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Prize winners 2016

In 2016 the RiseB thesis prize was awarded for the third time. In total nine theses written in 2015 were nominated for the prize in 2016. Umeå Energi sponsors the prize money of SEK 25 000.

In 2016 the RiseB thesis prize was awarded for the third time. In total nine theses written in 2015 were nominated for the prize in 2016. Umeå Energi sponsors the prize money of SEK 25 000.

Prize winners 2016

The RiseB thesis prize in 2016 was awarded to Anna Zhan and Josefin Halvarsson for the bachelor thesis Corporate Social Responsibility and the Cost of Capital: Is CSR priced in the Swedish capital market?

Prize motivation

In the winning thesis by Zhan och Halvarsson, the debated issue of sustainability initiatives and company capital costs is studied. In the thesis it is shown that more investments in sustainability give companies discounted financing of their capital costs which is of essence for future financing and investment decisions. The thesis is well written and excellently carried out methodologically with a high potential to influence more companies to invest in environmental initiatives for both moral and financial reasons.

The authors have written the winning thesis at the Department of Accounting at Stockholm School of Economics and their supervisor was Florian Eugster. The thesis can be found here.

One thesis receives an honorable mention in 2016 (for theses written in 2015). This goes to Ellen Herrmann and Malin Lindholm for the thesis Mot en hållbar livsmedelskonsumtion? En kvalitativ studie om konsumentens attityd till att köpa ekologiska livsmedel. This thesis was authored at Umeå School of Business and Economics, Department of Business Administration, and was supervised by Jan Bodin. The thesis can be found here.

The jury for the RiseB thesis prize in 2016 consisted of:
Associate Professor Johan Jansson, RiseB, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Professor Lars Hassel, RiseB, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Professor Peter Dobers, Södertörn university, HR-manager Mari-Louise Johansson, Umeå Energi, and, Head of operations Marianne Bogle, CSR Sweden.

The prize of SEK 25 000 is awarded at the graduation ceremony at Umeå School of Business and Economics.