Britain’s Prince Charles will host a meeting of the heads of some of the world’s leading companies on Thursday as part of his campaign to promote a sustainable economic future and ahead of their meeting with G7 leaders, his office said.
Charles, who has spent much of his life advocating for companies and governments to raise awareness of the environment, will meet with CEOs at Bank of America, AstraZeneca, HSBC, NatWest and Heathrow Airport, among others.
“We have a potentially breakthrough opportunity to advance the government, business and private sector partnerships that are absolutely critical if we are to win the battle against climate change and biodiversity loss,” Charles is likely to tell his office.
“If we don’t use private sector resources, innovation and funding more effectively, we simply don’t stand a chance.”
Attendees at the event at St. James’s Palace in central London will be representatives of more than 300 global business leaders who have joined a “Coalition of the Willing” brought together by the Prince as part of his sustainable markets initiative launched last year .
The meeting will also be attended by John Kerry, the US climate commissioner, and UK COP26 President Alok Sharma.
It comes a day before the board chairs hold their first official face-to-face meeting with G7 leaders who are gathering in Cornwall, south-west England to focus on building a sustainable future, the prince’s office said.
At this meeting, business leaders will propose three initiatives to accelerate investment in low-carbon, sustainable projects and promote innovative programs to meet climate change goals.
“The private sector is playing a vital role in accelerating the transition to clean green technologies and creating the jobs of the future, and I am delighted that so many large companies are coming together under the Prince of Wales initiative to support this do, “said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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