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Sustainability In Licensing Conference 2021

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Continuing to break new ground in the licensing industry, the Sustainability in Licensing Conference 2021 (SILC21), was staged as a digital event on 24 -25 June 2021. The two day conference was broadcast from state-of-the-art facilities in the U.K to a worldwide audience. All delegates benefited from a full slate of on-demand content from the entire conference, for one month afterwards.

SILC reached a global audience, with over 500 attending the event – 38% from the UK & Ireland, 26% Europe, 25% USA and 11% ROW.  

Building on the success of the 2020 launch SILC event, the agenda for the conference included all new content, aimed at everyone in the licensing arena who are looking to progress their respective sustainable journeys – from retailers to licensors, licensees to trade suppliers, content makers to contract writers – right across an industry worth $275 billion.

SILC’s aims are to inspire and inform how the dynamic licensing sector can continue to innovate and grow commercially, while not costing the planet.

SILC 21 will focused on:

  • What businesses are doing to drive sustainable practices
  • How the industry can use entertainment/content to drive social change
  • The changing landscape of legislation and global policy
  • Cross section working to catalyse sustainable development
  • The future retail and sustainable supply chain transformation

Organised by Products of Change (the online membership platform for sustainable advancement within the industry) and Max Publishing (publishers of Licensing Source Book, LicensingSource.net and organisers of The Licensing Awards and the B&LLAs), SILC 21 was curated by Helena Mansell-Stopher, founder of Products of Change.

The jam-packed agenda saw leading lights and visionaries from outside and within the industry as well as retail experts, all sharing their inspiring achievements and demonstrating the gains, both environmentally and financially, that can be made.

Helena Mansell-Stopher, ceo of Products of Change and conference director for SILC said “I have every confidence that the learnings shared at the Sustainability in Licensing Conference will see some significant gains being made on the environmental front too. We’re all on this journey together, but ensuring we establish a more sustainable footing is no distant wish, it’s very much a necessity.”

The digital conference continues to provide a framework and understanding to start your sustainable journey.  Sustainability is not only about the materials the we use but the waste from the manufacturing process, the transportation of goods, the wellbeing of staff and the coming together of an industry to drive systemic change.

To future proof your business and the industry we have to develop sustainable strategies that foster company longevity. This requires a business approach that creates long-term value, taking into consideration how a given organisation operates in the ecological, social and economic environment.

A flavour of SILC's content and community...

CONFERENCE AGENDA

The agenda of the Sustainability in Licensing Conference (SiLC) has been curated to both inform and inspire those from the licensing community, whether from a retailing, licensee, licensor or trade supplier perspective.

The keynote speeches, insightful talks and panel discussions covered what we in the industry can do to further improve our activities with our plan for a more sustainable future.

Leading names across the fashion, toy, publishing and other sectors, from both within and outside the industry shared their insights. New innovative technologies were explained that go to prove that change is possible (and profitable), financial institutions presented how sustainable finance is available to you to implement sustainable change while pointers on how to ‘design out waste’ on the product development front as well as how to market brands to future generations who are ever-more environmentally-conscious, were also covered.

The 2021 conference will deliver a packed agenda that will serve to provide a clear pathway on the industry’s sustainable journey, which in turn will drive systemic change in our sector.

THE 2021 CONFERENCE AGENDA - DAY ONE

09:30

09:35

Opening statement

Outlining how the industry has moved forward since SILC 2021 and the continued need for change, whilst showcasing solutions and business models that can enhance and better the licensing industry.

 

Speaker:

Helena Mansell-Stopher - SILC Conference Director and Founder of Products of Change

09:35

09:55

Sustainable Insights

Having lived through a period of time like no other, The Insights Family will showcase how the pandemic has moved things on significantly on the business/sustainability front.  The research experts will share insights on the increase in youth advocacy and how the consumer is voting with its wallet.  Building sustainability into your business not only results in an increase in brand advocacy and financial growth, but also saves the planet. 

