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.

Posts by This Writer

4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leading apparel companies across the US and Europe have extended their boycott of Uzbek cotton to include forced labor of any kind. Over the last few years, several top apparel brands have taken a stand against the use of forced child labor in the production of cotton in Uzbekistan. Some of the companies are also working to develop stronger sourcing systems to ensure clear traceability of cotton and other materials used in clothing production.

The pledge to avoid knowingly purchasing Uzbek cotton until the practice of forced labor is discontinued has been signed by 136 international apparel companies so far. The list of companies...


4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Kiva.org, the international crowdfunding provider, has launched a new initiative, Kiva Labs, to provide access to crowdfunding for environmental and development projects. Crowdfunded loans through Kiva Labs will provide a unique opportunity to support the development of products and services with a high potential to make a social and environmental impact.

The new initiative from Kiva is backed by a $3 million Global Impact Award from Google. Kiva.org already has a successful crowdfunding model, and Kiva Labs will connect it with promising green and social development projects. The initiative will provide access to capital for high-...


4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leading Silicon Valley investors are funding Hampton Creek Foods, a promising startup housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco that is on a mission to find plant replacements for eggs. Hampton Creek has received support from top-flight investors, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, and Khosla Ventures, a venture capital fund established by Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla.

In the food laboratory of Hampton Creek Foods, biochemists are busy grinding up beans and conducting microscopic analyses of their molecular structure, looking for plants that can satisfactorily fulfill the...


4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate sustainability reporting among large companies around the world is on the rise. As many as 93 percent of the world’s biggest 250 companies now publish corporate responsibiity (CR) reports annually. That’s according to a new report by KPMG that reveals a surge in such reporting in the U.S. and other countries.

KPMG has been monitoring trends in corporate sustainability reporting for the last two decades. The trends indicate that the percentage of the largest U.S. companies producing these reports has grown from 74 percent to 86 percent between 2008 and 2013. Globally, the biggest surge in reporting has occurred in the Asia...


4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A new joint report released by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP) says that the environment and natural resources can play an important role in promoting sustainable peace in many conflict-ridden countries around the world. The report urges governments and partners to integrate natural resource management in post-conflict re-integration programs.

The report says that inclusion of natural resources in peace-building efforts can help reduce potential conflicts, such as disputes over land and water. It can also lead to the creation of green jobs for former soldiers. The report, ‘The Role of Natural...


4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – India-based social enterprise incubator Villgro has made fresh equity investments of undisclosed amounts in three social start-ups – OneBreath, Ecozen Solutions and Artoo. Villgro supports social entrepreneurs during the early stages of their growth, and has incubated 94 social enterprises since it was founded in 2001.

Ecozen Solutions is a renewable energy enterprise with a focus on the application of distributed power generation agriculture and rural communities. It has affiliated with Ecofrost Technologies to work on a solar power-based micro cold storage system that will address the problem of waste in horticultural production...


4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability experts from Yahoo!, Symantec, Genentech, New Leaf Paper and Kesher Consulting are coming together to participate in an interactive discussion hosted by AGRION on December 11 in San Francisco. The participants will discuss the importance of employee engagement in CSR, explore the issue of scaling employee engagement programs for sustainable business practices, and brainstorm solutions during the meeting. Participants will also ask questions as well as share their own experiences.

Live streaming of the discussion will be made available to those who are interested in the subject, but are unable to participate...


4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The LEGO Group has signed a partnership with WWF to help reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint. It has pledged to focus on improving its performance on several environmental fronts, including a collaborative approach with its suppliers to reduce climate impact.

LEGO’s own production processes at its factories contribute just 10 percent of the total carbon emissions related to LEGO products. The bulk of the emissions occur across the supply chain. This is where the company is now working to expand its engagement with suppliers to reduce the total environmental impact.

As a part of LEGO Group’s partnership agreement...


4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Norway, the UK and the US have together committed $280 million to fund a new BioCarbon Fund initiative to protect forest landscapes. With a contribution of $135 million from Norway, $120 million from the UK, and $25 million from the US, the fund will focus on efforts to slow climate change through support of forest landscapes.

The three nations announced the funding pledge during an event at the UN climate summit in Warsaw, called COP19. BioCarbon Fund, a public-private program within the World Bank, will manage the new initiative. The program’s goal is to mobilize finance for activities that conserve or sequester carbon emissions in...


4 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) program launched by the US Healthful Food Council will help inform customers how nutritious and sustainably-sourced their food is at restaurants across the country. The program that has been launched recently as a pilot in Washington DC makes use of third party audits to certify the nutrition and sustainability of foods served at restaurants as well as from caterers and food service operators.

The REAL certification is modeled on LEED certification for sustainable buildings. REAL will award points based on nutrition and sustainable best practices. Independent food...


Pages