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MMH733 Ethics for Managers


MMH733 – Ethics for Managers

Trimester 2 2022

Assessment 2 – SDG Company Analysis

Learning Outcome Details

Unit Learning Outcome (ULO)Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO)
ULO 1: Analyse the ethically and politically charged nature of managerial work arising from responsibilities towards diverse stakeholder groups.GL01: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities GL08: Global citizenship
ULO 2: Propose and evaluate managerial responses to complex ethical and sustainability issues.GL01: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities GL08: Global citizenship
ULO 3: Develop a knowledge and capacity to manage in a sustainable, socially responsible and ethical manner.GL06: Self-management GL08: Global citizenship

Assessment Feedback:

Students who submit their work by the due date will receive their marks and feedback on CloudDeakin within 15 working days (3 calendar weeks).

Description / Requirements

Word limit:3000 words
Formatting:Report Format; 1.5 line spacing; 12-point font; Times New Roman or Arial

Sustainability analysis of a Mining Company                                 

Identify a Mining company of your own choice and add it to the Assignment 2 Company Selection area on Cloud Deakin (note that your choice must be different to those already listed).

Collect information about the positive and negative stakeholder impact of this company from publicly available documents (e.g.: sustainability reports, company reports, ASX or ABS reports, media coverage, and any other credible source). Identify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are relevant to this company. You may consider using the following as a resource: SDG Compass.

Your report should address the following:

  1. The major challenges, relating to the implementation of SDGs, facing the company. You are expected to focus briefly on the following issues:
    1. What are the current sustainability foci of the company?
    1. Explain what factors are driving the company to manage sustainable development more effectively.
    1. Are SDGs currently being used by the company (implicitly or explicitly) in planning and reporting?
  2. What three (3) SDGs are most relevant to the company and why?
  3. Propose and justify innovative, viable strategies for this company in order to meaningfully contribute toward the three (3) SDGs. What would be appropriate targets and/or indicators to evaluate these strategies?

Submission Instructions

You must nominate your chosen company via the Assignment 2 Company Selection Area of the MMH733 site on Cloud Deakin. The Company Selection Tool will be made available at the close of the Assessment 1 submission date. Company choice is “first come, first served”, this means that if another student has chosen the company before you, you must choose another company as the basis of your assignment. Please also note that any attempt to circumvent this process (ie: by using a slightly different nomenclature for the company) will result in your choice being deemed “null and void” by the Unit Chair – it is your responsibility to review the list of previously chosen companies prior to registering your choice.

Submission is online via Cloud Deakin

Submissions are required to be in MS Word (or compatible) format

You must keep a backup copy of every assignment you submit, until the marked assignment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assignments is misplaced, you will need to submit your backup copy.

Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism.

When you are required to submit an assignment through your CloudDeakin unit site, you will receive an email to your Deakin email address confirming that it has been submitted. You should check that you can see your assignment in the Submissions view of the Assignment dropbox folder after upload, and check for, and keep, the email receipt for the submission.

Assignment 2 Part A (and B) Template

Cover Page

Ensure a cover page is attached to the front of your report, showing unit name, your name, date of submission, and your student ID number.

Abstract (approx. 200 words; not included in word count)

Type a short abstract that briefly describes the purpose of the project, and what the main findings are.

(You may want to do the abstract once the assignment is done.)

Introduction (approx. 150 words) This section must cover two main things:

  • a brief introduction and background to the study

For the introduction and background, you must provide a brief introduction to the reader about the assignment, its relevance and importance etc.

  • the objectives of the study

You need to clearly state the key objectives of the assignment.

Body of the report (approx. 2700 words)

Address the key areas identified in the assignment task and discuss from the perspective of business ethics (i.e.: you are expected to integrate your understanding of the content of the course). You should allocate approximately equal weight to each of the areas specified (i.e.: 1(a, b & c), 2 and 3 = 750 – 850 words per question).

Conclusion (approx. 150 words)

Write a short concluding comment which reminds the reader what the main purpose of the research was, how you went about addressing the objectives of the study, what data you used and the main findings were.

Also write a short paragraph on the main limitations of your report…i.e. what is/are the main weaknesses of the study which you would like to bring to the attention of the readers.


Include a list of relevant references in alphabetical order, using Harvard style.

Additional appendices are acceptable if relevant to the main report.

Additional Information

Submission of Report

Students are required to submit only an electronic copy of their report (in MS Word) in the area provided on Cloud Deakin by 8 pm on the due date.

Supporting diagrams

Use tables and diagrams where appropriate. All tables and diagrams must be numbered, labelled and briefly explained in the text of your paper e.g. “Table 2 shows the GDP growth of the main economies………………. ”


Use a 12-point font. (Times New Roman or Arial). The report should be 1.5 line spaced with an extra line space between each paragraph. Please use page numbers and indicate at the end of your report the word count.

Word Count

The word limit is 3000 words and will be strictly adhered to. A 10% penalty (from the available marks) will apply for exceeding from this word limit.

The following sections are NOT included in the word count: Cover Page; Abstract; References; and Appendices.


Students are expected to prepare for the report by reading and citing a range of references. These could include journal articles, books, newspaper articles, business reports, and government reports.


Extensions may be granted on the grounds of illness or special consideration (not foreseen possibilities like travel time taken for work). If you need an extension please discuss this with the unit chair as soon as possible. A medical certificate must accompany any extension requests based on illness.

Assessment of the report

This report is worth 40% of your final grade. The rubric is available on CloudDeakin. You should refer to these criteria when preparing your report.

Note that you are required to reference appropriately using the Harvard (In-text) referencing format – not referencing your work will result in a substantial loss of marks.


  • Penalties for late submission: The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date without an approved extension: 5% will be deducted from available marks for each day up to five days, and work that is submitted more than five days after the due date will not be marked. You will receive 0% for the task. ‘Day’ means working day for paper submissions and calendar day for electronic submissions. The Unit Chair may refuse to accept a late submission where it is unreasonable or impracticable to assess the task after the due date.
  • For more information about academic misconduct, special consideration, extensions, and assessment feedback, please refer to the document Your rights and responsibilities as a student in this Unit in the first folder next to the Unit Guide of the Resources area in the CloudDeakin unit site.
  • Building evidence of your experiences, skills and knowledge (Portfolio) – Building a portfolio that evidences your skills, knowledge and experience will provide you with a valuable tool to help you prepare for interviews and to showcase to potential employers. There are a number of tools that you can use to build a portfolio. You are provided with cloud space through OneDrive, or through the Portfolio tool in the Cloud Unit Site, but you can use any storage repository system that you like. Remember that a Portfolio is YOUR tool. You should be able to store your assessment work, reflections, achievements and artefacts in YOUR Portfolio. Once you have completed this assessment piece, add it to your personal Portfolio to use and showcase your learning later, when applying for jobs, or further studies. Curate your work by adding meaningful tags to your artefacts that describe what the artefact represents.