Hull was nominated for his work as US Secretary of State. Before the war he had worked for better relations with Latin America and to reduce international trade restrictions. Most important to the nominator was, however, Hull's contribution in the founding of the United Nations. He was crucial to the process that led to the Dumbarton Oaks proposal for a new world organization in 1944.
The Red Cross was nominated for its efforts to further solidarity, brotherhood and humanity through its work for injured soldiers and prisoners of war.