English (EN)Français (FR)Español (ES)Português (PT)

Ethics in Finance-Robin Cosgrove Prize 2014-2015

We hope to launch the 5th edition of the global Prize later in 2014.
We are currently seeking new resources. If you would like to contribute to the future of this iconic Prize for Innovative Ideas for Ethics in Finance,
please contact me - Carol Cosgrove-Sacks email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


David Hiler, Department of Finance, Geneva - Officer of the Chancellery of Geneva- Jean-Christoph Pernollet- Rafael Gomes- Angel Lopez - Beatriz Cueva - Clara Bazan, MAPFRE -  Prabhay Joshi -  German Scalzo - Christopher de Mattos, RAB-  Charles Pictet - Edouard Dommen -  Robin Jarvis - Paul Dembinski - Carol Cosgrove-SacksAward of the Ethics in Finance-Robin Cosgrove Prize 2012-2013

The Ethics in Finance Robin Cosgrove Prize has been awarded to 5 remarkable young people from across the world .
The Prize gives the participants an opportunity to influence global thinking on the future of finance.

The continuing financial crisis has proved the relevance of the Prize for Ethics in Finance and Robin Cosgrove’s vision of the threat to the international economy posed by lack of integrity, loss of trust and inadequate ethical practice in banking and finance.

The 2012-2013 Global Edition of the Prize was launched at Citi Bank in London. The joint winners are:

•Rafael Gomes: Corporate market responsibility: ethical regulation for orderly financial markets [Portuguese, currently working in London]
•Prabhay Joshi: Lessons from Libor; moving beyond compliance to explore the dynamics of ethics within banks [British of Indian origin, working in London]
They each received $10,000.

The 2012-2013 regional Ibero-American Prize was launched at MAPFRE in Madrid. The results are:

•German Scalzo: The fundamental anthropological links between ethics and finance /Fundamentos antropológicos de la relación entre ética y finanzas [Argentina]
•Ángel López: Proposal for a web platform for inter-bank finance for social impact projects/Plataforma web de Financiación Interbancaria para proyectos con impacto social [Spain]
They each received $6,000.

•Beatriz Cuevas: The necessity for critical reflection on corporate social responsibility strategies/ La necesidad de una reflexión autocrítica sobre las estrategias de Responsabilidad Social Corporativa[Spain] - she received $3,000.    

The best 11 papers submitted for the competition are published in a special issue of FINANCE & THE COMMON GOOD/BIEN COMMUN [Geneva, 2013,], and may be found on the website of the Prize.

The Prize, based in Geneva, is managed jointly by the Observatoire de la Finance/International Financial Observatory and Dr Carol Cosgrove-Sacks.
The best papers submitted for the Prize were evaluated by a distinguished international Jury.




The Robin Cosgrove Prize is committed to implementing ideas on how to promote trust and ethical behaviour in all aspects of the finance sector. The Prize of USD 20,000 will be awarded to the best Innovative Ideas for Ethics in Finance.

We want to encourage papers from all over the world. The papers can be submitted in English or in French for the global Prize. We also have the regional Prize [USD 15,000] targeted to Ibero-America, and papers may be submitted in Spanish or in Portuguese.

What can the Robin Cosgrove Prize offer to you:

  • The opportunity to contribute to the global reflection and actions to enable our global society to tackle the multiple problems it has to face,
  • The best texts will be published in an internationally reputable journal,
  • And, last but not least, a reward of 20,000 USD for the winners!



Why is there the Robin Cosgrove Prize?

Robin loved life as a young investment banker in Tokyo and London. He was passionate about success and about his integrity. He believed that banks and the finance sector in general bring benefits to people and to commerce.

He travelled widely throughout the world. His experiences convinced him that the finance sector should serve the common good as well as making profits. He was concerned that complicated financial products would blur ethical and practical considerations.

For him, trust was the essence of good banking. But he feared that many young finance professionals were losing touch with the fundamentals. He set his life goal to promote better understanding of the critical importance of trust, ethics and personal and corporate integrity.

Sadly, at much too young an age, he lost his life in an accident on Mont Blanc.

The Prize, with its core focus on Ethics in Finance, is a small step to encourage young people to commit to Robin’s ideals.


Vision and Mission of the Prize

The Vision of the Ethics in Finance - Robin Cosgrove Prize

The Prize promotes greater awareness among young people throughout the world of the benefits of strengthening ethical approaches in all aspects of finance. The vision of the Prize contributes to strengthening the foundations and good quality management of banking and finance based on trust and integrity, especially in emerging markets. The Prize has a global vision, applicable throughout the world.

Read more...


Report and Prospectus 2006-2013

The Ethics in Finance - Robin Cosgrove Prize has launched a global debate on the role of ethics and integrity in all aspects of finance. Our goal is to use the fresh ideas and discussion that result from this dialogue to inspire the young finance community and to re-inspire the broader finance, civic and academic communities.

See our Report and Prospectus 2006-2013


TRUST & ETHICS IN FINANCE: Innovative Ideas from the Robin Cosgrove Prize

The book brings together the collected best papers from the Ethics in Finance Robin Cosgrove Prize competitions, 2006-2011.It is published by, Geneva.


Available from: (US$25) or (GBP16)


[more details: see and Latest news]


How the Prize can benefit your staff ... and your organization

The Ethics in Finance -  Robin Cosgrove Prize can reward your best young staff and recognize their commitment to important values, especially trust and integrity.

Please consider promoting the Prize through your own corporate intra-net as a tool for encouraging your young professionals to be more aware of the role of integrity and ethics in the finance business.

The Robin Cosgrove Prize is an ideal TOOL for training and staff development.

Read more...


Business Schools & Centres for Finance

Business Schools and centres for the study of Finance are invited to partner with the Prize Administration to promote awareness of the competition and to encourage their students and alumni to reflect on the role of Ethics in Finance.

Information Pack for Business Schools and Academic Organisations - click here.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Login Form