Our History

Partnerships. Dialogue. Collaboration.

About BCUN

The Business Council for the United Nations (BCUN) was founded in 1958 by Captain Richard P. Munger, with the blessing of then UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, to build support for the UN among business leaders and employers of major US corporations. In 1999, BCUN joined UNA-USA as a division of the advocacy organzation. BCUN enjoyed the early support of leaders such as former UN Secretary-General U Thant, and US Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman. 

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 UN 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.