Taking up the challenges of Laudato si’, The Laudato si’ Challenge (presented by Uulala) seeks to sustainably improve the lives of 10 million people excluded from Our Common Home by 2020—anticipating the SDG2030 objective of leaving no one behind—through businesses that are: sustainable and ethical.
The UNHCR Global Trends report finds over 68 million people were displaced from their homes by conflict, persecution, environmental degradation and lack of economic opportunity in 2017. This is the highest number of displaced people in recorded history.
Despite the scope and urgency of this humanitarian crisis, we have successfully resettled a small number of those in need. There are "two faces" to the issue: helping these people remain in their original, ancestral homes and, if that is not possible: helping them survive, and thrive, in their new locations.
Taking up the Challenges of Laudato si', The 2018 Laudato si' Challenge (presented by Uulala) calls on entrepreneurs—of all faiths, from all continents—to sustainably improve the lives of 10 million people excluded from Our Common Home by 2020 through businesses that are: sustainable and ethical.
In 2017, we launched the inaugural Laudato Si' Challenge, in honor of His Holiness Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical ("On Care for Our Common Home") to address climate change and forced displacement:
our 2018 vision
Taking up the challenges of Laudato si’, The Laudato si’ Challenge seeks to sustainably improve the lives of 10 million people excluded from Our Common Home by 2020—anticipating the SDG2030 objective of leaving no one behind—through businesses that are sustainable and ethical.
We will work towards this goal along two parallel, complimentary tracks:
Commitments to Impact: At The 2018 Laudato si’ Challenge final event in Rome in December, we will announce major “Commitments to Impact.” These are new, specific and measurable commitments that contribute to our goal of sustainably improving the lives of 10 million people excluded from Our Common Home by 2020.
Support of the Top Companies. Our North Star Metric is: the number of forcibly-displaced people, whose lives have improved in an ethical and sustainable way. We will choose companies based on their traction on this metric—and their ability to scale it. Then, through its partnership with LITA.co, The Laudato Si' Challenge will provide grants to each company, in addition to mentorship + ecosystem support to help them scale their impact to help us reach our goal of sustainably improving the lives of 10 million people excluded from Our Common Home by 2020. We will invite 10 companies to present their solutions at our final event in Rome in December.
the 2018 TIMELINE
June 13: Official call for entries at The Forbes Impact Summit, in New York City.
June - September: From the pool of applications, a committee of 10 judges—comprised of recognized ethicists and professional businesspeople—select businesses that most effectively and sustainably improve the lives of refugees, migrants and internally-displaced people, while embodying the principles of what His Holiness Pope Francis calls a "social economy," one that works for everyone, everywhere.
October 1: The top 16 companies announced.
October 10: The final 12 companies announced.
November 12: Launch of the donation campaign on the LITA.co platform. Through this partnership, The Laudato Si' Challenge Foundation will provide grants to each of the businesses, as well as ecosystem support to scale their solutions via The Laudato Si' Challenge community of investors and partners.
December 4: The top 10 companies will present their solutions to 80 leaders in the public, private and faith-based sectors, at our final event in Rome in December. "Commitments to Impact" will be announced.
JUDGING COMMITTEE Members
The following leaders reviewed the top 55 applicants in selecting the final enterprises:
Vilas Dhar, Founder, Next Mile Project