I recently returned from Geneva where I attended the Ethics in Finance - Robin Cosgrove Prize award ceremony. It was a fun week involving catching up with friends and partying a fair bit - perhaps a little too much here and there!

The RCP has now completed its 3rd cycle. The prize is my step-mother's idea, born out of a need to do something to honour Robin following his untimely death in July 2004. The mission of the Prize is to stimulate innovative ideas for promoting ethics and integrity in the finance sector. The prize reaches out to young people familiar with the banking, finance and investment sectors, with special attention to emerging markets, to attract innovative ideas, proposals and projects which could be promoted to major players in the business community. 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.

Despite having been involved in helping to both organize and administer the prize, for various reasons I have been unable to attend the award ceremony on the first two iterations. As such, I was filled with immense pride to be there to see the real effect of the prize on the numerous winners who participated in this fantastic legacy to my step-brother.

After the formality of the ceremony itself a spectacular dinner was held at Vieux-Bois which is a spectacular restaurant next to the Palais des Nations and staffed by students from the nearby catering school L'École Hôtelière de Genève. This was followed by myself and a number of Robin's close friends taking the winners out into Geneva for some slightly more unruly fun amongst the Geneva nightlife and into the early hours.

However, whilst being at the award ceremony itself was great, the best moments occurred during what we should call the "informal part of the evening" when the winners sat together with Robin's friends and myself said that they really sensed that the prize had that feeling of being a legacy to this young person whom they had now heard a lot about and that it meant that bit more to them as a result. That left me beaming full of pride that the prize truly didn't just reach it's global audience, didn't just inspire young people to consider ideas for improving ethical behaviour in the finance sector, it inspired them because of who Robin was too.

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