UNIAPAC is a federation of associations, an international meeting place for Christian Business Leaders. Its full name is the “International Christian Union of Business Executives”. Originally created in 1931 in Europe, it is an international non-profit association headquartered in Paris.
UNIAPAC gathers today Christian Business Leaders Associations in 36 countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. UNIAPAC represents 16.000 very active business executives around the world, working in various leading sectors of the world economy.
It is an oecumenical organization. Inspired by the Christian Social Thought, its goal is to promote amongst business leaders the vision and implementation of an economy serving the human person and the Common Good of humanity at large.
UNIAPAC was born in 1931 as “Conférences Internationales des Associations de Patrons Catholiques”, between federations of Dutch, Belgian and French Catholic Employers,and with observers from Italy, Germany and Czechoslovakia, on the occasion of the 40 th anniversary of the Encyclical “Rerum Novarum” in Roma. After World War II, UNIAPAC enlarged to other European countries and to Latin-American Countries and changed its first name for, in French, ‘UNion Internationale des Associations PAtronales Catholiques’, with the initials UNIAPAC (1949).
In 1962 , UNIAPAC becomes an ecumenical association under the new denomination “International Christian Union of Business Executives”, conserving its initials. UNIAPAC gathers today Christian Business Leaders Associations in 36 countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. UNIAPAC represents 16.000 very active business executives around the world, working in various leading sectors of the world economy.
Uniapac advocates for a free economy based upon the respect of the person paramount dignity and the sense of Common Good. The President of Uniapac International is Mr. José Maria Simone.
The purpose of UNIAPAC is to unite, guide and motivate business leaders so that, in the light of Christian Social Thought, they commit themselves to:
- Their personal FORMATION.
- The TRANSFORMATION of their companies and their businesses’ environment, and the contribution to the construction of a fairer and more humane society.
- To serve as a link between Christian associations of business executives across the world, to promote and facilitate exchanges between them and to furnish a common mouthpiece if and when the need arises.
- To support the activities of these national and regional associations. To sponsor the founding of Christian associations of business executives, where none exists.
- To represent the member associations in the International Institutions dealing with global economic and social issues.
- More generally, to seize any opportunity and to promote any venture which will contribute to the realisation of the objectives listed above.