It will be a Royal engagement for three on Tuesday 8th July, as The Prince of Wales steps out with his two sons Prince William and Prince Harry, to attend the Business in the Community’s annual responsible business awards event.
As president of Business in the Community, The Prince of Wales will be accompanied to the Royal Albert Hall by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry as they attend the awards gala dinner.
Business in the Community (BITC) was established by Prince Charles back in 1982, and ever since His Royal Highness has been seeking to help businesses recognise their wider role in society. Charles has also been trying to see how businesses can help tackle some of the country’s most pressing social and environmental issues. A key issue for the charity is that they believe that being a responsible business goes far beyond their financial success and The Prince of Wales has believed in this for more than 30 years.
The Responsible Business Awards which are held annually celebrate those companies which have shown innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to corporate responsibility. The reason for the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s presence is to recognise the work being done by businesses to create employment opportunities for ex-service personnel, an important issue for both of the Princes.
Upon arrival to the Royal Albert Hall, Their Royal Highnesses will meet Captain Anthony Harris, a former Royal Fusilier, and the founder of Race2Recovery, an off-road racing team that provides opportunities for people who live with disabilities to participate in Motorsport. Jaguar Land Rover is sponsoring the awards this year after winning the BITC Responsible Business of the year 2013.
Jaguar Land Rover sponsoring the awards will be very special to Prince Harry in particular, the car company is also sponsoring the Invictus Games which is championed by Prince Harry; the first Games will be held in September. On the night of the awards, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, Dr Ralf Speth, will announce an extension to a programme they have on going which helps ex-service personnel prepare for manufacturing job opportunities.
Around 1400 guests will gather for the event, which is being hosted by David Walliams and Natalie Pinkham, and which will also see performances from the Military Wives Choir and George The Poet. The audience will then listen to Prince Charles’ s speech before the Prince meets regional ambassadors and announce the new Prince’s National Ambassador for Responsible Business.
Following the dinner there will be 13 awards given out in categories including, Santander Responsible Small Business Award, Dairy Crest Rural Action Award, Work Inclusion Award and the Inspiring Young Talent Award. The most prestigious award of the night will be the Responsible Business of the Year 2014.