Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

  • Learning outcomes 4: Demonstrate an understanding of ethics, governance and
    corporate social responsibility in the management of performance and risk by directors,
    boards and management of organisations and be able to assess performance of entities
    in respect of these areas
  • Learning outcomes 5: To develop the capacity for independent and self-managed
    learning, which includes the capacity to undertake appropriate enquiry, carry out
    analysis and provide evidence to support conclusions.
    The assignment will also test students’ skills:
  • Communication and interpersonal skills including written presentation skills (report
    writing).
  • Ability to research a topic independently (research and information gathering
    techniques).
    B/ KEY DATES
  • Submission date: 18th Jan 2021 by 10 am. Each student submits ONE document/report
    only. The submission will be through Turnitin via studentcentral.
    C/ SUBMISSION GUIDANCE
    Students must submit all work for assessment via Turnitin before the deadline.
    Your submission responsibilities
    It is your responsibility to ensure that the electronic submission of your work is successful and
    completed on time. How to ensure a successful submission:
    1 Make sure you know the deadline date and time and do not leave your submission
    until 5 minutes before the deadline.
    2 Make sure you are submitting the correct size file (Max 100mb for Turnitin) and file
    type, eg. Word, PDF etc.
    3 Once you have submitted, make sure the submission was successful, you should
    receive an email receipt.
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    Turnitin submission
    Please read the following information before you submit the coursework
    • How to submit guides
    • Viewing Feedback and Grades
    • Reporting a technical issue
    • You must report issues to the servicedesk as soon as possible:
    • servicedesk@brighton.ac.uk or by phone on 01273 64(4444)
    Misconduct
    You must avoid plagiarism. Find out what Plagiarism is and understand why universities
    expect you to be so clear about how you have developed your ideas.
    Students should be aware that all reports will be submitted via Turnitin for plagiarism check.
    Students are encouraged to read University of Brighton’s guidance on how to avoid plagiarism
    at http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/askbusinessschool/reading-research-dissertations/avoidingplagiarism/. The University of Brighton has also produced a guide – the Plagiarism awareness
    pack – to help you understand why universities expect you to be so clear about how you have
    developed your ideas, what other writers have influenced this process and the basis for
    any information claims you are making.
    Word count
    Your word count does not include content pages, appendices, footnotes, abstracts,
    bibliographies, reference lists, diagrams/graphs/images, title sequences, credits. You need to
    provide your word count in the front sheet. A margin of +10% of the word count limit will be
    applied before a penalty is considered.
    You should state your word count in the first page of your coursework. Failing to provide your
    word count in the front sheet may affect your marks. If your work is significantly shorter, then
    you will probably have failed to provide the level of detail required.
    If the coursework submitted is very much in excess of the limit set there is no expectation that
    staff will read the entire piece or provide feedback on every aspect. Therefore, the proposed
    penalties are as follows:
    +10%: no penalty
    +>10% – 20%: 5% penalty
    +>20% – 30%: 10% penalty
    +>30% – 40%: 15% penalty
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    +>40% – 50%: 20% penalty
    +>50%: 40% penalty (maximum penalty).
    Referencing style
    As a student, you will be taught how to write correctly referenced essays using the standard
    Harvard referencing system. The standard Harvard referencing style is explained in Brighton
    Business School’s Referencing Handbook 4th edition (available at
    https://student.brighton.ac.uk/mod_docs%2FBBS%2Fmiscellaneous%2FBrighton%20Busine
    ss%20School%20Referencing%20Handbook.pdf).
    A sample of structure and presentation of the report is in Appendix 1.
    D/ COURSEWORK REQUIREMENT
    The coursework should consist of 1,200 words (excluding content pages, , appendices,
    footnotes, abstracts, bibliographies, reference lists, diagrams/graphs/images, title sequences,
    credits). You should draw upon and reference, where applicable, to appropriate research
    articles, articles in professional magazines and the financial press.
    Background information
    As businesses start to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ernst & Young Global
    Integrity Report 2020 reveal divisions on the repercussions for company ethics due to the
    pandemic. Key results are as follows:
    • 90% of respondents believe that disruption, because of COVID-19, poses a risk to
    ethical business conduct
    • 43% of board members think the pandemic could lead to better business ethics;
    only 21% of junior employees agree
    • 55% of board members have confidence in management teams to demonstrate
    professional integrity; only 37% of junior employees share the same sentiment.
    Andrew Gordon, EY Global Forensic & Integrity Services Leader, says: “We are in the
    middle of the fastest transformation the global economy has ever experienced. Extreme
    pressures can lead to moral and ethical decisions that organizations must respond to at
    speed and under increased scrutiny. Leaders must have confidence that their employees
    at all levels will act with integrity. Yet, tone from the top is important, and we can clearly
    see that some employees do not have faith that their boards and senior leaders will be
    making the right choices. Now is the time to ensure that leaders act in a way that
    demonstrates to all their stakeholders a commitment to doing the right thing now, next
    and beyond.”
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    Reported by Konstantinos Makrygiannis, EY Press Release: Global businesses divided
    on implications of COVID-19 crisis for company ethics, 26th June 2020. Available at:
    https://www.ey.com/en_gl/news/2020/06/global-businesses-divided-on-implicationsof-covid-19-crisis-for-company-ethics
    Required:
    You are required to evaluate the effects of COVID-19 crisis on business ethics of a listed
    company of your choice (the UK or worldwide). Using the stakeholder theory, you are
    required to:
    i) Summarise the business of the chosen company and its environment.
    (10 marks)
    ii) Identify key stakeholders of the chosen company and explain their interests
    in the company.
    (20 marks)
    iii) Critically evaluate how the COVID-19 crisis affects the interests of key
    stakeholders identified in (ii) above. What are the ethical issues that may
    arise?
