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Assessment Brief

Please read this assessment brief in its entirety before starting work on the Assessment Task.

The Assessment Task

You are asked to select ONE Industry of your choice (e.g., Tea, Coffee House, Chocolates, Fast fashion, Furniture etc)

You have just been employed as Consultant by the Strategic Planning Group and the Project Management Team of a company in the industry you chose. You have been asked by the Chairs of the Strategic Planning Group and the Head of the Project Management Team to produce a rigorous, precise, report no more than 2,500 words (excluding Appendices and References) to be submitted to both Committees on 24 May 2021 by 2pm which does the following:

1. Provides an industry analysis examining the present structure of the industry (e.g., by looking at the main/leading companies, the major production centres /locations, the main sources and locations of raw material supplies at the earliest stage of the supply chain, and the major products, customers and markets etc.).

2. You are required to then carefully examine the main/key stages in the industry value chain (i.e., from raw materials/primary commodity production to the supply chain to the production stage and to the main markets), to identify/unpack actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and Social Responsibility (SR) issues.

3. The remaining parts of the report should then focus on the company you are consulting for , and should address the issues noted in A and B below

A. A well-argued section which elaborates on the actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and/or SR issues faced by the company

B. A section setting out what impact a response and non-response to these issues is likely to have on the company’s performance in the next 10 years. And, also an outline of possible measures for the firm to mitigate these issues

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes that are being assessed in this assignment are:

1. Demonstrate systematic understanding of how to develop front-end strategising processes/procedures for sustainable business and development projects.

1. Employ advanced skills to complete an audit of an organization’s corporate social responsibility.

1. Display mastery in the application of appropriate models and practical/pragmatic tools of sustainability to specific situations.

1. Adapt knowledge and skills to the critical analysis of complex situations

Your grade will depend on the extent to which you meet these learning outcomes in the way relevant for this assessment. Please see the grading rubric below for further details of the criteria against which you will be assessed.

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Grading Criteria

Work submitted is of no academic value / nothing submitted

Evidence included or provided but missing in some very important aspects.

Clearly demonstrates evidence of achieving the requirements of the learning outcomes

Of high quality, demonstrating evidence which is rigorous and convincing, appropriate to the task or activity

Of very high quality, demonstrating evidence which is strong, robust and consistent, appropriate to the task or activity

LO 1 - Provides a detailed industry analysis, examining the industry’s present structure and unpacking the actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and Social Responsibility (SR) issues

Some relevant analysis included but missing some very important aspects

Satisfactory industry analyses that examines the industry’s present structure and identifies/unpacks the actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and Social Responsibility (SR) issues at the industry level

High quality industry analyses that examines the industry’s structure and identifies/unpacks the actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and Social Responsibility (SR) issues at industry level

Very High-quality industry analyses that examines the industry’s structure and identifies/unpacks the actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and Social Responsibility (SR) issues at industry level

LO 2 – Employ advanced skills to complete an audit of the organization’s SR (i.e., identifying actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and/or SR issues at firm level)

Identifies and unpacks actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and/or SR issues that relate to and/or impact on their firm, but missing some very important aspects

Satisfactory identification and unpacking of the actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and/or SR issues that relate to and/or impact on their firm.

High quality identification and unpacking of the actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and/or SR issues that relate to and/or impact on their firm.

Very high quality identification and unpacking of the actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and/or SR issues that relate to and/or impact on their firm.

LO- 3 Draws sensible inferences, including the impact that a response/non-response to key ethical/SR issues is likely to have on the company’s performance in the next 10 years and discusses possible measures for the firm to mitigate these issues

Draws sensibly from the arguments but misses some very important aspects in relation to the impact of the firm’s (non)response on its performance in 10 years and/or measures for the firm to address the ethical/SR issues

Satisfactory inferences and discussion, including those that consider the impact of the firm’s (non)response to the ethical/SR issues uncovered on the its performance in 10 years and measures for the firm to address the ethical/SR issues

High quality inferences and discussions, including those that consider the impact of the firm’s (non)response to the ethical/SR issues uncovered on the its performance in 10 years and measures for the firm to address the ethical/SR issues

Very high quality inferences and discussions, including those that consider the impact of the firm’s (non)response to the ethical/SR issues uncovered on the its performance in 10 years and measures for the firm to address the ethical/SR issues

LO 4- Academic Quality (Writing Style, Referencing and thought expression)

Poor command of academic / professional conventions appropriate to the discipline

Satisfactory command of academic / professional conventions appropriate to the discipline

Rigorous command of academic / professional conventions appropriate to the discipline

Authoritative command of academic / professional conventions appropriate to the discipline