September 13, 2015 – Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading communications provider, is pleased to announce that it has been named as one of the “Top 51 Companies Changing the World” by FORTUNE Magazine, one of the world’s leading business magazines. Fortune has compiled a list of 51 global companies that have affected major social or environmental concerns in a positive way by integrating them into their business strategy.
Roshan was the only company from Afghanistan listed, and was joined by some of the world’s most prominent and innovative companies – including Google, Facebook, Toyota and Nike – that are working to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.
“We are truly honored to receive this award, having pioneered a business model in Afghanistan that breaks down the traditional distinctions between commercial success and social contribution. For Roshan, Afghanistan’s development is more than just connected to our profit – it is inseparable,” said Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan.
“We believe that it is the responsibility of private enterprise to drive the change this country needs. Businesses operating here must be prepared to invest significantly in the development of Afghanistan and its next generation of leaders, as only then will the country have a chance to succeed,” Mr. Khoja added.
Roshan was chosen by FORTUNE for its “network of compassion” – expanding telecommunications access to more than 6.5 million Afghans, investing more than $600 million back into the country, working to improve communities particularly in the fields of Telemedicine and education, and becoming a “foundational cornerstone for a new, developing Afghanistan.”
FORTUNE also singled Roshan out for operating as an ethical and responsible enterprise, despite the challenges faced in conducting business in Afghanistan.