TAKING UP THE CHALLENGES OF POPE FRANCIS’ ENCYCLICAL LAUDATO SI’…
The 2019 Laudato sì Challenge seeks to prevent forced displacement by empowering one million families to remain in their homes by 2021—supporting the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals “as a human dignity narrative, that leaves no one behind.”
By focusing on prevention, we are addressing forced displacement at its root causes: poverty, persecution, conflict—and environmental degradation.
We are pursuing our mission along two tracks:
1. identifying and supporting high-quality, later-stage enterprise solutions; and,
2. securing new, specific and measurable “Commitments to Impact.”
Yes. Business can be a force for good.
Yes, purpose and profit can co-exist—and even co-catalyze.
Yes, the public, private and faith sectors can work together, and benefit one another, as we build a world that leaves no one behind.
The World Bank report, Groundswell—Preparing for Internal Climate Migration, concludes that climate change could transform more than 143 million people into “climate migrants” escaping crop failure, water scarcity and sea-level rise. On December 3, 2018, The World Bank committed to investing and mobilizing $200 billion over five years to combat climate change.
We need to help people remain in their homes by caring for our Common Home.
We believe in co-creating solutions among the public, private and faith-based sectors. We believe that through scaling innovative, sustainable business—and major Commitments to Impact—we can help people remain in their homes and avoid the social, economic and environmental crisis of forced displacement. And, we believe that while much divides us, we can all agree that helping people remain where they want to be—in their original homes—is good for everyone: governments, local economies and most of all, the families themselves.
You can be part of the solution in two ways:
If you are interested in aligning business interests and helping empower people to remain in their homes, by making a new, specific and measurable “Commitment to Impact,” then let's explore a mutually-beneficial partnership.
If you have an innovative, sustainable business that helps prevent forced displacement — and you have been in business for at least three years and/or have at least $500,000/year in revenue, then please apply. We will welcome the best enterprise solutions to our final event in Vatican City in December.