The United Nations and Business

In 2001 the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals with a deadline to achieve them by 2015. As a direct result the relationship between the United Nations and Business has steadily grown in order to meet these goals, and the United Nations has created or expanded a number of instruments through which to foster business alliances.

The UN Global Compact, a strategic policy initiative, has encouraged working with businesses that adhere to ten universal principles such as human rights, labor, and anti-corruption. The the UN Office for Partnerships engages with corporations to establish alliances that will further those goals. While the UN Foundation, which was created through a one billion dollar donation by Ted Turner in 1998, actively partners with businesses with the aim of solving global issues such children's health and sustainable development. And the Business Council of the United Nations looks for business opportunities and promotes action

The UN also works with business groups that share their goals such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which was actually born out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, better known as the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. It is a CEO led association of companies that provides a platform for businesses to focus on sustainable development and share their expertise. The UN also has an active dialogue with the International Chamber of Commerce.

For Businesses seeking opportunities to work with the United Nations, the UN Development Business publication is a good source for information on the goods, services and projects currently financed by the United Nations, governments and leading development banks.

Online, the United Nations Procurement Division and the UN Global Marketplace websites are the main points of contact for any business seeking to begin a working relationship with the United Nations.