Products of Change


Wed 13 Sep 2023 | by Rob Hutchins

The two-month countdown to SiLC 2023 is on

With the two-month timer now ticking away nicely, the Products of Change team is gearing up to deliver a Sustainability in Licensing Conference bigger and bolder than ever before with a showcase of the exciting, not-to-be-missed solutions being developed within the brand partnership sector and beyond. Making its return to the Royal Geographical Society in London on 8 November 2023, SiLC 2023 promises to deliver on its mission to drive positive change across the licensing industry by pushing conversation forwards and showcasing some of the pioneering new systems being developed by some of the industry’s biggest players when it comes to measuring and reducing our impact on the environment. PDS Group’s Poetic Brands, Yellow Octopus, and Upcycle Labs will be showcasing a pioneering new system to reduce and manage its waste materials by taking one of the industry’s biggest strides towards circularity, while Fabacus and Nobody’s Child will present the game-changing launch of a new Digital Product Passport and the key role they each play in bringing greater supply and value chain transparency to the end customer. Meanwhile, the environmental educational platform, Wastebuster will be showcasing its Recycle to Read campaign and its ongoing partnership with the supermarket giant to eke out the beginnings of a new circular economy for plastic toys. “The Sustainability in Licensing Conference – billed the “most important for our industry in decades,” by attendees of the 2022 event – aims this year to help businesses and individuals put their plans and conversation into action by providing a platform for some of the most pioneering developments when it comes to industry sustainability,” said Robert Hutchins, editor and community manager at Products of Change. “Our jam-packed agenda this year – filled with inspirational talks and ground-breaking innovation – will answer the industry call and thirst for knowledge when it comes to making positive, sustainable changes within our $340bn global brand and licensing industry.” The date is now set for Wednesday, 8 November when some of the biggest names in entertainment and retail – including LEGO, Mattel, Asda, Tesco, and many more – will come together to discuss and plan the industry’s next major steps on its journey of sustainable development. SiLC 22 was presented by Products of Change (the online media hub and community resource for advancing sustainable change across the industry) and Max Publishing (publishers of the Licensing Source Book,, and organisers of The Licensing Awards and the Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards). Helena Mansell-Stopher, founder of Products of Change and conference director for SiLC 22, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to have finally brought 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 was 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.” The Sustainability in Licensing Conference 2023 is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 8th November, returning to the Royal Geographical Society in London. Book your in-person tickets for the live event here.