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Meet the speakers and industry innovators at the SiLC 22 networking party

Tue 26 Apr 2022 | 05:18 pm GMT
Rob Hutchins | Products of Change Writer

The Sustainability in Licensing Conference takes place at the Royal Geographical Society in London on June 22

The Products of Change and Sustainability in Licensing Conference teams will be hosting a post-conference networking party when sessions draw to a close at the Royal Geographical Society this June 22, giving SiLC attendees the perfect chance to mingle with industry innovators and the event’s speaker line-up. We recognise that after a full day of insight and education, the first thing you’re going to want is a moment to digest, discuss, and reconnect with colleagues and like-minded industry folk. And – in partnership with our Event Reception Sponsor, Brand Licensing Europe - we are only too happy to oblige. Attendees will be able to catch up with the Sustainability in Licensing Conference’s line-up of influential speakers; swap ideas and business cards, and contemplate a regenerative future of the licensing industry all within the grounds of the prestigious Royal Geographical Society, an establishment that since its foundation in 1830, has worked to advance geographical science around the world. Products of Change members – don’t forget that you can receive a 20 per cent discount on your live event tickets for the Sustainability in Licensing Conference (priced at £275) and a 20 per cent discount on your Two Day Brand and Licensing Innovation Summit and Sustainability in Licensing Conference tickets (priced at £525) simply by following this link. A 20 per cent discount also applied for all Products of Change members joining us for the live-streamed digital version of the day’s conference, with tickets priced at £145. Whatever your preference, all Sustainability in Licensing Conference attendees will be treated to a jam-packed agenda of inspirational talks from business leaders and innovators, informative panel sessions and discussions, and ground-breaking developments and updates spanning some of the biggest topics of conversation in the sustainability movement today. This year’s conference will deliver not-to-be-missed talks from the likes of the business innovator, designer, and author Alan Moore who will talk us through the idea of building a business with profit and purpose; Flowhaven and Carbon Farm as they delve into the subject of the real-world impact of the digital space and NFTs, and Primark Cares’ Sarah Hawkins who will explore the idea of sustainability in a global fashion retailer. The Sustainability in Licensing Conference is also extremely proud to welcome The United Nations to the event for the very first time, to deliver a talk on implementing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals within business today. And that’s just a snippet of what this year’s hybrid in-person and live-streamed event will have to offer attendees this year. The day’s agenda will be closed with an expert panel hosted by Kids Industries founder and Products of Change’s own children’s ambassador, Gary Pope as he is joined by The Marketing Store’s Pamela Stathaki, The LEGO Group’s Sine Klitgaard-Moller, Mattel’s Elizabeth Eaves, and the creator of Obki, Amanda Evans to discuss The Future of Kids. Gary will chair the session as he takes audience questions regarding the future of the children’s industry, and how we as a community, can be a driving force for positive change. It was towards the end of last year that Gary launched some agenda-setting and eye-opening research exclusively with Products of Change on the relationship kids and families have with the subject of sustainability. Gary’s research highlighted just how big a concern matters of the environment are among children and families across the US and the UK today, identifying that 93 per cent of kids from both nations consider at least one environmental topic as a major concern. Breaking that down, it was found that 45 per cent of respondents considered plastic waste a major concern, 44 per cent went with Climate Change, 41 per cent went with Pollution, and 32 per cent considered saving forests from deforestation as a major concern. It also uncovered that children today enjoy being vocal about what they do for the environment, even reprimanding their parents and peers about the need to act sustainably and with greater care of the environment. The same research, however, also found that the depth of their environmental activity – acting for the planet – reached no further than recycling or walking to school. In a talk delivered to Products of Change members earlier this year, Gary highlighted the need for better education on climate change and climate action among children and families, suggesting that the licensing and children’s content and entertainment industries can take a leading role in driving this conversation. Gary will be among the Sustainability in Licensing Conference’s speaker line-up available to connect with after the event. The Sustainability in Licensing Conference agenda has been curated by Products of Change’s founder Helena Mansell-Stopher and the Products of Change team. This year’s event will be presented by Products of Change and Max Publishing – publishers of The Licensing Source Book, LicensingSource.net, and organisers of The Licensing Awards and the Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards. The Sustainability in Licensing Conference 2022 will unite the innovators and creative thinkers of the licensing industry over the subject of using business to benefit people and planet. Helena Mansell-Stopher, founder of Products of Change and conference director of SiLC 22, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to finally be bringing the Sustainability in Licensing Conference to the industry in-person, and to have secured the magnificent Royal Geographical Society as our venue for the first real life event is just the feather in the cap. “SiLC 22 will be a place for sharing ideas, insight, and innovation on how best this endlessly creative industry can continue to drive positive global action towards a more sustainable future. By implementing changes today, we can drive forwards a better, healthier, and more environmentally focused industry of tomorrow.”
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