Jo Fairley

Co-Founder of Fairtrade Chocolate Brand Green & Blacks & Bestselling Author

  • Co-founded Green & Black’s Fairtrade Chocolate
  • Awarded the WorldAware Award and Soil Association Awards
  • Awarded The Shackleton Medal from the Scottish Royal Geographical Society
  • Three-time winner of the Jasmine Award from the Fragrance Foundation
  • The UK’s youngest-ever magazine editor

Discover Jo Fairley’s biography of published work below.

The Story of Green & Black's
The Story of Green & Black’s: How two entrepreneurs turned an ethical idea into a business

When Jo Fairley is booked for webinars and virtual events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Women in Business
Ethical Business
Change Management

Jo Fairley is a living example of the role determination plays in corporate success. With limited qualifications and the funds from her savings account, she has built one of the world’s leading confectionery companies, Green & Blacks, which has paved the way for sustainable production. She has since founded several other business ventures, and embarked on a public speaking career unlike any other. Regularly booked for virtual events, her relatable yet impressive experiences speak to audiences of all industries, empowering them to succeed.

From a small business to a chocolate conglomerate that earns £100 million a year, Jo is responsible for Green & Black, a staple of our supermarket shelves. She started the company during a recession, marking her calculated bravery. With quick-thinking and creativity, it was not long before Jo’s products sold out across the country. When hired for online conferences, Jo reveals the secrets of her success, including the concrete ethos that allowed Green & Blacks to keep up with demand.

Armed with the lessons learnt from her business’ early days, Jo supplies audiences with a toolbox of tips for corporate success. From women in business to sustainable practices and how she earned the coveted Fairtrade emblem, she communicates the power of ethical brands. Aside from Green & Blacks, Jo has also founded several other companies, including Judges Bakery, The Wellington Centre and The Perfume Society.

Jo’s success has earned her several awards, like the WorldAware Award and many Soil Association Awards, as well as The Shackleton Medal and an Honorary Doctorate. A talented writer, she contributes to national publications and has written 20 books. Millions of readers rush to learn her insight. As a virtual speaker, Jo combines her decades of knowledge to teach audiences their corporate potential.

Official Testimonials

Jo Fairley is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:

“What a start Jo’s speech was for our QVC Q Speaker programme! It was great to hear about Jo’s experiences and challenges through business and life in a way that really engaged the audience. She was highly engaging and the rapport with the audience was clear in the number of questions they asked at the end of the talk! The feedback received from QVC staff afterwards has been amazing – a truly inspirational speech.”- Sandra Vallow, QVC 

“Jo chaired the Epson round table discussion with a skilful, light touch. Her relaxed style and anecdotal-filled introduction put participants at ease and encouraged them to contribute. Her perceptive questioning ensured that the debate flowed smoothly, and her concluding remarks ensured the key points were reiterated and participants left with them front-of-mind.”- Epson Business Council 

“As the co-founder of one of the world’s most well-loved confectionery brands, Jo Fairley offers hugely valuable insight into the world of international trade and growing a business overseas. As part of our Trade Horizons Roadshow events, Jo hit the brief to a very high standard, taking care to ensure that her presentation was structured around the customer experience which we had designed. It was clear that the audience left inspired by Jo’s story. Jo also made a point of allowing ample time for her Q+A – something often overlooked – this also included a chocolate prize for the best question!”- Business West 

To enquire about Jo Fairley for your next virtual event or webinar, simply contact The Online Speakers Agency via or call a booking agent on 0203 9317 391.