Leading expert to promote ethical and sustainable business

A leading business expert – who set up a world famous organic chocolate brand - has teamed up with Nottingham Trent University to promote ethical and sustainable business.

A leading business expert – who set up a world famous organic chocolate brand – has teamed up with Nottingham Trent University to promote ethical and sustainable business.

Jo Fairley, founder of UK based chocolate company Green & Black's, will be joined by a number of guest speakers at the 'Making a Difference: Ethical, Social and Sustainable Business Practices' conference on Wednesday 11 March. The event is being hosted by Nottingham Trent University's Working with you… scheme, at Nottingham Conference Centre.

Jo will be sharing her experience of growing a SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) through ethical practices. Starting the business alongside her husband Craig Sams, Green & Black's began in 1991. The company sells Fairtrade organic chocolate across the world, with the aim of providing high quality produce at a fair price to farmers.

Nottingham Trent University's Working with you… was set up in August 2013. The £1.9 million funded project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, works to support the growth, innovation and development of local SMEs in the East Midlands.

The conference will join students, local businesses and various organisations together to discuss the ever-growing importance of sustainable and responsible practices. The event will be hosted by Rob Pittam, Business Reporter for BBC News and Notts TV.

Jo will joined by a number of guest speakers from local businesses, external services and the University. These include Jerome Baddley from Nottingham Energy Partnership, Kelly Evans, Managing Director at Social Change UK; and Grant Anderson, Environment Manager at Nottingham Trent University.

The day's sessions and workshops will look closely into the environmental and ethical challenges facing business, including the growth of the low carbon economy, how profits without responsibility may 'kill your brand', the development of a sustainable supply chain, benchmarking and environmental indexes.

Jeremy Hague, Head of Business Development at Nottingham Trent University, said: "We're delighted to have Jo share her expertise into an important challenge facing the world of business. The example of Green & Black's shows how vital ethical and sustainable methods is to a successful economy and the natural environment. We hope that the event will inspire SMEs and budding entrepreneurs into an environmentally and ethically friendly method of trading."

Leading expert to promote ethical and sustainable business

Published on 4 March 2015
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