The competition has now been launched and will be open for submissions from 01 March - 30 April 2020. Entries must be submitted via the website.

About the Competition

The IBE Student Essay Competition celebrates the best student writing and thinking on business ethics. All the information you need to know about the competition can be found below:

  • Prizes are awarded in two categories – Undergraduate and Postgraduate
  • Submissions should be 2,500 words (±10%) excluding all supplementary materials (appendices and bibliographies)
  • You choose the topic that you want to write about
  • A focus on current topics in business ethics is encouraged, and rewarded through the judging process.

For inspiration on what to write about, take a look at the Knowledge Hub.

For more information download the Competition Leaflet.

 

Why should I enter?

Professional development
  • Shortlisted and winning essays, marked by a panel of industry and academic professionals enhances any student CV
  • Authors of winning essays will be invited to present their essay to industry experts at an awards ceremony in London
  • The awards ceremony also provides an excellent opportunity to network with senior industry practictioners
Prize fund
  • £1,000 prize fund is available for the winners of each category
Recognition for your institution
  • In recognition of the teaching and support that Universities provide, winning institutions will also be presented with a certificate at the awards ceremony
     

Who can enter the competition?

  • Submissions can be made by individuals or groups
  • Any student studying a qualification accredited by a recognised higher education institute in the UK (including internation students on exchange / placement programmes and those on distance learning courses)
  • Submissions must be from current students (yet to graduate on date of submission) on undergraduate or master's programmes (including MBA's) - those studying for a doctorate are not eligible to enter the competition
  • Students must submit essays themselves (tutors cannot submitt essays on behalf of their students)
     

Looking for inspiration?

Anti-bribery & corruption
Anti-bribery & corruption

Organisations should be committed to a zero tolerance policy on bribery.

Corporate governance
Corporate governance

The board has the ultimate responsibility for the culture of the organisation.

Fair competition
Fair competition

Competition is an essential market driver, but competitive advantage should only be by fair and lawf ...

Human rights
Human rights

Every human being has a right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Pay
Pay

Fairness in pay is a key ethical issue. Those at the top can be perceived to be paid excessively, an ...

Speak up
Speak up

The freedom to raise concerns is a core component of a supportive ethical business culture where emp ...

Tax
Tax

Avoiding tax by ‘bending’ the rules of the tax system is not illegal, but is it ethical?

Technology
Technology

As technological advances are made and digital technology becomes more and more integrated into busi ...

Treatment of employees
Treatment of employees

The topic of employee wellbeing encompasses issues which affect an organisation's key group of stake ...