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Roshan Honored as a ‘Best for the World’ Company by B Corp for Creating Most Overall Social and Community Impact

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:

  • Facilitating treatment of more than 15,000 patients and the training of more than 4,000 doctors and healthcare providers through Roshan’s telemedicine link by connecting hospitals in Kandahar, Bamiyan and Badakhshan provinces to the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) in Kabul and through it to one of the best equipped and most modern hospitals in the region, the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Opening the Youth Sports and Social Development Center, providing 800 children and teens in Kabul with a place to study, exercise and socialize in a safe environment.
  • Leading the way in investing and building human capital in Afghanistan. Afghans make up 96 percent of Roshan’s workforce and over 70 percent of the senior management team.
  • Supporting women by creating educational and job opportunities for them. Around 20 percent of Roshan’s employees are women.
  • Constructing more than 180 drinking water wells throughout the country, providing more than 100,000 people with reliable access to clean drinking water.
  • Building 29 playgrounds across Afghanistan, creating a space for youth and children to play and bringing Afghans from all backgrounds together.
  • Building 35 E-Learning Centers, enabling children to get access to the internet and learn about the world.
  • Supporting sports through sponsorships, including the launch of Afghanistan’s most celebrated football event, Roshan Afghan Premier League, and other sports such as skateboarding through Roshan’s support of Skateistan.

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.