CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY; ETHICS AND THE FUTURE

Assignment Overview
Signature Assignment for Body of Knowledge—Introduced Level

Assignment Overview

Business Ethics are moral standards of conduct expected of a business by society. Social Responsibility involves the philosophies, policies, procedures, and actions that have the primary goal of enhancing society. Let us apply the concepts.

Case Assignment
Read Case: TOMS Shoes describes a unique business model combining for-profit and nonprofit philosophies into a corporate social responsibility model.

Naeini, A.; Dutt, A.; Angus, J. et.al. (June 7, 2015). A shoe for a shoe, and a smile. Business Today. Retrieved from https://www.businesstoday.in/magazine/lbs-case-study/toms-shoes-shoes-for-free-cause-marketing-strategy-case-study/story/219444.html

Address the following in a 3- to 4-page academic essay that demonstrates your critical-thinking skills. It should be written for an audience of business owners. As an ethics expert working for a national ethics association, you have been asked to address the following:

Research another organization that is also high on corporate social responsibility. Compare and contrast their CSR approach with the CSR approach of TOMS Shoes.
What actions of organizations fall under the umbrella of “corporate social responsibility”? Give three examples of CSR activities beyond what you have learned from TOMS and the organization you discussed in this assignment.
Is it expected that successful organizations also have a CSR component in its values? Discuss by giving two additional employer examples.
This assignment should include third-person voice, in-text citations, and a references list. It should be evident that you followed some of the basics of APA formatting. Write a well-integrated paper with a strong introduction and conclusion, and use a few section headings (e.g., do not simply follow a Q & A format).

Bring in subject matter viewpoints (authors or speakers) to validate and support your writing. Utilize at least 3 sources that are not included as background readings in this course and are new to you. These sources, for example, can be found from searching the Trident Online Library databases (such as Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, Skillsoft Books 24×7, and/or ProQuest Central).

Body of Knowledge Emphasis

The criterion in the grading rubric has been developed to measure student success in meeting the ETH501 Case 4 “introduced” expectations related body of knowledge. Assessment of any following body of knowledge skills at the “reinforced” and “emphasized” levels may be included in assignments in other courses that follow.

General References Useful for Preparing Graduate-Level Papers:

For a list of general reference sources related to locating library sources, using APA formatting, applying critical thinking skills, and so forth, see General References Useful for Preparing Graduate-Level Papers. It is not required that you read these sources page-by-page, but rather you refer to them for guidance.

Assignment Expectations
Your submission will be evaluated using the following criteria from the Case grading rubric, located in the Case drop box:

Assignment-driven criteria: Covers all key elements of the assignment in a substantive way (Body of Knowledge criterion).

Critical thinking: Conceptualizes the problem. Multiple information sources, expert opinion, and assumptions are analyzed, synthesized, and critically evaluated. Logically consistent conclusions are presented with appropriate rationale.

Business writing: Mastery in written communications and a skilled, knowledgeable, and error-free presentation to an appropriately specialized audience.

Effective use of information: Locates relevant and quality sources of information, using strong and compelling content to support ideas, convey understanding of the topic, and shape the whole work.

Citing sources: Mastery using in-text citations of sources, proper format for quotations, and correct format of full-source information in the reference list using APA style (bibliography).

Module 4
Required:

Readings:

Bradley, J. (n.d.). Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethical Leadership. Small Business – Chron.com. Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/corporate-social-responsibility-ethical-leadership-64123.html

Byars, S., & Stanberry, K. (2018). Corporate social responsibility (CSR) section of chapter 3.
Business Ethics. Rice University, OpenStax. Retrieved from http://cnx.org/content/col25722/1.3 pg. 83-88, 325-346. CC BY 4.0 license

Naeini, A.; Dutt, A.; Angus, J. et.al. (June 7, 2015). A shoe for a shoe, and a smile. Business Today. Retrieved from https://www.businesstoday.in/magazine/lbs-case-study/toms-shoes-shoes-for-free-cause-marketing-strategy-case-study/story/219444.html

Optional:

Business Ethics: The Magazine of Corporate Responsibility (n.d.). Retrieved from http://business-ethics.com/.

An online magazine published quarterly since 1987 “to promote ethical business practices, to serve that growing community of professionals and individuals striving to work and invest in responsible ways.”

Corporate Responsibility Magazine (2019). 100 best corporate citizens, 2019. Retrieved from https://www.3blassociation.com/files/yMblCg/100BestCorporateCitizens_2019.pdf

Corporate Responsibility Magazine (n.d.). Retrieved from http://thecro.com/.

This online magazine strives to provide corporate responsibility, sustainability and communications professionals a vibrant peer-to-peer network, actionable best practices and thought leadership, effective learning and professional development, and essential resources and tools.

Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethical Leadership (n.d.). Retrieved from
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/corporate-social-responsibility-ethical-leadership-64123.html

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