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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5 years 10 months ago

An online meet called “Retail Leaders in Sustainability” was recently organized to discuss a new report on the sustainability of the retail industry. Retailers are increasingly looking at sustainability as an opportunity to deliver superior value to the consumers and achieve a better image in the market as a responsible business.

The report on sustainability in retail was compiled on the basis of sustainability data from 30 retail members of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which included IKEA, Sears, Best Buy, The Home Depot, Walmart,...


5 years 10 months ago


The Pipeline Fellowship, founded by Natalia Oberti Noguera, is a unique social enterprise with a mission to train women philanthropists to become angel investors. It provides education, mentoring and practical experience to women with a proven track record of performance in social entrepreneurship.

Women who receive the Pipeline Fellowship commit to invest in a for-profit social enterprise that must be headed by a woman. At the end of the training program, the Fellows give this commitment in exchange for equity and a board seat. The...


5 years 10 months ago

Swiss-based Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, a global network of venture philanthropy, is expanding its role in India. The foundation’s focus in India it to support Indian social entrepreneurs by helping them receive professional training and support.

The foundation’s CEO, Firoz Ladak, commented on their India focus, “We give roughly $15- $20 million a year. Next three years budgeted commitment for a $1 million for India." The foundation has already being piloting investments in India for the last two years. Ladak says that social...


5 years 10 months ago

Matthew Lee, a doctoral candidate at Harvard Business School along with HBS Associate Professor Julie Battilana has undertaken a research on social enterprises. Their team is collecting and analyzing quantitative data on social entrepreneurship. The goal of their research is to identify broad social enterprise trends and provide a springboard from which to study the future course of this field.

Lee says, “A big weakness of the existing qualitative studies is that they're very biased toward heroic entrepreneurs. But to understand what the whole field looks like,...


5 years 11 months ago

The Non Profit Incubator (NPI) is a unique nonprofit organization in China that is cultivating social entrepreneurs and promoting social innovation. It provides crucial guidance and support to new start-ups and small to mid-sized grassroots social enterprises. This is the first nonprofit incubator and an incubation park in China with a focus on strengthening the social enterprise sector in the country.

NPI’s leaders are drawing their lessons from the remarkable evolution of the private sector in China. They are integrating ideas and resources...


5 years 11 months ago

US-based technology expert and inventor Sam Pitroda is heading a delegation of a hundred young social innovators that will visit New Delhi, India on January 21, 2012. The key purpose of the meet will be to discuss how social enterprises can make more effective use of technology to achieve their goals.

Pitroda, who is also the advisor to the Indian Prime Minister on information infrastructure and innovation says, “Through technology we begin to think about things differently. How do we bring about generational change? How do you expedite the...


5 years 11 months ago

Preserve is a highly successful Waltham, Massachusetts based social enterprise that has been making a difference on the ground for nearly two decades. Preserve, founded by Eric Hudson, is an environment friendly enterprise that sells home and personal care products made from recycled plastic. Over the years, Preserve has developed innovative recycled and recyclable products such as disposable razors, toothbrushes and kitchenware for retailers such as Whole Foods and Target.

Preserve won Forbes.com’s 2007 contest called “Boost Your Business.”...


5 years 11 months ago

The rising popularity and growth of social enterprises has led to the emergence of a number of resources and tools that such enterprise can use to achieve maximum impact.

The Unreasonable Institute

The Unreasonable Institute was established in 2009, and it has quickly emerged as a good resource for promising social enterprises. It has made partnerships with over 20 impact-investment foundations and funds. The Institute makes a selection of 25 social entrepreneurs through a painstaking screening process. The selected group is put through...


5 years 11 months ago

Beyond the Cardboard is a unique social enterprise providing voice to the homeless and helping them get access to tangible resources to overcome the challenge of homelessness. The enterprise has been founded by Jessica Choi, a young social innovator with a motivation to bring the problems of the homeless people into focus and find practical solutions.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development states that about 3.5 million people are homeless every year, out of which 40 percent are kids and 20 percent are veterans. The homeless...


5 years 11 months ago

Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition (HUMAN) is an innovative social enterprise based out of California that has come out with a unique way to fight childhood obesity. Andy Mackensen, the co-founder of HUMAN Healthy Vending and a self-described social entrepreneur, has a clear focus that the problem of obesity can be rooted out when children are kept away from obesity.

HUMAN has introduced a line of vending machines that help make health food products accessible in public places such as community centers, hospitals and gymnasiums. HUMAN ensures...


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