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Agenda revealed for Sustainability in Licensing Conference

Official programme confirmed for groundbreaking industry event which is taking place on June 11 at The British Library.

The agenda for the inaugural Sustainability in Licensing Conference has been revealed, with speakers from companies and organisations including the Ellen McArthur Foundation, Teemill, Offset Earth, Breakdown Plastic, Wastebusters, Tesco, M&S and Asda among others set to share their views and insights.

Talking about the line-up, Helena Mansell-Stopher, SILC conference director and founder of Products of Change, said that the aim is to “provide a broad baseline of information to impact your own sustainable journey”.

Helena told sister publication, LicensingSource.net: “With the brand and licensing world so broad and diverse, I felt it was important to build a programme which is relevant for licensors, agents, licensees, retailers, creatives and marketeers across the industry for all brand genres.”

The full conference agenda can be found on the official SILC 2020 website by clicking here.

Following an opening statement, the conference – which takes place on Thursday June 11 at the British Library – will begin with new consumer research insights on sustainability from The Insights People, as well as future forecasting trends.

James George, network development lead at the Ellen McArthur Foundation, will discuss why the circular economy is integral to sustainable growth within the licensing sector, as well as the need to move to a business model which is aimed at eliminating waster through a continual use of resources.

Innovation within fashion manufacturing and retail will be discussed by Martin Drake-Knight, co-founder of Rapanui Clothing and Teemill Tech, while a panel of business experts from Electrolux, The Open and Offset Earth will be discussing how business can contribute towards a more sustainable future, reviewing key learnings and understanding how to implement sustainability into an organisation.

Breakdown Plastic will be giving insights into new innovations within plastic technology, while UK-based global educator Wastebusters will be talking about why sustainable collaborations are key to driving change across the licensing arena, NGOs and retail.

Delegates will also hear from a panel of retailers including Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Asda/Walmart about sustainable plans and what they require from the licensing industry.

Other sessions will focus on sustainable design and the supply chain, the importance of change within the toy sector, how design plays an integral role in the sustainability journey, unlocking sustainable finance and how to communicate effectively through a sustainable lens.

Further speakers are due to be announced within the coming weeks.

SILC 2020 – which has also partnered with Offset Earth to make sure that it is fully carbon offset – has garnered strong interest from the licensing industry. Executives from companies including The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., ViacomCBS, Kinnerton, Stobbs IP, eOne, Unilever, Nutmeg Licensing, Skew Studio, Chelsea FC, IG Design Group, NBC Universal, Enesco, HTI, Signature Publishing, Danilo, The Cookie Company, Dolea, Licensed to Charm, HEAD Sport, Larkshead Media, Rovio, Brands In, Rubie’s, DNC, WildBrain CPLG, Historic Royal Palaces, BM Fashion (UK), Poetic Brands, Mattel, Caroline Mickler, Microsoft and Globally Green will be attending as delegates.

Official supporters of SILC 2020 include BBC Studios, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, MDR Brand Management, Natural History Museum, ViacomCBS, Hasbro, Character World, TDP Textiles, Brandgenuity, Change Plastic for Good, Smiffys, Dreamtex, Kids Industries, Amscan, GB eye, Global Brands Group, Those Licensing People, University of Oxford and Discovery Inc.

The Products of Change group is the headline supporter of SILC 2020.

Anyone interested in becoming an official supporter should contact Ian Hyder or Rob Willis on 020 7700 6740.

For full details on the conference and to book your delegate place(s) head to www.sustainabilityinlicensing.com.

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