Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of world's largest NGO Brac, has won the Laudato Si Award, a venture capital award for initiatives that tackle climate change, at the Vatican City.
Scott MacMillan, senior adviser for Brac USA, received the award on Tuesday night at Vatican City on the chairperson’s behalf.
Laudato Si - On Care For Our Common Home Award was launched by venture capitalists inspired by Pope Francis' 2015 papal letter on global warming. It recognizes innovators who contribute to unite humanity and change the way we approach enterprise with a set of three prizes.
In the letter, Pope Francis called for International dialogue to prevent ecological crisis. Laudato Si’ Challenge 2017 hopes to solve global environment crisis through developing sustainable ways to tackle and mitigate climate change.
In his reaction to the recognition, Abed expressed his gratitude to the pope.
“Forty-five years ago, I set out to change the conditions of my native Bangladesh permanently, by giving people in living in poverty the power to control their own lives and destinies. I founded Brac based on the belief that people living in poverty, if given the means to organise themselves, can change the course of history.
“We have achieved much, but there is more to be done. For the first time in history, the eradication of extreme poverty from the face of the planet is within our sight. Like His Holiness Pope Francis, I believe that proper care for the planet means proper care for the people who live on it, including the most vulnerable among us. My vision is of a world where even the poorest have the opportunity to lead lives of purpose and dignity.”
Other award winners include Huda Abuarquob in the individual category, and Sarara Camp in the enterprise category.