Oxford University Animal Ethics Society Triumphs at International Business Ethics Case Competition

The Oxford University Animal Ethics Society (OUAES) has achieved remarkable success at the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC), emerging victorious in two out of the three competitions and securing second place in the third. Founded by Professor Tom White, the IBECC involves international teams analyzing a business problem and proposing practical ethical solutions. The OUAES team, consisting of Susana Higueras Carrillo (Linacre College), Hayden Carroll (St Edmund Hall), Lysander Mawby (St Edmund Hall), Teresa Habib Meriggi (St Anne’s College), and Emma Schneck (Linacre College), presented an ethical solution to collagen production through yeast-based collagen.

With an annual market value of $9.1 billion, collagen is primarily utilized in the beauty and medical industries. Traditionally sourced from bovine, poultry, and marine animals, the OUAES team proposed a yeast-based alternative that has the potential to reduce animal suffering while providing a cleaner and more medically targeted form of collagen.

Teams from eighteen universities across the globe, including the United States, Canada, Iran, and Russia, competed in the event. The graduate division, in particular, witnessed fierce competition.

The IBECC is designed to integrate innovative business thinking with ethical problem-solving, offering an intensive two-day experience. The OUAES team emerged triumphant in the 25-minute presentation category, the 90-second presentation category, and secured second place in the 10-minute presentation category. Their presentation will be published as a paper in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Animal Ethics.

Dr. Clair Linzey, Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the team’s coach, extended warm congratulations to the students for their outstanding achievement. She remarked, “This is the most successful team the OUAES has ever sent to IBECC. It is a stunning result and admirably well-deserved.”

Dr. Linzey added, “There is a growing ethical sensitivity towards animal exploitation, and it is heartening to see students leading the way in devising practical ethical alternatives to the use of animal products.”

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