 

Speaker:

Jonathan Watson – Chief Product Officer, The Insights Family 

09:55

10:15

The Eden Project - Our Future

Having just hosted the G7 summit in Cornwall in its Biomes, the Eden Project will open SILC21, outlining how as an industry we can work together to halt the extensive biodiversity and plant species decline we are currently experiencing to build a better future together.  

 

Speakers:

David Harland - Interim CEO, Eden Project

Dan Ryan - Learning Curator, Eden Project

10:15

10:45

Marketing For Behavioural Change

Hubbub is a marketing specialist for brands that want to drive societal change through their marketing campaigns.  Having launched successful campaigns such as Tesco’s food waste initiative; the ‘grab your cup’ impact initiative with Starbucks and ‘The Million £Pound Challenge’ with Waitrose, Hubbub will showcase how we as an industry can use our brands to build a better future.

 

Speaker:

Gavin Ellis – Director and Co-Founder, Hubbub

11:00

11:45

Sustainable Grocers

As the third largest retailer in Europe, there is no doubt that Tesco impacts the environment.  However this grocery giant is implementing aggressive targets to reduce this.  Here’s your chance to learn about the great initiative the retail group is driving and what it requires from suppliers as well as its own action to meet both its self-imposed targets and new government legislation. 

 

Speaker:

Paul Earnshaw - Senior Packaging Manager, Tesco PLC

11:50

12:50

Panel Discussion - Policy And Legislation

Join our panel of experts as they discuss the latest legislative changes both in the UK and Europe that will impact on the consumer goods sector.  The panel will focus on the latest packaging and EPE scheme as well as outlining the road ahead. 

 

Speakers:

James George - Network Development Lead, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Mike Swain - Director, Pack IDS

Stuart Foster - CEO, Recoup

13:10

14:55

Future Technologies To Build A More Sustainable Business

Join the George@Asda team to learn about their latest initiatives to reduce their environmental impact.  

 

Speakers:

Melanie Wilson - Senior Director Sustainability and Ethical Global Sourcing, ASDA

Jade Snart - Sustainability and Compliance Expert, ASDA

THE 2021 CONFERENCE AGENDA - DAY TWO

09:30

09:35

Welcome

Speaker:

Helena Mansell-Stopher - SILC Conference Director and Founder of Products of Change

09:35

10:20

Sport For Social Change

Join Hannah Mills, Olympian and founder of The Big Plastic Pledge, along with Kate Worlock from Sail GP and Simon Gresswell, Founder of SGLP Licensing to discuss how sport can drive social change and how licensing plays a pivotal role.  

 

Speakers:

Hannah Mills MBE - Olympic Medal Winner and Environmental Advocate

Kate Worlock - Head of Licensing and Retail, Sail GP

Simon Gresswell - MD, SGLP

10:25

10:45

Retail Economics - The Changing Economic Landscape Of Retail

Retail Economics takes us through its latest market data, focusing on key retail, shipping and sustainability themes and trends from 2021 as well as share their future forecasting. 

 

Speaker:

Richard Lim - CEO, Retail Economics

10:45

11:05

Sustainable Journey In Toy - Let’s Start At The Very Beginning

Zuru, one of the fastest growing toy companies globally, will present its current sustainability strategies and future ambitions to build a more sustainable toy industry. 

 

Speaker:

Amelia Jory - Global Marketing Manager for Seasonal, Preschool and Celebrations, Zuru

11:00

11:45

Panel Discussion - Gaming For Social Change

With the global gaming industry worth over $300 billion (more than the combined markets for movies and music), the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a surge in mobile gaming as well as an emphasis on social interaction.  We talk to a leading group of trailblazers within industry who are driving both sustainable change within the product as well as using the gaming platforms to drive social change. 

 

Panellists: 

Daniel Wood - Special Projects Lead, UKie and Games Associate, Creative England

Jane Campbell - Studio Operations Lead, ustwo games

Jude Ower - CEO and Founder, Playmob

Sam Barratt - Chief of Youth, Education and Advocacy, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Miles Jacobson - Studio Director, Sports Interactive 

12:00

12:45

How To Build A Sustainable Licensing Programme

Following on from Lego’s presentation at the SILC20 conference, the Lego team will share how its sustainability story has gained momentum and focus over the last year, sharing key themes and deadlines that we must hit as an industry if we are to meet our 2030 goals.  

