Follow the guideline as in the document
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS
· On Week 7, your Professor will share with you a Case Study on CSR, and will comment its most important aspects in class. The Case Study comes with three questions that you are required to answer. From that moment on, you will have seven days to complete your task.
· Each of the questions come with the minimum and maximum amount of words to be used in your answers:
· Question 1: 200/350 words.
· Question 2: 300/450 words.
· Question 3: 500/700 words.
· Therefore, the minimum amount of words to be used is 1.000, and the maximum is 1.500.
· Appendices and References, if used, do not count towards the final word count.
· Font: Arial. Size: 12,5pts. Line spacing: 1,5. Text align: Justified.
Outcomes: This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
· LO1: Understand the concept of sustainability and its implications and become familiar with the main approaches to business ethics and corporate social responsibility
· LO2: Specify the ethical and social consequences of an alternative and understand why ethics are an essential dimension of decision- making
· LO3: Learn how to make ethical judgments and integrate them in the decision-making process
· LO4: Understand commonly-occurring ethical issues and dilemmas in managing businesses
· LO5: Relate ethics to the performance of organizations
· LO6: Determine how to improve the responsibility of business on respecting human rights and the natural environment, promoting human development and contributing to a better society
· LO7: Communicate in terms of responsibility and accountability.
PLAGIARISM ADVICE TO SUPPLEMENT THIS DOCUMENT
OVERALL SCORE IN TURNITIN UNDER 20%
NO ONE ITEM OVER 5%
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND QUOTES DON´T COUNT TO THE SCORE – TURNINTIN WILL BE SET UP SO THAT THESE ARE NOT COUNTED TO SCORE
USE THE HARVARD SYSTEM FOR REFENCING AND PROVIDE IN TEXT CITATIONS
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Knowledge and Identification of the main Issues
Identifies and demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the main issues / problems in the case study
Identifies and demonstrates an accomplished understanding of most of the issues/problems.
Identifies and demonstrates acceptable understanding of some of the issues/problems in the case study
Does not identify or demonstrate an acceptable understanding of the issues/problems in the case study
Student applies fully relevant knowledge to the situation provided
Student applies mostly relevant knowledge to the situation provided
Student applies some relevant knowledge to the situation provided. Some minor misunderstandings may be evident.
Student applies little relevant knowledge to the situation provided. Misunderstandings are evident.
Student assembles a coherent response to the question, providing a range of support and justification that leads to a well-reasoned conclusion
Student assembles a good response to the question, providing support and justification that lead to a well-reasoned conclusion
Student assembles a fair response to the question, providing some support and justification that lead to a well-reasoned conclusion. Minor misunderstandings may be evident
Student’s response to the question lacks coherence. Limited support and justification are provided that may or may not be well linked to the conclusion
Student communicates ideas extremely clearly and concisely. Compliance with the guidelines on font, size, line spacing and text align will also be taken into account.
Student communicates ideas clearly and concisely. Compliance with the guidelines on font, size, line spacing and text align will also be taken into account.
Student communicates ideas fairly clearly and concisely. Compliance with the guidelines on font, size, line spacing and text align will also be taken into account.
Student attempts to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, with some problems. Student does not follow the guidelines on font, size, line spacing and text align.
SUSTAINABILITY AT IKEA IS BASED ON OUR VISION AND BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS
Read the following extract from the following document produced by Ikea, “People & Planet Positive IKEA Group Sustainability Strategy for 2020” taken from
and then answer the questions below the extract:
At IKEA we are guided by our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people. And what is good for people is also good for us in the long run. Our business idea, to combine good form, function and quality with built-in sustainability, at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford them, is the foundation for our contribution to a better home for people with ordinary incomes. The home is the most important place in the world and a better home makes everyday life a little bit better. We also recognise that we have a responsibility beyond the home through the impact of our business and the role we have in society. We need to make a small, but significant, contribution. We want to economise with resources. We do not want to be wasteful and we always strive to make more from less. This is part of core IKEA values. It goes back to our roots in the rocky landscape of Småland in Southern Sweden where people had to make the most out of the scarce resources at their disposal. This continues to influence us as we develop our range, and distribution and sales solutions.
Our vision, business idea and values were the starting point for our environmental initiatives many years ago, as well as for introducing IWAY, our code of conduct for suppliers, and our social programmes. Sustainability – environmental, economic and social well-being for today and tomorrow – is becoming an integrated part of our business and is one of the strategic cornerstones in the IKEA Group direction “Growing IKEA Together”. The IKEA sustainability direction, launched in 2013, sets a common framework for all IKEA trademark companies and this People & Planet Positive strategy compliments that direction.
Led and supported by hard-working people across IKEA, we have already taken many steps aimed at making our business more sustainable and to name just a few:
· Our commitment to children’s rights is integrated throughout the company. We have a dedicated code of conduct for the prevention of child labour, The IKEA Way on Preventing Child Labour. It outlines our strict requirements on prevention of child labour in our supply chain and explains how we will act in the best interest of the children involved if any cases of child labour are found. We also support the safe and legal employment of young workers to support their development. When it comes to our products and stores, we try to think from a child’s perspective. We want our products to aid their development and for our stores to child friendly.
· In 2013, we produced renewable energy equivalent to one third of our total energy consumption. We have currently installed around 550,000 photovoltaic panels on more than 100 stores and other buildings in nine countries, and we have 96 wind turbines in operation in seven countries. We have committed to own and operate wind turbines in ten countries. Eighty-two per cent of the heat energy used by IKEA Industry Group comes from biomass. We also want to use less energy and compared to 2010, the energy efficiency of our stores has improved by 8%, and our distribution centres by 9%.
We have taken a stand for fewer and safer chemicals. We have banned PVC from our products12 and lead in mirrors, dramatically reduced formaldehyde from lacquers and glues, and we never use optical brighteners in IKEA textiles. We are also making dramatic changes to some of the products we sell. We phased out incandescent bulbs in favour of more energy efficient compact fluorescents in 2010; we will now roll out LEDs in the same way – at the lowest prices.
· We are turning waste into resources and less than 15% of the waste generated in our stores has gone to landfill. In our Industry Group, we take waste wood that would have been burnt or gone to landfill and turn it into new board for wardrobes or bookshelves. We source raw materials with care; in order to protect the environment and have a positive impact on people and communities. By sourcing raw materials from more sustainable sources, we can protect the environment and make sure people have access to clean water, decent work and can help to protect land rights in the communities where we source. We work with others to transform industries and are founding members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), and have maintained successful partnerships with UNICEF, Save the Children and WWF for a decade or more
1. With reference to the above extract, explain the causes and the consequences found in the case study in relation to social and/or environmental issues.
2. Identify the main stakeholders involved in this case and evaluate to what extent each of them is responsible for this situation.
3. What CSR model/approach would you recommend for this situation? Explain in detail your reasoning for the chosen model and identify potential weaknesses this model might have in this context.