    (20 marks)
    iv) Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of policies implemented by
    governments, industries, and the chosen company during COVID-19 crisis
    in terms of business ethics.
    (20 marks)
    v) Apply your knowledge to suggest corporate policies to help the chosen
    company to improve business ethics in post-COVID-19 crisis.
    (20 marks)
    (Total marks 90)
    The report will receive the remaining 10 marks for exceptional presentation, logically
    structured, using correct grammar and spelling, and evidence of reading a wide range of
    supplementary sources and a good list of references.
    It is important that you have a balanced report based on allocated marks. For example, you
    should spend more word counts on the requirement (ii) (20 marks) than the requirement (i) (10
    marks). Similarly, the length of your answer to the requirement (iii) should be somehow equal
    to your answers to the requirements (iv) and (v) because they all have 20 marks each.
    Appendix 2 provides guidance on criteria for assessment, where appropriate.
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    APPENDIX 1: Suggested structure and presentation of the report
    Structure for report
    o Front sheet (including word count).
    o Title page, including the given title in full.
    o Introduction (abstract).
    o Main body with appropriate headings.
    o Conclusion.
    o Numbered appendices.
    Presentation
    Your work should be word processed in accordance with the following:
    • Font style, Times New Roman, font size 12
    • 1.5 line spacing
    • The page orientation should be ‘portrait’
    • Margins on both sides of the page should be no less than 2.5 cm
    • Pages should be numbered
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    APPENDIX 2: Criteria for Assessment (Level 5) – FA265 Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
    Classificati
    on
    %
    Rang
    e
    Content Application of
    Theory
    Knowledge and
    Understanding
    Evidence of
    Reading
    Referencin
    g and
    Bibliograp
    hy
    Presentation,
    Grammar and
    Spelling
    I
    [Outstandin
    g Work]
    80 –
    100
    Extensive critical
    evaluation and
    synthesis of issues
    and material which
    includes original and
    reflective thinking
    Evidence of
    detailed, relevant
    application of
    theory, and/or
    empirical results,
    where applicable
    Excellent
    knowledge and
    depth of
    understanding of
    principles and
    concepts
    Evidence of
    reading a wide
    range of
    supplementary
    sources
    Excellent
    referencing
    and
    bibliograph
    y
    Exceptional
    presentation,
    logically
    structured, using
    correct grammar
    and spelling
    I
    [Excellent
    Work]
    70 –
    79
    Some critical
    evaluation and
    synthesis of issues
    and material which
    includes some
    originality
    Clear evidence of
    relevant
    application of
    theory and/or
    empirical results,
    where applicable
    Comprehensive
    knowledge and
    depth of
    understanding of
    principles and
    concepts
    Evidence of
    reading a range
    of
    supplementary
    sources
    Comprehen
    sive
    referencing
    and
    bibliograph
    y
    Excellent, well
    directed
    presentation,
    logically
    structured, using
    correct grammar
    and spelling
    II (i)
    [Good
    Quality
    Work]
    60 –
    69
    Evaluation and
    synthesis of main
    issues and material
    Appropriate
    application of
    theory and/or
    empirical results,
    where applicable
    Knowledge and a
    sound
    understanding of
    principles and
    concepts
    Adequate
    evidence of
    reading
    supplementary
    sources
    Appropriat
    e
    referencing
    and
    bibliograph
    y
    Good presentation
    logically
    structured, using
    correct grammar
    and spelling
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    Classificati
    on
    %
    Rang
    e
    Content Application of
    Theory
    Knowledge and
    Understanding
    Evidence of
    Reading
    Referencin
    g and
    Bibliograp
    hy
    Presentation,
    Grammar and
    Spelling
    II (ii)
    [Acceptable
    Work]
    50 –
    59
    Accurate description
    of main issues and
    material with some
    evaluation
    Occasional
    relevant
    application of
    theory and/or
    empirical results
    Knowledge and
    understanding of
    key principles and
    concepts only
    Evidence of
    directed
    reading and
    some
    supplementary
    sources
    Adequate
    referencing
    and
    bibliograph
    y
    Orderly
    presentation,
    competently
    structured and
    acceptable
    grammar and
    spelling
    III
    [Adequate
    Work]
    40 –
    49
    Description of main
    issues and material
    only
    Limited evidence
    of relevant
    application of
    theory and/or
    empirical results
    Basic knowledge
    and understanding
    of key principles
    and concepts only
    Evidence of
    directed
    reading only
    Limited
    referencing
    and
    bibliograph
    y
    Weak presentation
    and structure,
    acceptable
    grammar and
    spelling
    Fail
    (marginal)
    [Limited
    Work]
    35 –
    39
    Omission of some
    relevant material
    Very limited
    evidence of
    application of
    theory and/or
    empirical results
    Limited and/or
    superficial
    knowledge and
    understanding of
    key principles and
    concepts
    Evidence of
    minimal
    reading only
    Inadequate
    referencing
    and
    bibliograph
    y
    Poor presentation,
    structure, grammar
    and spelling
    Fail 0 – 34 Insufficient and
    largely irrelevant
    material
    No evidence of
    application of
    Little or no
    knowledge and
    understanding of
    Little or no
    evidence of
    reading
    Little or no
    referencing
    and
    Unacceptable
    presentation,
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    Classificati
    on
    %
    Rang
    e
    Content Application of
    Theory
    Knowledge and
    Understanding
    Evidence of
    Reading
    Referencin
    g and
    Bibliograp
    hy
    Presentation,
    Grammar and
    Spelling
    [Unaccepta
    ble Work]
    theory and/or
    empirical results
    key principles and
    concepts
    bibliograph
    y
    structure, grammar
    and spelling

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