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The Prince of Wales attends a Business in the Community Leadership summit

5th February 2014

The Prince of Wales makes a speech at the Business in the Community Leadership summit. Photo copyright of Alastair Fyfe.

The Prince of Wales makes a speech at the Business in the Community Leadership summit. Photo copyright of Alastair Fyfe.

The Prince of Wales, President, Business in the Community (BITC) attended the BITC Leadership Summit at Tobacco Dock in London today.

His Royal Highness met young apprentices, young people from BITC's Youth panel, Business Connectors from communities across the country and over 400 business leaders from the companies taking part in the event to champion responsible business.

The leadership summit explored the new type of leadership and practical actions required by chief executives to establish a new contract between business and society.

Central to the discussion was a focus on the benefits of integrated reporting as well as the need to engage future leaders and members of public in pursuing a sustainable approach.  

Business in the Community has over 30 years experience championing responsible business, and works locally, nationally and internationally with businesses to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future.  Today, the charity has a membership of 800 companies and offers a range of services that challenge, support and inspire its members to transform for the better.  


A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the Business in the Community Leadership summit

Published on 5th February 2014

Ladies and gentlemen.

It is particularly splendid to see so many members of Business in the Community here today and particularly heartening that so many of you have remained such loyal members, despite the ravages of the recession. There were anxieties that quite a lot of you would disappear and not want to get involved while things were so difficult; but the fact that you've remained, so many of you, is remarkable I think, and an enormous credit to you.  Needless to say, I am much looking forward to listening to the report back session of my Seeing Is Believing programme later, which really has proved to be such an effective means of informing business leaders of their wider role in society.  Its success I think is down to those who run it and I would just like to thank the leaders of the 2013 programme ahead of our meeting.  Also, to thank Steve Holliday and the twelve Ambassadors he has led, who have helped demonstrate that the engagement work done by B.I.T.C. is key to defining the approach business has to take if we are to create responsible business leaders of the future.   And I cannot let this opportunity go by without also thanking Mark Price and the Board he has chaired so brilliantly for all that they have achieved with B.I.T.C.   And I am delighted that we have persuaded Mark to remain as chairman, at least for a short while yet!  I am particularly grateful to Mark and the business contributors to my Countryside Fund whose cause-related marketing efforts since 2010 have enabled grants worth £3.87 million to over ...

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