Essex Business School student is runner up in PRME Writing Competition

  • Date

    Fri 24 May 19

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Essex Business School student, Erika Svobodova, has been shortlisted as highly commended in the PRME Writing Competition 2019.

Master of Business Management (MBM) student, Erika Svobodova, was shortlisted to the top ten finalists for the PRME Chapter UK and Ireland’s third annual Responsible Business and Writing Competition 2018/19.

Erika's essay, Contemporary issues in CSR management: The case study of Google, was initially written for her Business Ethics module during her undergraduate studies, also at Essex Business School. Erika's module leader later got in touch with her to encourage her to re-develop the essay and submit it for the PRME Responsible Business and Writing Competition. 

Dr Alec Wersun, Chapter Chair, has paid tribute to “the overall quality of the entries and the evidence of student engagement with themes central to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals”. Citing the fact that this year’s competition attracted entries from 19 UK and Irish business school, he also welcomed “the clear and compelling evidence that topics related to the SDGs are becoming mainstream across many of our business schools.” 

Dr Manuela Nocker, Senior Lecturer in Organisation and Sustainability and PRME representative at Essex Business School said about Erika:

"In my role of PRME representative at EBS, I am delighted about Erika’s achievement. As module leader of Business Ethics, my underlying teaching philosophy is that ethical leadership and management need to include an awareness of personal ethics too, not just CSR or social responsibility widely understood. It is not just about ‘the others’, if we want to understand and improve ethical aspects at work and in business. Erika has taken this message to heart, engaging in first person, and now can be a role model for other students’ involvement."

Erika said of her award:

"I felt honored when Manuela contacted me and encouraged me to enter the competition, however, I'd lie if I said that I have expected to be one of the top 10 finalists. I'm grateful to Essex for providing me with the opportunity, and I cannot wait to read the contributions of other finalists. With 19 different universities participating, I'm sure there won't be shortage for novel insights."