PRESS RELEASE: Ahead of this year’s critically important COP26 meeting, The Prince of Wales will deliver the opening keynote at Reuters Events Responsible Business 2021, urging business to commit to taking bold action on climate and biodiversity

Reuters Events Sustainable Business is delighted to announce HRH The Prince of Wales will provide the opening keynote at this year’s Reuters Events Responsible Business 2021.

Earlier this year The Prince launched the Terra Carta that seeks voluntary commitments from CEOs and organisations around the globe to support action and international agreements on climate, biodiversity, desertification and help lead the global sustainability transition.

“We are at a critical juncture in the history of world. We have to halve global GHG emissions, and invest nearly $7 trillion per year, throughout the next 10 years to ensure we meet the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Whilst this presents challenges to industries and business across the globe, this transformation of business, society and our natural world also presents us with a once-in-a-lifetime innovation opportunity. We are thrilled that The Prince of Wales will be providing the opening keynote at this year’s Responsible Business 2021 and urge business to take action and put nature at the heart of future business strategies,” says Liam Dowd, Managing Director – Sustainable Business, Reuters Events.

Reuters Events Responsible Business 2021 will be taking place online from the 1-3 June 2021. For over 20 years the event has been a place where leaders from across the globe share new ideas and shape the future of sustainable business. Drawing on Reuters Events global reach and voices from across the world, the 2021 event will share strategies and solutions on how business can innovate, invest, and collaborate to lead the sustainability transition.

Responsible Business 2021 will convene over 5,000 senior business executives across a three-day virtual business forum. Other global leaders speaking at the event, alongside HRH The Prince of Wales, include:

• Roberto Marques, CEO, Natura Group
• Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance, Luxembourg
• Satya Tripathi, Assistant – Secretary General, United Nations
• Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator, Rhode Island
• Suzanne DiBianca, EVP, Corporate Relations and Chief Impact Officer, Salesforce
• Tina Bru, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway
• Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments, Belgium
• Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO, BNP Paribas USA
• Rt Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
• Hon Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia
• Mark Versey, CEO, Aviva Investors

The three-day virtual event will be broadcast across three different time zones – APAC, EMEA and Americas – to provide global discussions with localised solutions. More information about Responsible Business 2021 can be found here.

Reuters Events Sustainable Business aim is to help businesses around the globe do the right thing by their customers and the world. Reuters Events was created in October 2019 after Thomson Reuters acquired FC Business Intelligence. It delivers high-end conferences and exhibitions to diverse sectors including energy, sustainability, insurance, pharmaceuticals, transportation, travel, strategy and technology. Reuters Events offerings help senior business professionals stay at the forefront of change through insight sharing and networking with peers.

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