Kate, Princess of Wales, has brought together some of the biggest firms working in the UK to discuss why the issue of the early childhood and creating a nurturing world around young families is so critical for business.
Kate arrives for Business Taskforce for Early Childhood meet
For this key appointment, the Princess of Wales wore an ivory jacket designed by Alexander McQueen above a matching blouse, which she paired with black trousers and stiletto heels.
Kate brought together some of the biggest firms in the UK, including NatWest, Unilever, Aviva, Deloitte, IKEA, Co-op, The LEGO Group and Iceland, to join this group of like-minded businesses when it comes to the early years and their importance for society.
Kensington Palace described the taskforce as “run by business, for business” and said it will play a key role in the Princess of Wales’s work to transform the way in which society prioritises and supports children in their earliest years.
The royal is determined to transform the way society views the importance of the first five years in the life of children not just for their development but to create a healthy society.
Kate delivered a speech during this morning’s meeting
Kate headed to the City of London this morning
Kate donned a Alexander McQueen blazer this morning
Kate hosted her first Business Taskforce meeting this morning
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Given the essential role the business community play in the growth of the economy and shaping of the society, as well as its interest in developing a strong workforce, Kate decided to involve companies worth tens of billions of pounds to affect positive long-term change.
The taskforce, Kensington Palace said, will work to engage and support the business sector on the issue of early childhood and will help steer how the wider business community can build a supportive and nurturing world around children and those who care for them.
Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales said ahead of this morning’s pivotal meeting: “We all have a role to play in building a supportive and nurturing world around children and those who care for them, and it is fantastic to see business leaders placing the subject of early childhood at the heart of their organisations.
“Businesses play a key role within society and with their huge reach to their employees, consumer and the wider community, their involvement can have a transformative impact on the health and happiness of generations to come.”
Kate launched the Centre for Early Childhood in 2021
Kate has been focusing on the issue of the early years for more than a decade
“This is a critical issue for the future growth and success of our businesses, our economy and our society.
“As business leaders, we have an important responsibility to the colleagues, customers and communities we serve.
“This Taskforce can deliver positive change by bringing together a wealth of experience across the private sector to help provide the support and resources that young children and their carers need to thrive.”
Kate donned a trousers suit today
While this is the first time the princess heads to the city for a similar engagement, today isn’t the first high-profile meeting she holds to keep the spotlight on the early years.
In January, she gathered at Windsor Castle experts from across academia, science and the early childhood sector in the first meeting of her Advisory Group, created to offer strategic advice and provide oversight of the work of the Centre for Early Childhood.
The creation of this taskforce comes just weeks after Kate launched and spearheaded Shaping Us, a long-term campaign which aims at showing how everybody in society, and not just parents and carers, have a role to play in building a supportive and nurturing world for children and those taking care of them.
Kate has long been interested in the impact the first five years of life have on the development of healthy and successful individuals.
Kate gathered several business leaders in her taskforce
Over the years, the royal has deepened her understanding of the issues and perks related to creating a nurturing society for youngsters, meeting behind the scenes with experts and working with her patronages.
In January 2020, she launched a successful nationwide survey to learn what Britons thought of the early years, the results of which, combined with case studies and research, were shared at an online event hosted by the Royal Foundation.
In the summer of 2021, Kate launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which focuses on driving awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK