Countdown to SILC 2022

Sustainability from home – attend conference digitally or in person


With the countdown continuing to next week’s first in-person Sustainability In Licensing Conference, don’t forget you can also attend the event digitally if you’re unable to make it in person.

Taking place a week today, Tuesday, 18 October, at London’s Royal Geographical Society, the event will deliver exclusive insight and research from some of the industry’s leading voices, as well as a whole day of inspirational keynotes, discussions and a breakdown of the next steps you can take to implement better sustainability into your business.

And there’s even support for the event from iconic recycling and sustainable living champions The Wombles, who will also be in attendance!


While there is much excitement about SiLC 2022 having a physical presence, the organisers understand some people are unable to make it to London so, if you’d still like to join in, you can do so via the digital stream which will run within the same time-zone as the live event.

The full agenda is listed below, and content will remain available for 30 days post-event for both digital attendees and live event ticket holders

To join the cardies and allied industry attendees, such as UK Greetings, Carousel Calendars, Danilo, Amscan, Qualatex, Smiffys, Golden Bear, and Signature Publishing, at SILC 2022, digital tickets are £145.00 + vat and can be bought here, and some in-person tickets are still available at £275.00 + vat here. For full details on the conference please visit


9.15am – Opening Statement

Helena Mansell-Stopher, ceo and founder of Products Of Change will highlight how far the industry has progressed over the last two years before outlining the day’s conversations.

9.30am – Business with profit and purpose: The balance of a sustainable business

Author and innovator Alan Moore is a designer who has worked with the likes of The Coca-Cola Company, a business craftsman who has sat in the boardrooms of some of the biggest blue-chip companies on the planet, and a writer who has penned some of the most pioneering thoughts on what modern economics could look like. His books Do/Design and Do/Build will form the subject matter of this keynote address, geared to inspire leaders to create a business the world needs – one that is regenerative, net positive, and ultimately beautiful.

9.50am – The Insights Family present the latest sustainability data

With consumer mindsets shifting dramatically and the expansion of new digital revenue streams, Ivan Colecchia, senior vice-president international development at The Insights Family, will showcase the latest consumer data and sustainability trends from across the globe.

10.10am How to implement the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals within business

Lucie Brigham, the United Nations Office for Partnerships chief of office, and Kerry Bannigan, executive director of the Fashion Impact Fund, will deliver a SILC-exclusive presentation on the Conscious Fashion & Lifestyle Network and the benefits of aligning with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to highlight how, tthe UN is bringing businesses together to drive awareness of its global framework.

10.20am – The Impact of your digital twin: How the digital world has a real-world impact

Warren Parker-Mills, host of the Behind The Brands podcast and Fashion Metaverse Club ceo, chairs a panel session featuring speakers from Flowhaven and carbon reduction specialist The Carbon Farm to offer a closer look at the real-world impact of the development of Web 3.0, the Metaverse, and the digital space. How can it be used to influence change, and what’s it doing to reduce its own impact?

11am – Break

11.25am – In the loop with Teemill and the technology behind circular fashion

Teemill is on a mission to take 100 million items of clothing ‘back around the loop’ by 2027 using its circular clothing technology Reemill. Teemill founder Mart Drake-Knight will talk audiences through the latest developments from the circular fashion specialists.

11.45am – The changing economic landscape of retail

Retail Economics ceo Richard Lim talks on the latest market data, focusing on key retail, shipping, and sustainability themes, as well as the key trends for 2022, and his future forecasting insight for the retail landscape.

12.10pm – The future of sustainable consumption and waste within production

Join the George at Asda team to learn about its latest initiatives to reduce the supermarket giant’s environmental impact, including the implementation of emerging 3D-tech to reduce its material, energy, and production waste.

12.40pm – Engaging for change

As a global leader in retail pharmacy, Walgreens Boots Alliance touches millions of lives every day and is proud to be a force for good through contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, and a sustainable marketplace. Join WBA’s head of sustainability Tanya Ashton to learn how the alliance has been working to embed sustainability throughout its global sourcing organisation.

1pm  – Lunch

1.50pm – Global fast fashion and how the industry is transitioning to a sustainable future

Global fashion retailer Primark presents its sustainability framework and its journey with it to date, all documented through its Primark Cares initiative. Join Primark’s strategy lead Sam Jackson and Primark Cares manager Sarah Hawkins for a closer look at the retailer’s ongoing efforts.

2.10pm – Sustainability at retail panel

Primark Cares’ Sarah Hawkins and Sam Jackson, George At Asda’s head of sustainability Jade Snart, Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Tanya Ashton, and Retail Economics ceo Richard Lim answer questions on sustainability at retail.

3pm – The rising challenge of sustainability messaging

More people want to buy green than ever before, and businesses are responding. But the increasing demand for greener products means companies are using sustainability messaging as a marketing tool, sometimes greenwashing by making false or heightened statements to sell products. In this session, The Marketing Store’s head of global sustainability Pamela Stathaki explains the Green Claims Code, what new legislation is coming to support this, and how to avoid greenwashing.

3.25pm – Your waste has value

Many still believe sustainability comes with a heavy cost to business so it’s an area only focused on when demanded by a customer or retailer. What they don’t see is that sustainable business practices are an incredibly efficient use of your resources, and a whole lot more profitable. The team from Anthesis Provision, the largest sustainable-business incubator in the North American region, presents its Upcycled Food to showcase the efficiencies of waste in the local supply chain.

3.45pm – Materials impact with Tesco

As the third largest retailer in Europe, there’s no doubt that Tesco impacts the environment. However, this grocery giant is setting aggressive targets to reduce this. Learn from Tesco’s senior packaging manager Paul Earnshaw the great initiative the retail group is driving on the packaging side, and what it requires from suppliers, as well as its own action to meet both self-imposed targets and new government legislation.

4.10pm – Break

4.35pm – Brands with purpose: The Lego Group

The Lego Group’s sustainability transformation director for licensing and extended lines, Sine Klitgaard Møller will discuss the role of brands with purpose today in driving the positive sustainable development of the next generation, and the team explain how the Lego Group is facilitating change through influence and inspiring others.

4.55pm – Sustainability in toys with Mattel

Global toy giant Mattel presents its sustainability journey so far, including the latest from its Mattel PlayBack initiative, as Mattel EMEA’s senior sustainability engineer Elizabeth Eaves sets out the firm’s ambitions for the future of play the world over.

5.20pm – Panel session: The kids of the future

An expert panel hosted by Kids Industries’ founder Gary Pope will take audience questions regarding the future of the children’s industry and how the community can be a driving force behind positive change. The panel will be joined by The Marketing Store’s Pamela Stathaki, Lego Group’s Sine Klitgaard Møller, Mattel’s Elizabeth Eaves, and Amanda Evans, creator of children’s climate change-focused animated TV series Obki.

6pm – After conference soiree

Your chance to network and discuss the day’s learnings within the grounds of the Royal Geographical Society. Take in the inspirational surrounding and a drink or two thanks to the generous after-show drinks sponsor, Brand Licensing Europe.

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