The U.S. invests in the United Nations to achieve its foreign policy goals, but the return on investment goes beyond advancing global peace and security — we also see a tangible economic benefit here at home.
Recent Better World Campaign research found that American companies were awarded $1.64 billion in contracts with the United Nations in 2018, by far the most of any country around the world. Since 2010, U.S. companies have received over $10 billion in procurement contracts with the UN.
The businesses provide a range of goods and services, including telecommunications, financial services, construction, food production, and production of armored vehicles.
Eighty-four Senators and 217 members of the House of Representatives have companies headquartered in their district or state that are directly benefiting from doing business with the UN. The top five states benefiting from contracts with the UN include New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland and Washington D.C.
Income generated by American companies with contracts with the UN by state for 2017 and 2018:
A sampling of contracts across the U.S.: