Banglalink wins Best Sustainability Excellence Initiative award

The award hand over ceremony.Courtesy

Banglalink has won the 'Best Sustainability Excellence Initiative' award in the 'Disaster Response' category at the 'Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards 2023,' jointly presented by The Daily Star and CSR Window Bangladesh.

This prestigious award recognizes Banglalink’s contribution to societal welfare through the innovative integration of an Early Warning System within the MyBL Super App during Cyclone Mocha, which struck Bangladesh earlier this year, according to a press release.

Erik Aas, CEO, and Taimur Rahman, Chief Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Officer of Banglalink, received the award on behalf of the organization at a ceremony held at Le Méridien Dhaka. The recognition represents Banglalink’s enduring commitment to innovative corporate social responsibility initiatives.

The Cyclone Tracker, a digital resource integrated within MyBL, allowed smartphone users to determine their location in relation to the cyclone's path, enabling them to take necessary precautions and protect themselves from the impending storm and take timely evasive action.

Additionally, Banglalink mobilized 4G resources and specialized personnel to ensure uninterrupted connectivity, providing real-time updates and warnings through the MyBL app for smartphone users and via SMS for those with feature phones.

Beyond the quantitative impact, the most crucial aspect of the project is the number of lives saved and positively influenced by the early warning system. Banglalink's initiative provided communities with the opportunity to prepare for and find refuge during Cyclone Mocha, ultimately safeguarding lives and minimizing the cyclone's devastating effects.

Erik Aas, Chief Executive Officer of Banglalink, said, “We care about the community we operate in and are committed to improving lives in all spheres. We strive to accelerate the growth of our community alongside that of our company. The Early Warning System played a crucial role in providing advance notice of the cyclone's location and impact. With this award serving as a testament to our commitment so far, we will continue creating innovative solutions for the betterment of communities and society at large.”