 

Speakers: 

Sine Klitgaard Moller - Licensing Sustainability Transformation Lead, LEGO

Michael Thejl Nielsen - Business Development Director, The Lego Group

12:45

13:05

Sustainable Ecommerce

With global e-commerce sales jumping to $26.7 trillion, fuelled by COVID-19, and 60% of consumer reporting that they made more environmentally-friendly, sustainable, or ethical purchases since the start of the pandemic, we hear from the founders of Dayrize, a new tech start-up that has built a sustainable ecommerce platform that scores the sustainability and ethicality of the products they sell.  

 

Speakers:

Bart Nollen - Co-Founder, Dayrize

Austin Simms - Chief Operating Officer, Dayrize

13:35

13:55

The Future Of Sustainable Supply Chains

With over 70% of a product’s environmental impact wrapped up in its Scope 3 emissions (factory and transportation of goods), it’s imperative that we understand how to build a more sustainable manufacturing base if we are to meet our sustainability goals.  

 

Speaker:

Julia Redman - Owner, Buyers Eye

13:55

14:10

The Future Of Transparency Within Consumer Goods

Leading tech star-up, Brands Conscience showcases the latest technology in building transparency into your business from the factory through to the consumer. This is the future of transparency within the industry.  

 

Speaker:

Carrie Lomas - Founder, Brands Conscience 

14:15

14:55

Panel Discussion - Sustainability In Fashion Retail

Join our leading panel of experts as they discuss how to create a more sustainable future within licensed fashion.   

 

Panellists:

Melanie Wilson - Senior Director Sustainability and Ethical Global Sourcing, ASDA

Jade Snart - Sustainability and Compliance Expert, ASDA

Julia Redman - Owner, Buyers Eye

Ryan Jesse - Founder and CEO, Change Plastic for Good

Karen Hewitt - Co-Founder and Buying Director, Character.com

THE SPEAKERS

The speaker line-up for the Sustainability in Licensing Conference 2021 included true leaders from the retail world, pioneering licensees, trailblazing manufacturers and inspiring opinion formers from both within and outside the industry, each playing a part in the journey to become more sustainable.

The speakers each shared experiences, facts and ideas which will collectively serve to future proof your business and the industry of which we are all a part, enabling sustainable strategies to be developed that take into consideration how a given organisation can operate commercially as well as ecologically.

Amelia Jory
Amelia Jory

Global Marketing Manager for Seasonal, Pre-school and Celebrations, Zuru


Austin Simms
Austin Simms

Chief Operating Officer, Dayrize


Bart Nollen
Bart Nollen

Co-Founder, Dayrize


Carrie Lomas
Carrie Lomas

Founder, Brand Conscience


Dan Ryan
Dan Ryan

Eden Learning Curator, Eden Project International


Daniel Wood
Daniel Wood

Special Projects Lead, UKie and Games Associate, Creative England


David Harland
David Harland

Chief Executive Officer, Eden Project International


Gavin Ellis
Gavin Ellis

Director and Co-Founder, Hubbub


Hannah Mills MBE
Hannah Mills MBE

Olympic Medal Winner and Environmental Advocate


Jade Snart
Jade Snart

Sustainability and Compliance Expert, ASDA


James George
James George

Network Development Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Jane Campbell
Jane Campbell

