“If we make something our own, it is only to administer it for the good of all. If we do not, we burden our consciences with the weight of having denied the existence of others.”
— His Holiness Pope Francis, Laudato sì (Chapter 2, paragraph 94)

In order to achieve our goal of addressing forced displacement by empowering one million vulnerable families s by 2021, we are securing new, specific, measurable and accountable Commitments to Impact. Several commitments leverage new resources through cross-sector partnerships, with commitment-makers combining efforts to expand their impact.

Laudato si’ Challenge Commitments to Impact must fulfill four key criteria:


A LSC commitment must be a new initiative that directly addresses the crisis of forced displacement. Ongoing work is not eligible, but an expansion of a successful program with key new elements does qualify as a valid Commitment to Impact.


A LSC commitment must outline a specific approach to a problem, have clear and feasible objectives to be accomplished within a defined period of time, and articulate the desired outcome of the effort.


A LSC commitment must have specific quantitative goals that can be monitored by the commitment maker to evaluate progress over time.


A LSC commitment must track quantitative and qualitative progress and report bi-annually to The Laudato si’ Challenge to show the extent of the Commitment’s impact.

Here are the 2019 Laudato sì Challenge Commitments to Impact:

2019 COMMITMENTS to impact

AIRBNB believes in a world where anyone can belong anywhere, including those in the greatest need of a comfortable, welcoming place to call home. Our Commitment to Impact to The 2019 Laudato si’ Challenge is to house 65,000 displaced people -- including those affected by conflict, climate, disasters and illness -- by 2022. Additionally, in 2020, we will expand our efforts in Latin America by bringing our Open Homes program for refugees to more countries in the region, housing 1,000 displaced people in Ecuador, and training refugee entrepreneurs to become Airbnb Experience hosts in Brazil.” —Maggie Carr, Social Impact and Philanthropy, Airbnb

“To help fulfill The 2019 Laudato si’ Challenge mission to prevent forced displacement, MANDULIS ENERGY commits to working with a funding partner and a faith-sector partner, to help 200,000 farming families, in sub-Saharan Africa — beginning with Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana — to improve their incomes, and to access affordable, reliable and sustainable energy, so that they may remain where they want to be: their homes.” — Peter Nyeko, CEO, Mandulis Energy

“Access to clean water is one of the largest drivers of forced migration, yet it has a feasible solution. AQUS is committed to both short (disaster relief) and long term (microenterprises) solutions to ensure access to clean water. Through collaboration with the Laudato Si' Challenge community, Aqus commits to providing 500,000 people with access to clean water within 72 hours of a natural disaster. By 2020, Aqus will empower 50,000 female entrepreneurs to establish microenterprises, improving access to clean water, increasing household income, and catalyzing the next generation of changemakers -- as we build a world that leaves no one behind.” —Kevin Kassel, CEO, Aqus

UULALA commits to leveraging our blockchain technology to include one million unbanked migrants and refugees in Latin America into the global economy by 2020.” —Oscar Garcia, CEO, Uulala

SMART YIELDS commits to helping 100 farming communities and 1,000,000 food insecure by connecting farming communities through shared data and value processing by solving workforce development though food." —Vincent Kimura, CEO, Smart Yields

“HERE GLOBAL RELIEF digital treatment technology commits to empowering 1 million vulnerable people, through conflict resolution, by 2021--in partnership with one leading corporation, in confederation with one humanitarian organization (such as The Jesuit Refugee Service,) and in union with God’s Infinite Grace for the triumph of humanity. —Laurie Ann Levin, Founder & CEO, HereGlobalRelief.org

“ORACLE is proud to make the following Commitment to Impact as we help put the principles of Laudato sì into action: Oracle commits to provide a unique business accelerator program to reach at least 50,000 youth entrepreneurs by 2021, as a way to prevent forced displacement the world over by enabling employment opportunities, and creating a mutually beneficial business-building partnerships for startups, our customers, and Oracle. It starts with free cloud credits and expands to a rich collaboration with opportunities to engage with Oracle’s vast network of mentors, product experts, and customers. Together we hope to create a virtuous cycle of innovation, business outcomes, and uplifting humanity in a manner that eliminates human suffering and poverty proactively and permanently. Through the use of innovative technologies like Blockchain, AI, and Analytics, Oracle wants to solve billion-dollar food industry production problem, revitalize our planet by promoting the use of renewable energy, and enable equitable distribution of relief services to deprived areas, so that we may come together to build a world "that leaves no one behind." —Sarabjeet (Jay) Singh Chugh, Senior Director of Products

