HR9412 – Business, Economy and Society


Northumbria University



Module Code

Business, Economy and Society

General Information


Further information about general assessment criteria, ARNA regulations, referencing and plagiarism can be found on the e-Learning Portal (Blackboard) site for the module. Students are advised to read and follow this information.


Instructions on Assessment


Submit a 3,000-word report in which you evaluate the impact of a business organisation on a social, environmental, or ethical issue of your choice.

You should identify any social, environmental, or ethical issue introduced in the module (e.g., social inequalities, climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, use of big data, transparency vs. protecting privacy, etc.) and discuss how this issue affects or is affected by business organisations.

Whilst in the group presentation you were asked to demonstrate how your chosen organisation contributed to a particular problem,for your individual report you should analyse an organisation who is working to address your issue of choice in their business practices. We strongly encourage you to choose one of the recommended organisations from the list provided (see next page).You will analyse their sustainable, responsible, or ethical management practicesand how thesecontribute to addressthe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Guidance for writing the report


You are encouraged to structure your report as follows:

  • Introduction to the report and rationale for the choice of organisation [c. 300 words]
  • Literature review discussing the issue you are analysing and how it affects or is affected by business organisations in general (refer to relevant concepts and theories from both academic sources and recent news).Some social, environmental, and ethical issuescan be interrelated (e.g., unsafe working conditions, pollution and organisation ethical misconduct), but we recommend you concentrate on only one issue to help you develop a thorough review.You should include examples of different organisations and industries to illustrate your arguments.[c. 900 words]
  • Analysis of the chosen organisation in relation to the selected social, environmental, or ethical issue with the support of a business tool (e.g., any business tool used in the seminars, such as developing scenarios, potential problem analysis, sustainable business model canvas, etc.), highlighting how their practices contribute to address any related SDGs.You should also support your analysis with sources which can include articles from the news, the company website, employee reviews, academic research, etc. [c. 1,200 words]
  • Self-reflection on what lessons you have learned for the future and how you might act differently through investigating this issue at personal and professional levels. [c.600 words]
  • Reference list


The number of words in brackets are for reference only.


Whilst you are generally encouraged to write academic documents in the third person singular, you can write the self-reflection section in the first person singular.

Recommended Organisations:

We encourage you to choose one of the organisations below:

Riverford Organic Farmers – riverford.co.uk

Suma Wholesale Cooperative – coop.suma

Big River Bakery – bigriverbakery.shopify.com

Juntos – Juntos.co

Divine Chocolate – divinechocolate.com

Fairphone – faiphone.com

Space to Breathe – spacetobreathethecollective

Your work should be presented in the correct format of a report. Support for academic writing skills can be accessed here: https://library.northumbria.ac.uk/skillsplus/

You should ensure that any sources used in the construction of your report are correctly cited as instructed in the guidance here: https://library.northumbria.ac.uk/skillsplus/rlo?55388321

Submission of Assessment & Feedback

A submission portal will be set up for you to submit an electronic copy of your HR9412 assessment via the eLP (Blackboard) and by the submission date provided on the blackboard site.

You are not required to submit a hard copy of your HR9412 assessment. All elements of your report should be submitted within the website and submitted as one single link to a webpage.

Summative Feedback– you will be provided with a mark and feedback on your assignment, which will include any actions to be taken to improve performance. This will be provided electronically via Turnitin.

Formative Feedback– all students should take note of the formative feedback provided during the seminars throughout the semester in order to feed this forward into their final summative assessment. You will have the opportunity to discuss and to receive preliminary feedback that will help you improve your writing ahead of the final submission.

Late submission of work

Where coursework is submitted without approval, after the published hand-in deadline, the following penalties will apply.

For coursework submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval, 10% of the total marks available for the assessment (i.e.,100%) shall be deducted from the assessment mark.