Student Essay Competition

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

The 2019 Competition is now open!

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.
Further information, including the competition rules, can be found in this leaflet - proforma cover page - the small print
Take a look at the Resources section or our YouTube channel for some inspiration.
Promote the competition at your University by displaying the 2019 competition poster.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners

The Postgraduate category was won by Firoza Dodhi from UCL Faculty of Laws for her essay Exploring the ethical issues of innovation in legal services

Firoza said: "As a Future Trainee Solicitor at Simmons & Simmons, I am aware of the importance of managing innovative practices in accordance with ethical standards, to ensure the successful delivery of client-focused legal services. I am grateful to have been selected for this award; the integral nature of ethics in the legal industry requires consistent reflection and critical discourse. Being recognised by the IBE is a privilege; this award complements my scholarly pursuits and reaffirms my dedication to promote and practice business ethics in my professional career."

The Undergraduate category was won by Nathalie Becker from the St Andrews University for her essay: Corporations in the ‘Postnational Constellation’: Applying a post-colonial lens to Corporate Social Responsibility practices in a global order.

Nathalie said: "Interdisciplinary is increasingly being recognised for its potential to unpack complex issues. In response, my essay draws on elements of History and International Relations theory to analyse corporate responsibility in a global context. I am very grateful to the Institute of Business Ethics for this award and for encouraging me to continue to foster these connections in the future.”


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.

The Undergraduate category was won by David Kerr for his essay ‘Tax Avoidance: the ethical question for business’ from Birkbeck College, University of London.
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Winners of the 2016 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 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 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

2018 IBE Student Essay Competition winners

Congratulations to Firoza Dodhi and Nathalie Becker

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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