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Time to branch out and be a student journalist!
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Now in its 5th consecutive year, the Council on Business & Society launches its 2023 student CSR article competition. Between 23rd February and 31st March, register and write a winning article on a business, society, and planet topic set by the faculty of the CoBS 9 member schools of business and management covering 5 continents and 11 countries. There will be 1 student winner, 1 runner-up, and up to 5 finalists nominated per CoBS member school.

The Prizes

  • A €500 equiv. cash prize for the winning article in each CoBS member school

  • Winners, runners-up and finalists receive Council on Business & Society branded goodies

  • Winner, runner-up and finalist articles will be published in June’s special issue of Global Voice magazine next to faculty research insights

  • Winner, runner-up and finalist articles will be posted on CoBS Insights, the Council’s blog with a global audience

  • A Council on Business & Society Participant, Finalist, Runner-up, Winner certificate.

The Competition

Dedicated to business, society, and planet since 2011, the Council on Business & Society launches its 5th student CSR article writing competition 2023, open to the Council’s member-school students from all programmes, undergraduate to graduate/PhD levels and executive education participants:

  • ESSEC Business School: France, Singapore, Morocco

  • FGV-EAESP: Brazil

  • School of Management Fudan University: China

  • IE Business School: Spain

  • Keio Business School: Japan

  • Smith School of Business, Canada

  • Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa

  • Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin: Ireland

  • Warwick Business School: United Kingdom.

The Topics

If you’re a student currently studying in one of the above schools, passionate about responsible leadership, CSR, sustainability, responsible finance, diversity and inclusion, social entrepreneurship, business and its impact on society and planet, then the invitation is open to write a 1,000 to 2,000-word article in English.

Your article must be written on one of the following topics:

  • What are the potential negative and positive academic impacts of ChatGPT, and how should universities manage this issue?

  • Inflation is back: Winners, losers and new tensions in society.

  • After decades of increasing globalization both in trade, capital flows but even people to people movements, it seems the trend has turned towards deglobalization. Recently, the COVID pandemic, Sino-US trade friction, and the Russia-Ukraine Crisis, have caused the trend in deglobalization to grow further. What is the future of Multinational corporations (MNCs)? How will MNCs continue their social value creation (e.g. poverty alleviation, and net-zero carbon emissions) in the context of deglobalization?

  • How might we leverage innovation in order to enhance the business value of functional diversity? 

  • How might retail companies redesign their supply chain and business models so that they operate as profitable regenerative businesses?

  • We have passed an inflection point with AI so that it is already pervasive. How can governments and businesses balance the need for innovation, with all of its potential for raising productivity, with the need to manage wellbeing, prevent unjust inequalities, and ensure environmental stewardship?

  • According to the Oxfam presentation at the WEF Davos Forum in 2022, "inequality is contributing to the death of at least 21,000 people each day, or one person every four seconds. This is a conservative finding based on deaths globally from lack of access to healthcare, gender-based violence, hunger, and climate breakdown". Surprisingly, "billionaires’ wealth has risen more since COVID-19 began than it has in the last 14 years". What can Business Schools do to address this situation?

  • Is access to energy a human rights issue? Globally, can a market-based energy system that aims to produce and sell as much fuel as possible be sustained?

Contact your School’s Coordinator to enter the competition:

Please register to enter the competition via your School Coordinator indicated below, using your school e-mail address and mentioning the studies you are currently following. Mails received using other provider addresses will be considered automatically ineligible for the competition. Registration and submission is from February 23rd to March 31st 2023 inclusive.   

Download the student competition guide and article writing tips

2023 CoBS student competition guide and article writing tips, ESSEC Business School, FGV-EAESP, School of Management Fudan University, IE Business School, Keio Business School, Smith School of Business, Stellenbosch Business School, Trinity Business School, Warwick Business School

Read a sample of our previous years' competition student winner, runner-up and finalist articles

Global Voice magazine special student competition issue June 2022

June 2022

Council on Business & Society Global Voice magazine 18 special issue 10 years of the CoBS

June 2021

Global Voice magazine #14 special student competition issue

June 2020

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