In 1958, Charlie Dent, Rip Munger, Roger Enloe and Al Teichmeier, founded UN WE BELIEVE. The organization focused on engaging business and labor union leaders in support of the UN, the only international organization that had the power to promote peace and “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Their emphasis on business leaders came from a contemporary study which found that corporations had tremendous influence on public opinion. The four founders believed that the reach and influence of business could be harnessed to advance the goals of the United Nations.
UN WE Believe was dedicated to promoting the principles of the United Nations Charter. It helped broaden awareness of the purpose of the UN over three decades with UN ambassadors, foreign ministers, U.S. presidents, and leaders of business, industry and labor. UN WE BELIEVE enjoyed the support of leaders such as former UN Secretaries-General Dag Hammorskjold, U Thant , Kurt Waldheim, and US Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Lyndon B Johnson & George H.W. Bush . UN WE Believe’s first President was founder, Roger Enloe, who served in that role for 26 years.
In 1984, to more accurately represent its purpose and work, UN We Believe changed its name to the Business Council for the UN or BCUN. In 2010, BCUN became a program of the United Nations Foundation.
Today, the Business Council for the United Nations connects forward-thinking businesses with the reach and power of the UN to support collaboration toward achieving a safer, more prosperous and equitable world.
About the United Nations Foundation
When disaster strikes, the world turns to one organization for hope, help, leadership, and coordination: the United Nations. When there is peace to keep between warring factions, the world asks the UN to mobilize peacekeepers, oversee elections, and create stability. In the face of challenges such as climate change, disease or poverty, the United Nations provides the platform for international cooperation.
The United Nations is the one international organization with the reach and vision capable of solving global problems.
The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.