MGT 166: BUSINESS ETHICS AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Final Paper Description, Requirements and Scoring Criteria
In preparing this paper, you will apply what you have learned in the course. The purpose of this assignment is to help you synthesize what you have
learned and further your learning by applying it in a specific scenario.
This assignment involves imagining yourself in this situation: You are a senior partner in a large, well-respected global consulting firm that has been in
business for many years. In fact, you were one of the founding partners of the firm when it was established long ago. You and your team of
consultants work with senior management teams on corporate strategy, overcoming challenges a company is facing, and helping companies identify
and pursue new business opportunities. At this point in your career, senior executives of some of the world’s largest companies seek you out and
engage your firm for guidance.
Salus Corporation is one of these companies. You have known the new CEO for several years. He has hired your firm to consult on a plan for
reinvigorating his company. You will lead your firm’s consulting team in this new engagement. Your Final Paper is the guidance you will provide to
Salus Corporation. It is a formal report at the conclusion of your consulting engagement. (You can skip ahead to read about Salus Corporation’s
situation now if you would like. Remember to come back and continue reading from here.)
If you have a question about the Final Paper, post it to the Discussion “Final Paper Questions & Answers” on Canvas. This way everyone can see the
questions and the responses. You may want to subscribe to this discussion and read posts even if you do not post a question.
Demonstrate your knowledge of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and make the business case for it
Identify and assess the potential impact of social, economic and environmental issues and opportunities over time on a specific business
Demonstrate your ability to differentiate the roles played by business, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments with
respect to CSR. Anticipate the interactions among these groups related to a specific CSR opportunity or issue.
Your Final Paper must be primarily your independent thoughts and ideas. You are to work on it entirely on your own. You are not to discuss the
assignment with anyone else. Doing so is a violation of academic integrity.
You may do independent research however that is not necessary or recommended. The course materials, lectures and assignments are sufficient for
You are to demonstrate your understanding of concepts from the course by applying them accurately in your consulting work with Salus Corporation.
Defining concepts is insufficient. You must:
1) Identify the root causes of the company’s issues
2) Explain what the company needs to do and give prioritized recommendations
3) State the expected outcomes from your recommendations
4) Identify the potential risks in your recommended actions
You are to help your client understand how the course concepts you are using are relevant to the client company and its goals. Your
recommendations should be for specific actions the company should take. Concepts from the class are to be integrated into a cohesive strategy for
the client company, not simply listed as a series of objectives or actions. These are the concepts you are required to address in your paper:
Stakeholders Extended producer responsibility Creating shared value
License to operate Life cycle assessment Circular economy
You do not have to use specifically these terms. You do have to demonstrate your understanding of these concepts by applying them in your work.
Review the descriptions of each of these terms. You will find them in the file “Key Concepts”. There is a link to this file at the bottom of the course
Canvas home page.
The work of others must be cited unless the information contained in their work can be considered common knowledge easily obtained from a
number of sources. Beware of the following:
Paraphrasing – even if words are changed and reorganized, a citation is required.
Summarizing – even if there is a concise or “boiled down” rewrite, a citation of the original source is required.
At the upper left corner of the first page, provide, in single spaced lines:
EXAMPLE: Rachel Carson
Final Paper due June 9, 2020
500 – 600 words, excluding information in the upper left of the page, citations and the bibliography if you include one. The word limit applies
only to the body of your Final Paper.
1” margins on all sides of the page
1.5 line spacing in the body of the paper
Microsoft Word 11-point Ariel or Calibri font or the equivalent
Provide the word count in parenthesis at the end of your Final Paper. (You may use the word count function in your software.)
Files must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) file format. NOTE: Apple’s .pages is not an accepted format.