Studio Operations Lead, ustwo games


Jonathan Watson
Jonathan Watson

Chief Product Officer, Kids Insights


Karen Hewitt
Karen Hewitt

Co-Founder and Buying Director, Character.com


Kate Worlock
Kate Worlock

Head of Licensing and Retail, Sail GP


Jude Ower
Jude Ower

CEO and Founder, Playmob


Julia Redman
Julia Redman

Owner, Buyers Eye


Melanie Wilson
Melanie Wilson

Senior Director Sustainability and Ethical Global Sourcing, ASDA


Michael Thejl Nielsen
Michael Thejl Nielsen

Business Development Director, The Lego Group


Mike Swain
Mike Swain

Founder, Pack IDS and Senior Advisor to the UK Packaging Council


Miles Jacobson OBE
Miles Jacobson OBE

Studio Director, Sports Interactive


Paul Earnshaw
Paul Earnshaw

Senior Packaging Manager, Tesco


Richard Lim
Richard Lim

Chief Executive Officer, Retail Economics


Ryan Jesse
Ryan Jesse

Founder and CEO, Change Plastic for Good


Sam Barratt
Sam Barratt

Chief of Youth, Education and Advocacy, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)


Simon Gresswell
Simon Gresswell

Founder and MD, SGLP


Sine Klitgaard Møller
Sine Klitgaard Møller

Licensing Sustainability Transformation Lead, LEGO®


Stuart Foster
Stuart Foster

CEO, Recoup


EVENT NOW FINISHED - BUT ALL CONTENT REMAINS AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND UNTIL
1st AUGUST 2021

MISSED SILC 21?

If you were unable to attend SILC 2021, the great news is that you can still buy a ticket and gain access to the entire conference until 1st August 2021. These learnings can then be shared within your business – it’s a lot of information for just £100!

This is a secure payment system and you will be emailed a full receipt as soon as you book.

A 20% discount applies to members of POC – Products of Change – please select this option if you’re a paid-up member.

EVENT SPONSORS

The Sustainability in Licensing Conference has been received widespread support from the industry with leading businesses and brands keen to pledge their commitment, sharing in the belief that together real progress can be made in the sector on this vital issue.

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OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS

TALK TO THE TEAM

Behind the scenes of The Sustainability in Licensing Conference is a close-knit team of people with complimentary skills and personalities, but who all share in the vision of ensuring this significant conference really hits the mark.

Owned by Products of Change Media LTD – which is a joint venture between Max Media Ventures and Products of Change, the Sustainability in Licensing Conference benefits hugely from the partnership formed with Helena Mansell-Stopher.

Meet the team…

Helena-Mansell-Stopher

HELENA MANSELL-STOPHER

Director of SILC 2021

With a 20 year career in the licensing industry across media and lifestyle brands and a wealth of knowledge across all categories and retail. With a course in Business Sustainability Management under her belt, from the University of Cambridge Helena will continue to work with brand owners, retailers and category experts to drive change within the licensing arena.

+44 (0)7973 849389

Email Helena

Jakki Brown

JAKKI BROWN

Director of SILC 2021

As a co-founder of Max Publishing (which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary), Jakki has been at the forefront of driving the editorial side of the business as well as being heavily involved in the creation and evolution of the company’s well established and respected B2B awards programmes across both licensing and consumer products sectors.

+44 (0)207 700 6740

Email Jakki

 

 

Ian Hyder

IAN HYDER

Director of SILC 2021

Having made licensing the focus of his attention for the last 15 years at Max Publishing, of which he is Joint MD, Ian has very much been part of the industry’s evolution. Leading on the commercial front he has brought to life the Licensing Source Book, the Licensing Awards, the Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards (B&LLAs) and digitally LicensingSource.net.

+44 (0)7525 634306

Email Ian

Rob Willis

ROB WILLIS

Director of SILC 2021

As a director and co-owner of Max Publishing, which includes The Licensing Source Book, LicensingSource.net, The Licensing Awards and the B&LLAs, Rob’s network spans widely across licensing and consumer products. This 20-year address book will be extensively utilised to ensure that SILC 2021 is a key discussion point in the sector. 

+44 (0)207 7006740

Email Rob

Clare Hollick

CLARE HOLLICK

Bookings and Event Organiser of SILC 2021

Createvents is an established event management company, specialising in the organisation and delivery of corporate events, conferences and award ceremonies.

Contact Clare for any or all ‘on the day’ questions such as dietary, accessibility, or anything else to ensure you are perfectly taken care of – it is Clare’s speciality.

+44 (0)118 3340085

Email Clare

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