Your manager has asked you to look at ethical issues that might and do affect your company. From this, they would like you to develop a Corporate Social Responsibility Report along with having a clear understanding of the legal responsibilities. You are required to carry out research and 3 tasks to contribute towards this activity

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Level 4 Diploma in Business and Professional Administration
Unit 402 Business Ethics
UNIT ASSIGNMENT BRIEF
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Task Evidence Unit coverage
(LO and AC
references)
Grading Ref
1 Written Account 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1,
2.2
P/M/D
2 Briefing Report 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 P/M/D
3 Presentation
Slides and Notes
4.1, 4.2, 4.3 P/M/D
Additional guidance
 If you are in relevant work, the assessment tasks can be adapted to the context
of your workplace. This should be agreed by the employer and yourself in
advance
 Where you are not employed, or it is not practicable to use your own
organisation, a suitable organisation should be identified and used as the basis
for the task. Skills Coach/Tutor guidance and approval will be needed
 In each case, the Skills Coach/Tutor must ensure that there is sufficient detail to
ensure you can engage with all learning outcomes
 Evidence of research should be handed in with the evidence for all tasks
 The nominal word count for this assignment is 2000 – 3000 words per task.
However, individuals have different writing styles, and there is no penalty if the
word count range is exceeded
 If you are required to produce a written report for a task, please ensure you use a
semi-formal report layout for your written reports, as this will benefit the flow and
structure of the report. E.g. Introduction, main body with tasks titles and a titled
bibliography
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Unit 402 Business Ethics
Scenario/context
Your manager has asked you to look at ethical issues that might and do affect your
company. From this, they would like you to develop a Corporate Social
Responsibility Report along with having a clear understanding of the legal
responsibilities. You are required to carry out research and 3 tasks to contribute
towards this activity. You should refer to the unit specification in your handbook, and
you will see that words in bold link to verbs and range.
Task 1 (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2)
Produce a written account of the role and application of ethics within your business
practice.
Your account should include:
 An explanation of the nature and purpose of business ethics. You should
think about why it is important to have business ethics, a definition and
relationship between ethics and law and business ethics.
 A description of theories on ethics, which apply to business practice. You
need to consider a range of theories and make sure you relate them back to
the scenario or the context of your workplace if appropriate. Theories you
should consider are egoism, utilitarianism, human rights, Kantian ethics,
social and contract.
 A description of how governments influence ethical approaches to business.
You should give examples of when governments, businesses have interacted
and their collaborative role in ethical policies. Examples include IMF, World
Banks.
 A description of contemporary national and international ethical issues
affecting businesses. You need to consider a range of issues both national
and international. Make sure you relate them to the scenario or the context of
your workplace if appropriate and can include ethical trade, corruption, child
labour and globalisation.
 An explanation of the impact ethical issues on business activities. You
should explain the influence of ethics on regular day-to-day business activities
and make sure you relate them to the scenario or the context of your
workplace if appropriate.
Evidence to be handed in: Written Account
Task 2 (3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
You have to prepare a briefing report on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as
your company is having a board meeting and need to consider how they involve
stakeholder engagement when creating or updating the CSR policy.
You should prepare a briefing report, which includes the following:
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 An explanation of the principles of corporate social responsibility. You need
to define and explain the meaning of CSR and why it is important to make
sure you relate them back to the scenario or the context of your workplace if
appropriate.
 An analysis on how corporate social responsibility requirement impact on
business decision-making. Make sure you consider the impact in detail,
considering both the positives and negatives; give examples of the impact
which could be environmental, impact on contractual stakeholders etc.
 A description of the importance of stakeholder engagement on the
creation of corporate social responsibility policies. You should clearly outline
the significance of stakeholder engagement and the range of stakeholders
that should be engaged with.
Evidence to be handed in: Briefing Report
Task 3 (4.1, 4.2, 4.3)
After the board meeting, the board have now agreed on ensuring that there is a
defined corporate social responsibility policy. The board is keen to understand the
legal impact of ethical principles to ensure that they promote positive workplace
relationships.
The board would like you to present your findings at the next board meeting. You
must prepare notes and a set of presentation slides outlining the following:
 A description of the legal principles, which used to underpin organisational
policies and procedures for diverse communities. You should consider the
legal policies that you have already in place and how they promote diversity
and consider what a diverse community is and how that impacts the
workplace both positively and negatively.
 An explanation of the advantages to organisations of addressing and
enhancing legal and ethical obligations. You must explain the positives of
making sure your company is compliant and how they will improve positive
workplace relationships.
 An explanation of the need for training and education to promote
adherence to established ethical policies and procedures. You should
consider why it is important for training and education, examples and make
sure you relate them to the scenario or the context of your workplace if
appropriate.
Evidence to be handed in: Presentation slides and notes
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Unit 402
Grading criteria
For each task, the grading criteria to be applied are as follows: At pass, these are the relevant assessment criteria (AC) from the unit. Notes on the form evidence might take in the context
of the specific tasks are also to be noted where appropriate.
Pass
The learner has:
Merit
The learner has achieved everything at
pass grade and has:
Distinction
The learner has achieved
everything at pass and merit grade
and has:
Generic
descriptors
A sound application of the knowledge and
understanding of the unit allows the assessment
criteria for each task to be met.
An appropriate and accurate application of
the knowledge and understanding of the unit
allows the tasks to be completed to a
generally high standard, with evidence of only
minor flaws in some complex areas.
Application of knowledge and
understanding is drawn together from
a range of sources/ experiences into
highly considered application
allowing a consistently high standard
in complex area.
A solid understanding of the key concepts. Some
understanding may be simplistic, narrow or shallow.
Individual topics are dealt with separately but
understanding is clear with some limited
justification.
A sound understanding of the breadth/depth
of the relevant concepts.
Topics are dealt with in relation to each other
and communicated clearly with some
appropriate justification.
A well-developed understanding of
the relevant concepts. Relationships
between topics are highly developed
and may be set in context.
Interactions between topics are
clearly expressed.
Generally accurate recall of the unit content without
serious misapprehensions or gaps. Recall may be
slow or show signs of difficulty/uncertainty, minor
misapprehensions may occur
Accurate and complete recall of the breadth
and depth of the unit content. Recall is
confident
Some facts/knowledge which go
beyond the requirements of the unit.
Recall is automatic and can be
brought together making useful
connections.
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Tasks Pass
The learner has:
Merit
The learner has achieved everything at
pass grade and has:
Distinction
The learner has achieved everything at
pass and merit grade and has:
1 1.1 Explain the nature
and purpose of
business ethics
Some aspects of
business ethics are
described
accurately, and
there is evidence of
an attempt to
support these by
referencing to a
limited range of
underpinning
theories.
Nature and purpose of business
ethics is explained in reasonable
detail, and the underpinning theories
are applied by reference to realistic
examples
Nature and purpose is thoroughly
explained in all respects and evaluated
in certain areas. Theories are fully
applies and a range of highly relevant
examples are used to illustrate
application to business practice

