Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd. (Roshan)


Kabul, Kabul


About Roshan

Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan's leading total communications provider with over six million active subscribers and a network that provides coverage to over 65 percent of the population in all 230 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 over $550 million in Afghanistan and is the country's single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately five of the Afghan government's overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs more than 1,200 people, 20 percent of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 40,000 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 a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building 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.

For Roshan, becoming a B Corp certifies that an Afghan company has met and exceeded international standards for ethical and sustainable operations. It also demonstrates how companies in emerging markets are leading the way in developing profitable business models based on integrated economic, social and environmental values.

The Change We Seek®

Afghanistan is one of the poorest and most insecure countries in the world. Over 30 years of armed conflict has limited access to technology, education, economic opportunity, and basic infrastructure for most Afghans. Roshan seeks to be a key driver in the reconstruction of Afghanistan by investing in the communities in which it operates. This includes building communications infrastructure and delivering mobile products and services that connect Afghans to each other and to the world.

Profits are reinvested in healthcare, education, and social welfare, creating a cycle that supports sustainable economic growth in Afghanistan. Impacts include greater business opportunities for women who have been historically excluded from economic participation and greater educational opportunities for the children and youth who make up fifty percent of Afghanistan’s population.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2012

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Employees: Pays all employees at least 189% above the minimum wage; Extends health benefits to workers’ immediate families; Offers subsidized transportation and meals, access to local medical services; Pays for employee training; Offers 2+ months maternity leave

Community: Screens significant suppliers, distributors and retailers for specific negative practices; Visits 80% of significant suppliers; Hires 65% of non-managerial workers from chronically under-employed communities; Provides support for local schools/community centers; Provides disaster aid for weather-related events

Environment: Recycles and reuses materials on premises; Chooses buildings based on sustainability considerations; Uses energy-savings strategies on-site

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