Products of Change


Tue 26 Oct 2021 | by Rob Hutchins

SILC to make its in-person debut at the Royal Geographical Society

With a mission to drive positive change across the licensing industry, the Sustainability in Licensing Conference is making its return for the third year running, taking up residence in the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London on Wednesday, 22 June, 2022. SILC22 will build on the success of its previous years by making its in-person debut to deliver a full schedule of discussions and panels tackling some of the biggest topics of conversation within the sustainability movement today. The dual-cast event will be hosted both in-person and online via a live-stream, with ticketing options for both physical and virtual attendees. With an aim of inspiring continued positive action across the $276bn licensing industry, the one-day conference will act to support the increased demand for knowledge, resources, and best practices across retail, licensors, licensees, trade suppliers and more. Previous years have set the bar high for informative, inspirational and engaging content. Last year’s conference saw the likes of Eden Project’s CEO David Harland and Asda’s sustainability and compliance expert, Jade Snart, as well as Tesco’s packaging manager, Paul Earnshaw, and Olympic medal winner and environment advocate, Hannah Mills OBE among the line-up. SILC22 will once again deliver a roster of high-calibre content and guest speakers, made all the more visceral through a dual-cast in-person and live-streamed event held within London’s Royal Geographical Society, home of scientific discovery and stewardship of our planet. Topics covered in next year’s in-person conference, will include: • How businesses are driving sustainable practices • How the industry can drive social change through entertainment and content • Technologies for a sustainable future • How cross section working can catalyse sustainable development • Retail and sustainable supply chain within the circular economy A full conference agenda will be released in the coming weeks. Ticket prices will be £275 (plus VAT) for a Physical Ticket and £145 (plus VAT) for a Digital Ticket. Products of Change members will be eligible for a 20% discount. To book your in-person tickets click here. To book your digital tickets click here. “SILC is such an amazing platform for industry experts to come together, share learning and explore collaborative opportunities to make real sustainable changes within the industry,” said Jade Snart, sustainability and compliance expert at Asda. “I felt so privileged to be invited to share George and Asda’s sustainability journey at both SILC 2020 and 2021, and I am looking forward to hearing what progress has been made across the industry at SILC22. Together we can make a difference.” A cross-industries conference that dives into sectors spanning the consumer products space, SILC22 will welcome visitors, speakers, and discussions from the worlds of fashion, food, packaging, toys, collectables, and more. Presented by Products of Change (the online membership platform for sustainable advancement within the industry) and Max Publishing (publishers of the Licensing Source Book,, and organisers of The Licensing Awards and the B&LLAs) SILC22 will once again be curated by Products of Change founder, Helena Mansell-Stopher and the POC team. Gareth Lloyd, commercial manager at Golden Bear Products, a leading UK toy maker and current member of the Products of Change platform, said: “The Sustainability in Licensing Conference is a great forum for the industry to come together to share knowledge and debate but to also be inspired by some of the great work individuals and organisations are doing. “Environmental issues are global so it is key that we tackle the problems collectively, POC plays such an important part in facilitating these discussions and bringing minds together.” SILC22 will also play host to a networking evening session where the Products of Change team will announce the winners of the first ever Products of Change Awards, a special programme in development with the POC team to celebrate pioneering companies and individuals within the consumer products space and their efforts towards better industry sustainability. Helena Mansell-Stopher, founder of Products of Change and conference director for SILC, 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. “SILC22 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 and drive forwards a better, healthier, and more environmentally focused industry of tomorrow.”