Roshan, one of 16mid-sized companies, to receive ‘Best for the World’ distinction by B Lab nonprofit.
April 27, 2015 (Kabul, Afghanistan) - Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading communications provider, is pleased to announce it has been recognized by international nonprofit B Lab for its positive overall social impact and community efforts with the release of the fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list and ‘Best for Community’ list. The lists honor businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Roshan is the only company from Afghanistan which has achieved the B Corp status and has been honored each year since ‘Best for the World’ was first released by B Lab in 2013.
“By demonstrating that a company like Roshan, which conducts business in one of the world’s most challenging regions, can still operate in a way that has a lasting and positive impact on local communities, is a testament to the talented women and men who work for us every day,” said Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan. “It is widely understood that the success of our company is directly linked to the success of the communities in which we operate, and we are committed to continuing to help them grow.”
As a leading communications provider in Afghanistan, Roshan has the unique ability to connect communities with the essential services they need to prosper. M-Paisa, Roshan’s mobile money service, allows Afghans to send and receive money, pay bills and even collect their salaries digitally using their mobile phone--avoiding the need to pay expensive fees or to carry cash to process transactions. Services like these are only made possible by continuing to invest in the telecommunications infrastructure in Afghanistan.
Additionally, Roshan has actively invested in the Afghanistan communities it serves by:
The B Corp ‘Best for the World List’ sets the gold standard for high impact companies and demonstrates any type of company can use business as a force for good. “Today's honorees inspire all companies to compete not only to be best in the world, but best for the world,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab, on the release of the 2015 list on April 14, 2015.
Roshan has been a certified B Corporation since 2013, meaning that it has met rigorous standards for ethical business practices and work on social and economic development. Today there are over 1,200 Certified B Corporations, across 121 industries and 38 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.