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Sustainability in Licensing Conference takes shape

Partnership secured with Offset Earth to ensure conference is fully carbon offset, while content framework and further supporters confirmed.

The Sustainability in Licensing Conference – which takes place on Thursday June 11 at The British Library – is beginning to take shape, with further supporters pledging their official backing, as well as a key new partnership with Offset Earth.

The partnership with Offset Earth will make sure that the inaugural conference is fully carbon offset.

The running of the conference, along with its attendees, will generate the planting of 720 mangrove trees in Madagascar, which is a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals which don’t exist anywhere else in the world.

However, more than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed, displacing entire animal species and taking away the Malagasy’s ability to farm and live on the land. Entire mangrove estuaries are gone, leaving the bare earth to wash away into the sea.

Funds from SILC 2020 will support the non-profit Eden Reforestation Projects as it continues to reforest the island. Eden is a world leader in responsible reforestation, having already planted 265 million trees and created 2.6 million work days for local communities.

Meanwhile, a content framework for the day has been revealed. The conference will highlight the need for change, touching on the follow subjects:

  • Why change? – 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and what they mean for the industry and the individual
  • How can business contribute towards a sustainable future?
  • Designing out waste – why design plays an important part in the sustainability journey
  • Plastic innovation in packaging and SUPs
  • Collaborations and why these are so important
  • How to unlock sustainable finance and the need to review how we track finance within corporations’ gross domestic product
  • Why we need to move to a circular economy business model
  • Innovation within fashion manufacturing and retail
  • Marketing and communications – both internal and external
  • A panel with leaders from the toy industry, discussing the road ahead and how to manage change collectively
  • What retail requires from the industry
  • A panel with UK retailers, coming together to drive change

In addition, a further five companies have pledged their official support to SILC 2020: GB eye, Global Brands Group, Those Licensing People, University of Oxford and Discovery Inc.

They join 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 and Amscan.

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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