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Roshan Internationally Recognized for Positive Social and Environmental Impact

March 19, 2013 (Kabul, Afghanistan) Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, has been recognized by international nonprofit, B Lab, for its positive overall social and environmental impact with the release of the third annual “B Corp Best for the World” list. In 2013, Roshan became the first Afghan company to be certified as a B Corporation and is the only one in Afghanistan to date. 

“These honors underscore Roshan’s founding principle of social responsibility, our commitment to training the next generation of Afghan leaders, and our ongoing mission for the socio-economic redevelopment of Afghanistan,” said Karim Khoja, Roshan’s Chief Executive Officer. “Since beginning operations in 2003, we have strived to provide world-class professional growth opportunities for Afghans, and to continually invest in the rebuilding of the communities in which we operate. This now also includes initiatives to improve the energy efficiency of our towers and install solar power to lessen our environmental impact. We are proud that our efforts to enhance the lives of millions of people throughout the country have been recognized by the international community.”

Roshan’s investment in communities is part of the company’s continued mission to leverage telecommunications to bridge critical infrastructure gaps, investing in fields such as health and financial inclusion, and programs for children, women and communities to build human potential and capacity across the country. Roshan’s corporate social responsibility arm, Roshan Community has:

  • Connected four Afghan hospitals with international institutions thorough Telemedicine technology, increasing delivery of medical care to the most isolated regions of Afghanistan and enabling remote diagnosis and medical personnel training;
  • Introduced the country’s first mobile money service, M-Paisa, for the 97% of unbanked Afghans, through which nearly $20 million is transferred monthly;
  • Engaged the communities in some of the most difficult areas in which Roshan operates by building 26 playgrounds that serve as community gathering places and constructed 155 wells for clean drinking water to promote health and vitality.

As the country’s single largest private employer, Roshan is also training the next generation of Afghan leaders through its initiative of Afghanization of its workforce. The company employs more than 1100 people – 19% of whom are women and 97% of whom are Afghan – and provides indirect employment to more than 30,000 people. Roshan has provided training to 92% of its employees, resulting in an average investment of more than $600 per year per employee. Through these extensive training opportunities, today 73% of the senior management team is Afghan. Additionally, Roshan recently launched a partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management to offer Executive Education to its top Afghan employees, ensuring that they have access to world-class institutional knowledge.

“Study after study shows that being ‘best for workers’ means being best for shareholders because the name of the game is securing the best talent. Businesses that can also improve the quality of life in the communities around them will be the ones that attract that talent, and turn their customers into evangelists”, said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations. “The B Corp Best for Workers honorees are the companies people want to work for and invest in because they’ve proven they’re the best of the best by meeting rigorous, comprehensive third party standards people can trust.”

About Roshan

Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan's leading total communications provider with nearly six million active subscribers and a network that covers over 240 cities and towns in all of the country's 34 provinces.

 Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country’s long-term development. Since its inception ten years ago, Roshan has invested almost $600 million in Afghanistan and is the country’s single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately five percent of the Afghan government's overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs more than 1,100 people, 19% percent of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 30,000 people.

 Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is the majority shareholder of Roshan; it promotes private initiatives and builds economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and TeliaSonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.

To learn more about Roshan visit www.roshan.af/ or facebook.com/RoshanConnects.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. 

B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (20 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform for investors to benchmark and report the impact of their global private equity portfolios; and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 16,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment).

For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net. 

Media Contacts:

March Bishop, Roshan

Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

Email: media.relations@roshan.af 

Katie Kerr, B Lab

Mobile: +1 610.293.0299 

Email: katie@bcorporation.net