"With the support of The Laudato si' Challenge ecosystem and a $5M pledge, THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE commits to reaching at least 500,000 displaced and asylum-seekers seeking safety, an understanding of their rights and access to life-saving and life-sustaining services from the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras), through Mexico and inside the United States over three years” —David Miliband, CEO, IRC

“By 2020, HAU THERAPEUTICS commit to providing clinically-effective mental heath care to 50,000 adolescent and youth refugees and internally-displaced people and their parents, as the pilot for a 2021 rollout to 500,000 adolescent and youth refugees and internally-displaced people and their parents, and 45 million in 2025.” —Jennifer Paradis Behle, Founder & CEO, HAU Therapeutics

"AMPLIO RECRUITING makes the following Commitment to Impact to The Laudato si' Challenge: we commit to employing 50,000 refugees by 2025, providing them stability and dignity through work, so that they be the protagonist in their own solution. In addition, AMPLIO VENTURES commits to investing $100 million by 2030 into refugee-led and refugee-powered companies across the globe. We call on The Laudato si' Challenge community to stand in solidarity with us, so that we may build a world "that leaves no one behind." —Chris Chancey, CEO, Amplio Ventures

"With support from the LSC ecosystem, SIGLO commits to connect 100,000 underserved homes in LATAM by end of 2020 and one million homes in emerging markets by 2023 through a community-built & operated internet so we may 'build a world that leaves no one behind" —Serry Osmena, Innovation Officer, Siglo

With the support of The Laudato si' Challenge ecosystem, by 2021, BOX.ORG commits to empowering, through technology, 100 for-profit and NGO's working to prevent forced displacement and the people it burdens-- Together we'll 'build a world that leaves no one behind". —Bryan Breckenridge, Senior Director & Executive Director, Box.org

ICON is honored to participate in The Laudato sì Challenge and is committed to creating 10 beautiful and dignified 3D-printed homes for families who are vulnerable to forced migration. We hope to see this scale from there and we call upon The Laudato sì Challenge, its partners and the Church to help us fulfill this important commitment by 2021, as we come together to ‘build a world that leaves no one behind.’” —Evan Loomis, Co-Founder, ICON

"DRAPER ASSOCIATES is proud to make the following Commitment to Impact to The Laudato Challenge as we help put the principles of Laudato si' into action: Draper University commits to preventing forced displacement by empowering one million vulnerable people with the business skills to be, as Pope Francis says, 'the protagonist in their own solution'. We call on the church and the Laudato si' Challenge community of partners to help us fulfill this Commitment by 2023." —Tim Draper, Founder & CEO, Draper Associates

BNP PARIBAS has the ambition to contribute to more sustainable and better-shared growth and aims in particular to reach by 2020 a total volume of 1 million paid solidarity hours worldwide; In this framework, BNP Paribas will support one or more social enterprise winners of the Laudato sì Challenge with strategic guidance or other staff volunteering initiatives  subject to accurate due diligence. BNP Paribas is fully committed to bring a better future. We want to be the Bank that supports innovation and solutions that build a world leaving no one behind”. —Claudia Belli, Head Social Entreprises and MicrofinanceBNP Paribas

"THE INTERNATIONAL BATESON INSTITUTE commits to help prevent forced displacement by hosting 25 Warm Data Labs around the world, by 2021, to better understand the interdependencies and systemic issues of forced displacement--and to develop a clear action plan based on our findings, so that we may help to build a world that leaves no one behind." —Nora Bateson, Founder, International Bateson Institute

Make a commitment to impact

If you would like to make a new, specific, measurable and accountable "Commitment to Impact" and join The 2019 Laudato si' Challenge ecosystem to prevent forced displacement by helping empower one million families to remain in their homes by 2021, we welcome a discussion:

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