Student Essay Competition

This competition aims to encourage the teaching of business ethics in UK Business Schools and similar teaching departments. 

Current UK students are invited to submit essays to the IBE Student Essay Competition in Business Ethics.
Prizes are: £1,000 for the winning essay in each category.  Two runners up prizes may also be awarded.

The competition is in two categories – Undergraduate and Postgraduate. 

A focus on current topics in business ethics is encouraged: supply chain management; speaking up and whistleblowing; tax; gifts and entertainment; conflicts of interest; bribery, corruption and facilitation payments; human rights; harassment and discrimination; work /home balance; security and data protection; use of social media; and relative pay levels. 
Take a look at the Resources section or our YouTube channel for some inspiration.

Here's a poster to display at your university to encourage entries for the 2018 competition. Please contact us if you would like further information for your department. 
Closing date: 30th June 2018

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Winners of the 2017 Competition

The Postgraduate category was won by Charles Sherwood for his essay 'Doing the Right Thing': Business Ethics, Moral Indeterminacy & Existentialism’ from the London School of Economics.
Charles said: "The LSE philosophy masters, and in particular the business ethics module, has offered a wonderful opportunity to test rigorously and analytically ideas developed over a three-and-a-half decade career in business.  This award is added encouragement for those reflections and hugely appreciated."

The Undergraduate category was won by David Kerr for his essay ‘Tax Avoidance: the ethical question for business’ from Birkbeck College, University of London.
David said: "Corporate tax avoidance is an issue which has captured the ethical zeitgeist, requiring examination and informed debate. It is an honour to have won the award, gaining recognition from the respected Institute of Business Ethics for work in this area. At the conclusion of my degree and beyond, I hope to embrace and encourage best ethical practices in work and in life.”
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Winners of the 2016 IBE Student Essay Competition  

The Postgraduate category was won by Jonathan Webb for his essay  Supply Chain Corruption: A Business Ethics Blind Spot from Queen Mary, University of London.

The Undergraduate category was won by Eleanor Weston for the essay Should The NHS Be Free To Every Citizen Regardless Of Health Choices? From the University of Brighton


Winners of the 2015 IBE Student Essay Competition  

Congratulations to James Peacock, winner of the postgraduate category for his essay Water Poverty - a real threat in the UK? from Bradford University School of Management. 
Congratulations to Harrison Hancock, winner of the Undergraduate category for his essay Strategic CSR: Corporate Challenges and Practical Means to Address Them from Durham University Business School. 

Winners of the 2014 IBE Student Essay Competition  

The Postgraduate category was won by Gary D. Rubin from University of Leeds, exploring the question "Does the Fact the Financial Sector is Heavily Regulated Leave Any Place for Ethics?”

The winner of the Undergraduate category was Babatunde Valentine Onabajo from Cardiff University for the paper "The Moral Case for Ban the Airbrush”.

Ethics in Education News

2017 IBE Student Essay Competition winners

Congratulations to Charles Sherwood & David Kerr

2016 IBE Student Essay Competition winners

Congratulations to Jonathan Webb & Eleanor Weston

Winners of the 2015 Student Essay Competition

Congratulations to James Peacock and Harrison Hancock

2014 IBE Student Essay Competition winners

Congratulations to Gary Rubin & Babatunde Valentine Onabajo

Winners of Professions for Good/IBE Writing Competition

Winners announced of the 2013 Writing Awards celebrating the best student, academic and journalist writing on ethics and professional standards in business and public life

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