The F&C Investment Trust Prize is back for the second year in a row and this year it has partnered with four universities and colleges around the UK to give more students the chance to take part.
It's brought to students by the world's first collective investment fund, the F&C Investment Trust, which was established over 150 years ago, in 1868. A lot has happened in the past 150 years and the world is constantly evolving, which means we have to adapt and innovate to stay on top and move with the times. To win, the students were challenged to answer one of three questions on themes and issues that impact our society today and influence our future.
Having grown up against a backdrop of financial crisis and austerity, the members of Generation Z – born between the mid-1990s and the early noughties – tend to be hardworking, debt-averse and frugal. What are the key financial challenges faced by 'Gen Zs', and how do you think they can achieve financial security?
We think that good corporate governance and sustainable practices are essential. Because we believe in getting involved, we engage directly1 with companies on issues from climate change to labour standards. How do ethical issues influence your life and your choices as a consumer … and how do you think this might affect the world of investing in the future?
Studies2 have shown that companies with a positive proactive approach to diversity and inclusion tend to perform better than their less progressive peers. Do you believe this development is significant for business and society, and how do you think it will continue to evolve?