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Products of Change launches its online Sustainability Education course

Thu 19 May 2022 | 10:03 am GMT
Rob Willis | Products of Change Writer

Products of Change has launched a brand new series of educational modules to help the industry kickstart its sustainability journey

Products of Change has launched a raft of brand-new online educational modules, to better arm its members with a deeper understanding of the economics of sustainability and ethics and the steps they can take to transition their business onto a more sustainable model. The courses have been created to break the wide and often complex subject of sustainability into digestible units for Products of Change members to complete. The aim of the course is to encourage more people to take their first steps to improve their sustainable practices by educating their teams and becoming part of the solution. Designed as an introductory learning platform, the new modules have been developed in association with Brand Conscience and its own materials research and reporting unit, Source Conscience. The Source Conscience team boasts expertise in delivering courses at Portsmouth University and Oxford Said Business School on a variety of subjects relating to business, innovation, and sustainability. The team is also supported by an environmental scientist who achieved her Bachelors and Masters degrees in sustainable and environmental development.
The educational course is made up of a number of bite-size units made easy to complete at home or a 30 minute block at work.
These bite-sized, fun, and engaging educational units can be completed online at home – or at work – with each module taking no longer than 30 minutes to complete. These modules span multiple areas of sustainability and the kind of measures that can be implemented across your business or within your personal life. “Educating to inform change is at the heart of Products of Change (POC). What we have discovered over the last two years is that people want to learn how to transition their business but are extremely time poor. To support the growing POC community we wanted to build bite-sized education modules that can be easily completed within the working day and something that companies can scale across their workforce.,” said Helena Mansell Stopher, founder and CEO of Products of Change. “It’s why we are so pleased to be supported by the wonderful Source Conscience team to bring our education modules to life via these digital modules.” Designed for everyone and anyone with a vested interest in sustainable business practices, the Products of Change Educational Course offers insights and practical know-how to engage your company in making a difference; whether that is engaging other teams in different department about the importance of sustainability, or empowering yourself and those around you with a greater understanding of the issues and how to tackle them.
The course explores topics such as 'why the need for change' and 'new ways of thinking' about business.
Carrie Lomas, founder of Brand Conscience and Source Conscience who are supporting Products of Change on the launch, added: “Products of Change is doing such a great job of convening teams in the licensing industry, and we believe this education platform marks another opportunity to help people recognise the importance of sustainability for the future of their business, as well as the planet. “The courses will help people understand and consider their triple bottom line – a balance of priorities for people, society, the environment, and their own company finances. This is, we believe, an essential concept for the future of prosperous, sustainable business practices. “The fact that the intro course comes free with Products of Change membership makes it a no-brainer,” added Brand Conscience’s Lomas. “It’s such a great value for a huge amount of knowledge and insight into something that affects us all.” Members will receive a certificate to show and share with others upon completion of each of the courses. The intro course will be followed in the coming months by courses on specific materials and textiles, all available across the POC platform. Rob Hutchins, editor and community manager at Products of Change, said: "As community manager I am personally chuffed at this great step forward for all our members, offering brand owners, suppliers and more the chance to properly take their teams through sustainability education, via the industry’s trusted community platform. "Products of Change stated from launch that it would offer the licensing and consumer products sector an opportunity to learn and grow and this bite-size, grass-roots course offers everyone an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and use new learnings to make informed business decisions." Products of Change’s Mansell Stopher, concluded: “I look forward to seeing the community share their achievements across social media as we advance industry forward to a sustainable future, how exciting.” These new Products of Change - powered by Source Conscience - learning modules can be found under the Education section of this website. Products of Change would love to hear how you get, and please do download your certificates of completion, and celebrate your achievements across social media.
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