Student Voice – Talent & Impact!
The 2022 Student CSR Article Competition: The Results
The winners and finalists of the 2022 Council on Business & Society Student CSR article competition are now officially nominated. Warm thanks to all the students and their submissions throughout the member schools of the CoBS for their effort, commitment, enthusiasm and talent. This year’s competition saw an extremely high level of quality and maturity in the articles – something that made the juries’ selection all the more difficult. Congratulations to the winners, runners-up and finalists. And finally, a thank you to all the staff and faculty teams within the CoBS Schools for their expert coordination and time spent on the juries.
Student articles published on CoBS Insights, the Council Community blog
Student articles published in a special issue of Global Voice magazine
CoBS Participant, Finalist, Runner-up and Winner certificates
€500 equiv. cash prize for each winning article in each school
Special limited edition CoBS polo shirts and notebooks for all winners and finalists.
The 2022 article topics
There is a debate around the potential cost of a green transition. "Greenflation" would be caused by a higher demand for greener solutions, and the consequences of new public policies (e.g. green taxes). How can we deal with the social tensions that could possibly arise with greenflation?
The consequences of the Covid pandemic have reached every country in the world, causing a huge rise in poverty and social vulnerability even in rich countries. What can Business Schools do in order to address this situation?
What are the main barriers preventing the world from reaching Net-Zero carbon emissions, both at the macro level (geopolitics, industrial barriers, etc.) and at the micro level (individual behaviour)?
How do corporations create new value through low carbon practice?
What is the potential negative social impact of AI, and what are the possible solutions accordingly?
What has been the impact of increased investor attention to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues on corporate sustainability performance and reporting?
How can we balance the social costs and benefits of the advance of digital and robotic automation with respect to the future of work? Do we have to trade off wellbeing for productivity, or can we have both?
The 2022 competition Winners in each participating school are:
Names in alphabetical order
Liang Kong, MSc Business with Operations Management student, Warwick Business School Winner, with Climate Solutions from a Corporate Perspective: Being sustainable and competitive by creating sustainable value chains.
The 2022 competition Runners-up and Finalists are:
Runner-up and Finalist Names in alphabetical order
Dongdi Chen, MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation student, Warwick Business School Runner-up, with Embracing the Inevitable Digital Revolution.
Michael Castellano, IMBA participant, IE Business School Finalist, with How to Survive a Pandemic and Other Classes You Missed in Business School.
Student winning, runner-up and finalist articles appear in the traditional high-summer issue of Global Voice magazine on June 21st alongside those of our faculty whose research into responsible leadership and business practices is internationally recognised.
The number of entries for this year’s competition was high – the quality of the submissions too. It was interesting to note that among the pressing issues covered by the faculty topics set for the articles, three of them stood out as preferences (perhaps even concerns) for the students judging from the number of submissions on these subjects: Greenflation, net-zero emissions, and the future of work impacted by AI and the digital transformation.
The challenges to our society and planet are particularly complex and pressing in our current times, and the CoBS can only congratulate and encourage our students in taking on the role of responsible leaders – able to take perspective on this complexity, form concise and educated conclusions, and make objective and responsible decisions for the good of business that itself is for the good of society and planet. With the recent membership to the Council on Business & Society of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa, we are confident that the new school will add to the impact, pertinence and geographical reach of the CoBS and we look forward to their student participation in next year’s Council on Business & Society Student CSR Article Competition.
With thanks and very best wishes,
Prof. Adrian Zicari and Tom Gamble, Academic and Executive Directors, Council on Business & Society
Read the winning, runner-up and finalist articles in the special June 21st issue of Global Voice magazine.