The 2021 competition is now closed! The winners will be announced in the Autumn.

What is the student essay 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
  • You can base your submission on an existing assignment you have written
  • A focus on current topics in business ethics is encouraged and rewarded through the judging process.

 

Previous Winning Essays

Undergraduate category

Year

Student

University

Essay

2020

Tony Chen

University of Warwick 

Debt’s moral hazard: ethical considerations for biopharmaceutical finance 

2019

Joel Christoph

UCL

Ethics and Workplace Automation

2018

Nathalie Becker

St Andrews

Corporations in the 'Postnational Constellation': applying a post-colonial lens to Corporate Social Responsibility practices in a global order

2017

David Kerr

Birbeck College, University of London

Tax Avoidance: the ethical question for business

2016 Eleanor Weston University of Brighton Should the NHS be Free to Every Citizen Regardless of Health Choices?
Postgraduate category

Year

Student

University

Essay

2020 Rebekah Shanks

University of Aberdeen

Is the IESBA Code of Ethics sufficient to help solve ethical dilemmas facing the accounting profession?

2019

Ysabel Dela Rosa

University of Bath

The introduction of ‘voluntary’ microchip technology in the workplace: An innovative solution or invasion of privacy?

2018

Firoza Dodhi

UCL Faculty of Laws

Exploring the Ethical Issues of Innovation in Legal Services

2017

Charles Sherwood

London School of Economics

Doing the Right Thing: business ethics, moral indeterminacy and existentialism

2016 Jonathan Webb Queen Mary, University of London Supply Chain Corruption: a business ethics blind spot