CCCS-ESS Essay Competition

Topic

Environmental Sustainability: The role of competition and consumer protection laws and policies

Submission Deadline: 27 May 2022 (This Competition is now closed)

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Details of the Competition

Categories 'School’ & ‘Open’
Topic Brief

Environmental sustainability is one of the most important priorities facing many economies today. Sparked by the global awareness of the effects of climate change, achieving sustainability goals requires cross-industry collaborations, and responses from all segments of society – government, businesses and consumers. This essay competition invites contestants to examine the role of competition and consumer protection laws and policies in supporting environmental sustainability in Singapore.

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Rules and Regulations

All entries must be written in English and accompanied by a completed entry form, signed by the author(s). For joint authorship, only one entry form is required. Submissions should not exceed 2500 words (including references, footnotes, tables, appendices, charts) and should be double-spaced, in Arial size 12 font, on A4-size paper with all pages numbered.

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Submissions Guidelines

Entries should be sent to cccs_corporate_communications@cccs.gov.sg no later than 2359hrs on  27 May 2022, Singapore timeEssays without the official entry form will be deemed to be incomplete and will not be included for judging. The organisers bear no responsibility for any entries which fail to reach the organisers by the stated deadline. Late entries will not be entertained.

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Partners

CCCS is partnering with the Economic Society of Singapore for this essay competition.

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Topic Brief

Environmental sustainability is one of the most important priorities facing many economies today. Sparked by the global awareness of the effects of climate change, achieving sustainability goals requires cross-industry collaborations, and responses from all segments of society – government, businesses and consumers. In Singapore, a whole-of-nation movement aims to get everyone on board to drive sustainable development. Businesses are encouraged to make the shift towards more sustainable practices as well as to capture opportunities in the green economy. For example, businesses are moving towards reducing carbon emissions and adopting the use of sustainable alternatives, such as renewable fuels and electric vehicles. Others are looking at maximising energy efficiency to minimize wastage and improve bottom lines. However, achieving sustainability goals may require competitors to collaborate to bring about outcomes which will be more effective and efficient than acting independently. Many consumers are also championing a green environment by changing their consumption habits and choices, which will also have an impact on businesses and government. This essay competition invites contestants to examine the role of competition and consumer protection laws and policies in supporting environmental sustainability in Singapore. Specifically, contestants may discuss the following questions in their essays:

a. What role should competition and consumer protection laws and policies play in Singapore in driving our economy towards sustainability?

b. How can businesses collaborate and yet compete fairly as they shift towards supporting sustainability?

c. How can ‘externalities’ or wider costs/benefits to the society accruing from sustainability be accounted? How should we measure or quantify these externalities or costs/benefits?

d. Can competitors agree on the production of certain energy-efficient goods or on certain energy-efficient standards, when these could translate into higher prices for consumers? Describe examples of conduct that are likely to amount to an abuse of dominant position relating to sustainability, and explain how competition authorities should assess such conduct including any objective justifications that should be taken into consideration. Should contribution to lower carbon emissions or a ‘greener’ environment from a merger or cooperation between two market players be considered as ‘economic efficiencies’ or ‘net economic benefit’ that would offset adverse effects to competition within Singapore?

e. How should businesses make sustainability claims? How can consumers be better protected against ‘greenwashing’ in our drive towards sustainability?


Eligibility

  • School Category - This competition is open to all post-secondary students (regardless of nationality) studying in Singapore in polytechnics, Centralised Institutes, international schools and junior colleges. This includes students currently enrolled in the Integrated Programme (Year 5/6) or in the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Current full-time national servicemen and/or students who have recently completed their education in the above-mentioned schools/programmes, and Singaporean students in such institutions/programmes (or equivalent) overseas may also participate.
     
  • Open Category – The competition is open to all individuals living in Singapore as well as Singaporeans living overseas (excluding those who qualify under the “school” category). 
     

Awards

The following awards will be given to the winning essays of each category (School/ Open):

1stPrize $3,000
2ndPrize $2,000
3rdPrize $1,000
Merit 3 x $300

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Rules and Regulations

1.   All entries must be written in English and accompanied by a completed entry form, signed by the author(s). For joint authorship, only one entry form is required.

2.   Entries must be the original work of the author(s) and must not have been submitted to any other competition organised by any other organisation or been previously published.  

3.  Submissions should not exceed 2500 words (including references, footnotes, tables, appendices, charts) and should be double-spaced, in Arial size 12 font, on A4-size paper with all pages numbered.  

4.   Each entry should be accompanied by a 300-word abstract that summarises the main points of the essay. This 300-word abstract is not part of the 2500 word count and the write-up should be included in the main essay document. 

5.   The author(s)' name should not appear anywhere in the abstract and in the main essay.

6.  Essays are to be submitted ONLY in Microsoft Word by email to cccs_corporate_communications@cccs.gov.sg. Receipt of essays will be acknowledged.    

7.   The deadline for essay submissions 2359hrs on 27 May 2022, Singapore time. No late submissions will be accepted.

8.   All essays will undergo a blind review process and will be assessed in confidence by an independent panel of judges based on original insight and ideas, clarity of expression, effective communication of ideas and well-substantiated concepts and arguments.

9.     By submitting to the CCCS-ESS essay competition, you are agreeing to allow the organisers publish your essay in print and online.

10.   Decisions made by the panel of judges shall be final. The judging panel reserves the right not to award any or all of the prizes. We regret that only winning participants will be contacted upon finalisation of the results. 

11.   Immediate family members of the contest organisers and judging panel are not eligible to enter the essay competition.  

12.   Enquiries on the CCCS-ESS Essay Competition should be sent to cccs_corporate_communications@cccs.gov.sg.

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Submission Guidelines

The essays should be original, and be well researched and informed based on the topic. 

Presentation

Charts, graphs, tables and infographics may be used.

Essays must be in English and typed double-spaced on one side of each sheet of paper. The essay should not exceed 2,500 words. This includes charts, tables, footnotes, references and appendices.

A summary of no more than 300 words highlighting the main points of the essay must also be provided. This 300-word summary is not part of the 2500 word count and the write-up should be included in the main essay document.

Originality

Essays must be original in content. Entries found to contain plagiarism will automatically be disqualified.

Although essays may draw references from existing works, but they should be materially different from them in terms of analysis, style of arguments and perspectives. This could involve the application of previous works in a different context, or using new/different arguments, or applying new analysis or perspectives that significantly differ from previous works. A bibliography acknowledging references to existing works is required.

Submission

Entries should be sent via the official entry form and participants may also email to cccs_corporate_communications@cccs.gov.sg to inform CCCS that you have submitted, no later than 2359hrs on 27 May 2022, Singapore time:

  • Essays without the official entry form will be deemed to be incomplete and will not be included for judging.
  • The organisers bear no responsibility for any entries which fail to reach the organisers by the stated deadline.
  • Late entries will not be entertained.

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