The unique model under which BRAC enterprises operate has evolved as completely home-grown and in isolation from the international dialogue regarding social enterprises. The 'BRAC model' comprises of a collaborative network of enterprises, development programmes and investments – all of which together serve the comprehensive vision and objective of BRAC, i.e. to empower the poor, alleviate social/environmental imbalance and enhance financial sustainability. The BRAC development programmes are dedicated toward fulfilling BRAC’s social and philanthropic missions and are run as fully-funded, non-surplus ventures. While the BRAC enterprises are mostly incepted as a support mechanism that allows the development programmes to be sustainable, the surplus-generating model of the BRAC enterprises allow for 50 per cent of the surplus from the enterprises to support BRAC’s expenditures, including its development programmes that are often run at very high costs, and the remaining 50 per cent to be re-invested in the enterprises themselves, and as a result reduce the need for external funding. The BRAC Investments unit comprises of financially profitable investments and financial service businesses that are geared toward generating financial returns while adhering to underlying social causes such as low-income housing, microfinance, small enterprise loans, information technology, clean development mechanism (CDM) etc. Dividends from BRAC investments support the financial sustenance of both BRAC enterprises and development programmes by acting as a hedge or safety net against future liquidity crisis. The synergetic effect of this integrated model has contributed significantly in reducing BRAC’s dependency on donors and external funding.

 

Aarong

Aarong

Harnessing the skills of 65,000 artisans across Bangladesh through a vast network of rural production centres and independent producers. Aarong is one of the country's largest lifestyle retail chains.

BRAC Artificial Insemination

BRAC Artificial Insemination

Providing insemination services to cattle farmers to boost local income and milk production, to optimise on gains made by introducing higher quality cow breeds. BRAC Artificial Insemination employs a total of 2,200 trained insemination workers across the country.

BRAC Chicken

BRAC Chicken

Supplying high quality dressed chicken and value-added frozen food products to a range of clients and retailers. BRAC Chicken operates one of the largest automated poultry processing plants in the country.

BRAC Cold Storage

BRAC Cold Storage

Storing the harvested yields of potato farmers to ensure that none of their hard work goes to waste. BRAC Cold Storage ensures freshness not only by storing produce, but also by integrating farmers with the potato processing industry.

BRAC Dairy

BRAC Dairy

Ensuring fair prices for over 50,000 farmers across Bangladesh and providing a wide variety of high quality dairy products to urban consumers. BRAC Dairy is the third largest milk processor in the country, with operations spanning the entire dairy value chain.

BRAC Fisheries

BRAC Fisheries

Harnessing the potential of Bangladesh’s ponds for commercial fish farming. BRAC Fisheries is the market leader for all of the products it offers, as well as the leading wholesale fish food supplier in regional markets.

BRAC Nursery

BRAC Nursery

Providing access to high quality seedlings and promoting tree plantation across the country. BRAC Nursery has been awarded first prize in the NGO category in the National Tree Fair for the last nine years.

BRAC Printing Pack

BRAC Printing Pack

Producing flexible packaging material for food items, processed edibles and agricultural inputs. BRAC Printing Pack is one of the most significant competitors in the country’s packaging industry.

BRAC Recycled Handmade Paper

Recycled Handmade Paper

Pioneering recycled handmade paper products in Bangladesh, by turning a wide variety of discarded materials into items such as envelopes, gift boxes and photo frames. BRAC Recycled Handmade Paper employs 100 women.

BRAC Salt

BRAC Salt

Ensuring a steady supply of iodised salt to fight a deficiency that many people living in rural areas suffer from. BRAC Salt ensures steady incomes for a wide network of local salt farmers.

BRAC Seed and Agro

BRAC Seed and Agro

Processing, marketing and distributing high quality seeds through an extensive network of farmers, dealers and retailers across Bangladesh. BRAC Seed and Agro is the largest private sector seed producer in the country.

BRAC Sanitary Napkin and Delivery Kit

BRAC Sanitary Napkin and Delivery Kit

Producing safe, hygienic and handmade sanitary napkins to allow women to attend work and school regularly, as well as delivery kits and medical kits to facilitate safe births. BRAC Sanitary Napkin and Delivery Kit employs 170 women.

BRAC Sericulture

BRAC Sericulture

Pioneering silk production in Bangladesh, we engage women living in rural poverty in every operational stage of the silk-making process. BRAC Sericulture’s beautiful fabric is sold in Aarong and in trade fairs.

 

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Contact us

Bangladesh/Headquarters: BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265. E-mail: info@brac.net