 to $30 per SolarCoin. This monetary reward would effectively provide solar panel owners with a crowdfunded feed-in tariff, and create incentive for many more people to shift to solar energy...


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Obama administration has announced the establishment of seven “climate hubs” in regional areas to help reduce carbon emissions and deal with climate change. The Department of Agriculture will oversee these hubs, located in key regions across the United States, including New Hampshire, North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico.

These climate hubs will promote the development of next generation of climate solutions, enabling the country’s agricultural sector to build innovative tools and technologies they need in the wake of a changing climate. The hubs will perform critical tasks such as studying fires,...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Southwest Airlines is known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its people and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet.

As part of that stance, Southwest (NYSE: LUV) will provide more than $2.8 million in free flights to caregivers and patients seeking medical treatment for serious illnesses. The airline’s Medical Transportation Grant Program has chosen 73 nonprofit hospitals and healthcare organizations in the United States, with a total impact on 99 facilities, for its 2014 program.

The program helps...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – IKEA, the second-biggest private commercial solar power user in the U.S., is on schedule with its ambitious sustainability program called “People and Planet Positive,” which was unveiled about a year ago. The program has committed more than $2 billion to investments in clean energy through 2015. The company believes this plan is in line with changing consumer aspirations for a greener lifestyle, and will also shield the company against future energy price shocks.

IKEA’s goal is to become a 100 percent renewable energy company by 2020, which means it will produce as much renewable energy as it will consume by using renewable sources...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sochi 2014 is the first Olympic Games in history to eliminate its direct carbon footprint, due to the efforts of The Dow Chemical Company, the Worldwide Olympic Partner and Official Carbon Partner of Sochi Olympic Winter Games 2014.

The “Sustainable Future” program, implemented by Dow in Russia, enabled the mitigation of more than 520,000 MT of carbon dioxide equivalents – exceeding Sochi 2014’s direct carbon footprint of 360,000 MT. The official announcement to this effect has been made by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.

Dow has been closely engaging with its customers in Russia since early last year to implement energy efficient...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The recently concluded World Economic Forum at Davos saw Coca Cola and Nike outline their corporate efforts to deal with the challenges of climate change. The forum devoted one day to the threat posed by climate change to the planet’s delicate ecological balance; both Coke and Nike talked about specific steps they are taking to reduce this threat.

Jeffrey Seabright, Coca Cola's VP Environment and Water Resources,identified the growing incidence of droughts, floods and unpredictable variations in climate as serious problems disrupting the company’s supply of sugar cane, sugar beets and citrus for its fruit juices.

Coca Cola...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Procter & Gamble will remove phosphates from all of its laundry detergents by the end of 2015. Phosphates are known to have a harmful effect on the environment, and P&G has committed to eliminating them entirely from all its detergent brands worldwide – including Tide, Ariel, Cheer, Gain, Ace and Bold.

The company is taking this measure to reduce its environmental impact while still delivering superior cleaning performance in its products. P&G’s Group President of Global Fabric and Home Care, Gianni Ciserani, said that the company’s focus on innovation and research is helping to achieve improved environmental...


3 years 11 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Staples, Inc. has earned a unique honor by getting named in the Global 100 Sustainability Index, published by Corporate Knights. The honor is unique because no other retailer in North America finds a mention in the Top 100 list; globally, Staples is one of only two retailers to be included in the list.

Staples has emerged as one of the most sustainable global retailers with its achievements in the areas of environment, social responsibility and governance. The company promotes sustainable business practices across the organization by offering eco-conscious products, optimizing energy efficiency and using renewable energy,...


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