Doing Business in Afghanistan the B Corp Way

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Doing #Business in #Afghanistan the B Corp Way, Roshan putting phones in hands of citizens. http://bit.ly/1gzRRdr @Justmeans via @3BLMedia

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Friday, February 14, 2014 - 2:00pm

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(3BL Media/Just Means) - Based in Afghanistan, Roshan is changing the world's outlook on the country, changing the nation’s reputation from 'post-conflict' to innovation, security and equality: A Benefit Corporation ranking in the top 10% for Community and Workers among other B Corps. ISO certified for technology, customer care and sales.  2013 Award Recipient as the Most Innovative Company of the Year, the CSR Program of the Year, Customer Service Department of the Year for the International Business Awards for Middle East & Africa. And the list could go on and on. Roshan has received GSM Marketing, TMT Finance and World Communication awards, at least one award every year since they began in 2003.

As the leading telecommunications company in Afghanistan and the country's first Benefit Corporation (B Corp), Roshan has put phones into the hands of average, Afghan citizens. A short, nine years ago, Afghans had to cross the borders to make phone calls, including local calls to neighboring villages. There were only 35 lines in all of Afghanistan, most of them owned by the government. Satellite phones were limited and cost $2,000 to purchase and $12 dollars a minute to use. An average Afghan couldn’t afford to walk across the country to place a call. But that is history. Today, Afghanistan ranks number 50 out of 220 countries for connectivity.

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Julie Fahnestock - Julie is passionate about telling the story of where business meets good. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida and is currently pursuing her MBA in Managing for Sustainability at Marlboro Graduate School in Vermont. She has a background in international development and grassroots organizing and is passionate about equitable wages, labor rights and the global income disparity. If you can't find Julie, don't worry. Grab your board and head south on A1A. She's probably surfing somewhere along Florida's coast.

Keywords: Responsible Business & Employee Engagement | Afghanistan | B Corp | Justmeans | Karim Khoja | Roshan | Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Technology | benefit corporation | sustainable development

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