Corporate Responsibility

Guided by our strong corporate governance practices, we go beyond short-term profits, to enrich people’s lives by enabling them to ignite their power within. Corporate Responsibility in this regard works as the strategic tool for the company to facilitate sustainable development of the community we operate in, which in turn helps in the creation of the platform for sustainable business environment.
Robi focuses on ICT-Education to improve digital competence and inclusion of people, particularly the youth group. We are also keen to provide technology-based solutions for better healthcare and environmental management. In this way, Robi wants to continue its contribution towards sustainable social advancement by empowering people through unleashing their potentials. 

Gori Nijer Bhobishhot

“I have started my own business.” – Md. Imran Hossain
After my father’s death a year back, I had to drop out of school and start working in a small computer servicing center to support my family. When I came to know about ‘Gori Nijer Bhobishhot’ programme, I got myself admitted with support from my shop owner. After completing the 3-month training in Electronics, I took a small loan and started my own computer servicing center, earning more than Taka 7,000 a month. My life has changed, thanks to Robi and UCEP.
 
  “I now contribute financially to support my family.” – Salma Akter
I was married off when I was in class eight. My husband, a welder in the ship-cutting industry, is struggling to maintain the family and bear medical expenses of my mother-in-law. To support him, I joined ‘Gori Nijer Bhobishhot’ programme, and after completing Electronics training, I was placed as Assistant Technician in a Japanese company. I now earn Taka 4,460 per month, while receiving lunch, afternoon snacks and free transportation from the company. I am grateful to Robi and UCEP for giving me this opportunity.
“With my income, I can now continue my education, and open up my own mobile phone servicing shop.” – Md. Nasuruallah
Being the only earning member in a family of seven, my father, a tailor, was struggling to make ends meet while continue paying for my education. When I came to know about ‘Gori Nijer Bhobishhot’, I immediately joined the Mobile Phone Servicing training. I now earn more than Taka 5,000 a month by working in a mobile phone servicing center at Shah Amanat Market, and by servicing mobile phones in my neighborhood. Thanks to Robi and UCEP, I can now continue my education with my own income, and eventually I want to start my own servicing center.   
 
These are a few of the success stories of “Gori Nijer Bhobishhot” – the flagship CR project of Robi. In partnership with UCEP Bangladesh, we are providing “free” technical training to 500 underprivileged boys and girls in Chittagong, on mobile phone servicing, electronics, and sewing machine operation for RMG sector.
We have completed training of 100 students in the first batch, and another 200 students in the second batch are well on their way to complete technical education and start earning on their own. As a company that appeals to the inner conscience of people to Ignite the Power Within, we are truly humbled to see the project delivering on the promise to help the underprivileged youth to build their own future.

Internet4U


The consumer landscape has witnessed a major shift globally from voice to data-driven products and solutions. Bangladesh is no different. Although, internet penetration has seen a remarkable improvement since the launching of 3G services, it has been observed that awareness deficit remains among the youth to fully leverage on the power of Internet.
To bridge this gap, Robi launched “Internet4U” – a campaign for college and university students across the country, revealing to them “proper and safe” use of internet as a tool for networking, learning and development. Through interactive sessions and live demonstrations, students are shown the power of internet as a tool for self-education, skills development and employment, leading to a better life.
Sessions have been conducted with students of Barisal Amrita Lal Dey College, University of Barisal, Daffodil University Dhaka, Presidency University Dhaka and South East University Dhaka, as well as across Robi Internet Corners in the public libraries of Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal.   
 

Robi was the first operator in Bangladesh to have launched Free Basics, jointly with Facebook, whereby Robi users get “free” access to 22 popular websites without incurring any data charge for contents.

5,000 hours of free internet is provided to more than 16,000 users per year across seven Robi internet corners in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal.

10 Minute School

Technological innovations, digital inclusion, and affordable internet connectivity are continuously reinventing the way we learn. As a responsible telecom operator keen to promote ICT-based education as a tool for human development, Robi has joined hand with 10 Minute School – the first-ever online platform in the country to offer comprehensive solution for “free” in terms of:
  • Admission guidance and model test for all leading public and private universities in Bangladesh
  • Online courses, tutorials and quizzes on all subjects of the national curriculum for JSC, SSC and HSC students
  • Contents related to aptitude courses such as SAT, IELTS, GRE, GMAT etc.
Students can now learn and practice online, that too with fun and at their own pace. All they need are internet connections through smartphones, laptops or personal computers, and just 10 minutes of their spare time!
Robi believes inclusive platforms such as ‘10 Minute School’ can change the way we approach education by taking it to the fingertips of aspiring students who want to excel with access to quality education – regardless of their location, economic status or proximity to educational institutions.

Water for Life

Robi provides 5,000 liters of free drinking water per hour to more than 30,000 passengers and visitors through water treatment plants set-up in Dhaka (Kamlapur and Uttara), Chittagong, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Rangpur railway stations, in partnership with Bangladesh Railway and Water Aid.
Robi observed World Water Day on 22 March 2016, at Kamlapur and Airport Railway Stations in Dhaka – two of the seven major railway stations where Robi provides free drinking water for the passengers and the visitors. The objective of the campaign was to convey the importance of saving water for the future and appeal to our sense of responsibility as individuals to make a positive difference. Awareness messages were on display across the stations, while Robi volunteers engaged with people in the railway stations of various issues related to water wastage and water saving.  

Robir Alo

Robi is providing access-to-electricity to more than 4,000 people in the off-grid areas of Kurigram and Naikhonchhari, through solar home systems installed across 950 households. This has significantly reduced dependency on kerosene lamps after dark, thus lessening Green House Gas emission, while allowing the residents to use mobile handsets – thus greatly enhancing the quality of their lifestyle.  

Robi supports children with special needs


Robi has provided assistive devices and physiotherapy equipment to SEID (Society for Education & Inclusion of the Disabled) to help the organization address the physical challenges faced by the children with special needs. SEID is a non-government voluntary development organization that works for the rights and social inclusion of underprivileged children with intellectual and multiple disabilities, Autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. It has operations across three centers, providing assistance to more than 450 special-needs children from slum areas.
As a socially responsible company, Robi always proactively engages in activities that uphold social causes. In this spirit, Robi had designed its corporate diary for 2016 using the pictures that were drawn by the children of SEID, and Parents Forum for Differently Abled. The decision was specially taken to raise awareness on “Autism” in the society.

Standing by people during natural disasters


Robi stood by the victims of the flash flood in south-eastern region of the country in 2015. Robi was the first corporate house to have responded to this natural calamity. With the help of the Bangladesh Army’s 24th and 10th Divisions, Robi distributed relief items to more than 20,000 affected people in Bandarban, Cox’s Bazaar and Ramu.  
Robi’s parent company Axiata Group Berhad has signed up to the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter in 2015, launched by GSMA- the apex association of global mobile phone operators. As a signatory to this charter, Axiata Group is committed to support customers and responders before and during humanitarian emergencies with a common set of principles in all the countries it operates in.
Moreover, Robi regularly distributes blankets and warm clothes among the winter-stricken people in different districts of Bangladesh – especially the northern and southern regions of the country.

Robi support SDGs

Robi supports the UN declared Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
 
 
 
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