1.2 Describe theories
on ethics which apply to
business practice
1.3 Describe how
governments influence
ethical approaches to
business
The rationale behind government
intervention is addressed, and a
balanced evaluation of its influence
over businesses is explained
Government strategies in relation to
ethics are fully explored, and evaluated
2.1 Describe
contemporary national
and international ethical
issues affecting
businesses
Analysis is brief,
and only a limited
range of issues are
identified and
addressed.
Some analysis and specific illustration
of national and international ethical
dilemmas is evident, together with
some analysis of its impact on
business
A detailed comparative analysis of
national and international ethical issues
is produced, differentiating between the
two, accompanied by a full evaluation of
both on business practice
2.2 Explain the impact
of ethical issues on
business activities
2 3.1 Explain the
principles of Corporate
Social Responsibility
An analysis has
been carried out,
and a few
appropriate
principles
evaluated

A range of CSR principles are
analysed, and some application of
their impact on the practice within the
case study is evident

The analysis of CSR principles is fully
developed, and there is a clear and
practice-informed application of these to
all aspects of the case study

3.2 Analyse how
corporate social
responsibility
requirements impact on
business decisionmaking

3.3 describe the
importance of
stakeholder
engagement on the
creation of corporate
social responsibility
policies
An analysis of the main principles of
stakeholder engagement is evident
from the report presented, and this is
applied to a range of identified
stakeholders.
The issues and challenges applicable to
stakeholder engagement are fully
analysed and applied in detail to all
relevant stakeholders. There is a
comprehensive application of principles
to the case study, with identified
recommendations
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3 4.1 Describe the legal
principles which are
used to underpin
organisational policies
and procedures for
diverse communities
A basic and
generalised
explanation of the
main points is
provided
The legal principles for all relevant
areas are analysed, with some
examples and evidence of application
to the scenario
The analysis of legal principles is
detailed, accurate and comprehensive,
and evidence wide background reading.
4.2 Explain the
advantages to
organisations of
addressing and
enhancing legal and
ethical obligations
The benefits and costs of addressing
and enhancing obligations are
analysed and applied to the
organisation in question in the chosen
area
All relevant legal and ethical obligations
are clearly identified, and the
consequences of non-adherence for the
company in question are fully discussed
4.3 Explain the need for
training and education
to promote adherence
to established ethical
policies and
procedures.
The case for the organisation to
undertake such training is clearly setout
in a professional manner, and the
reputational, financial and social costs
are addressed
The case for training and education
covers all relevant areas, and explicitly
addresses the needs of the target
audience in relation to the chosen area