Ethics and Trust in Finance

for a Sustainable Future

The Prize Ethics and Trust in Finance for a Sustainable Future – until 2015 Ethics in Finance – Robin Cosgrove Prize – promotes new ways of thinking about the big challenges facing the global economy and finance. As a worldwide program running since 2006, we work with inspiring minds from across the financial and academic ecosystems to conceive of new models and shape better practices that strengthen the foundations upon which we build our world.

In today’s global system, where millions unable to access the financial services need to flourish, a more transparent, more accessible and inclusive model is required and is possible. Meanwhile, growing imperatives are driving new approaches to design more sustainable systems of provision of financial services able to limit our impact on the planet.

The Ethics and Trust in Finance Prize asks people under the age of 35 working in or studying finance to reimagine how financial institutions, together with their stakeholders, can balance the desire for growth, security and stability with these aspirations, to provide a meaningful response to the changing needs of the communities in which they operate.

We believe that ethics and trust in finance has a pivotal role to play in affecting a positive change in the world. Each edition we look forward to exploring bright new ideas from a diverse group of brilliant young people.

The competition invites creative papers setting out analyses or proposals for innovative ways to promote ethics & trust in finance.

Vision & Mission

The mission of the Prize is to stimulate innovative ideas for promoting ethics and integrity in the finance sector.

The aim is to strengthen the sustainability of ethics in banking and finance and to reinforce its implementation, especially in emerging markets throughout the world.

About Us

The “Ethics in Finance Prize” is a project of the Observatoire de la Finance (Geneva). It is organized and managed by dr. Virgile Perret as under the supervision of Prof. Paul Dembinski.

The Jury

The Jury of Ethics & Trust in Finance Prize has been delegated by the organisers with the task of selecting the most meritorious contributions from the eligible candidates and of designating the prizewinners for the Ethics Trust in Finance Prize. The Jury is composed of eminent persons who sit in their private capacity and on a pro bono basis.


Alumnis of the Prize are active across the world in business, government, NGOs and academia. Their common interest in ethics and sustainability in finance provides a bond that lasts long beyond their participation in the competition.

The 9th edition (2022-2023)

  • Who ? Professionals and academics under 35 years old
  • What ? Short unpublished papers on ethics and sustainability in finance
  • When ? Submit your paper by 29 June 2023 and the winners will be announced at the Fall 2023