ASSIGNMENT-PF1 –STRM075- Portfolio Social Responsibility and Impact

Please read this assessment brief in its entirety before attempting your PF1 –STRM075- Portfolio Social Responsibility and Impact assignment.


The Assignment Task


You are asked to select ONE Industry of your choice (you may wish to consider selecting from the following: Tea, Coffee, Chocolates, Cotton/Textiles/Clothing/fast fashion, Furniture)

You have just been employed as Consultant by the Strategic Planning Group and the Project Management Team of a company in the chosen industry. You have been asked by the Chairs of the Strategic Planning Group and the Head of the Project Management Team to produce a rigorous, precise, report no more than 2,500 words (excluding Appendices and References) to be submitted to both Committees on 25 May 2020 by 2pm which does the following:

  1. Provides an industry analysis examining the present structure of the industry (e.g., by looking at the main/leading companies, the major production centres /locations, the main sources and locations of raw material supplies at the earliest stage of the supply chain, and the major products, customers and markets etc.).
  1. You are required to then carefully examine the main/key stages in the industry value chain (i.e., from raw materials/primary commodity production to the supply chain to the production stage and to the main markets), to identify/unpack actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and Social Responsibility (SR) issues.
  1. The remaining parts of the report should then focus on the company you are consulting for, and should address the issues noted in A and B below
  1. A well-argued section which elaborates on the actual and/or potential ethical, sustainability and/or SR issues faced by the company
  1. A section setting out what impact a response and non-response to these issues is likely to have on the company’s performance in the next 10 years. And, also an outline of possible measures for the firm to mitigate these issues


Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes that are being assessed in this assignment are:

  1. Demonstrate systematic understanding of how to develop front-end strategising processes/procedures for sustainable business and development projects.
  2. Employ advanced skills to complete an audit of an organization’s corporate social responsibility.
  3. Display mastery in the application of appropriate models and practical/pragmatic tools of sustainability to specific situations.
  4. Adapt knowledge and skills to the critical analysis of complex situations

Your grade will depend on the extent to which you meet these learning outcomes in the way relevant for this assignment. Please see the grading rubric at the end of this assignment brief for further details of the criteria against which you will be assessed.

Word Limits


The maximum word limit for this assignment is 2500 words

In accordance with the Assessment and Feedback Policy, as stated in section 4.40 where a submission exceeds the stipulated word limit by more than 10%, the submission will only be marked up to and including the additional 10%. Anything over this will not be included in the final grade for the assessment item. Abstracts, bibliographies, reference lists, appendices and footnotes are excluded from any word limit requirements.

In line with section 4.41 of the same Policy, where a submission is notably under the word limit, the full submission will be marked on the extent to which the learning objectives have been met.

Assignment Support

In-class and Face-2-Face support will be provided by your specific module tutor. For the later, please, arrange with your tutor to agree a time that is mutually convenient.


Generic Grading Criteria

You will find the generic grading criteria for achievement at  University Grading Criteria.  Also explained here are the meanings of the various G grades at the bottom of the grading scale.

Assessment Submission

To submit your work, please go to the ‘Submit your work’ area on the NILE site and use the relevant submission point to upload your report. The deadline for this is 11.59pm (UK local time) on the date of submission.

Written work submitted to TURNITIN will be subject to anti-plagiarism detection software.  Turnitin checks student work for possible textual matches against internet available resources and its own proprietary database.

When you upload your work correctly to TURNITIN you will receive a receipt which is your record and proof of submission.

If your assignment is not submitted to TURNITIN rather than a receipt you will see a green banner at the top of the screen that denotes successful submission.

N.B Work emailed directly to your tutor will not normally be marked. The only exception to this is when you are instructed to do so because TURNITIN is down.


Late submission of work

For first sits, if an item of assessment is submitted late and an extension has not been granted, the following will apply:

  • Within one week of the original deadline – work will be marked and returned with full feedback, and awarded a maximum bare pass grade.
  • More than one week from original deadline – maximum grade achievable LG (L indicating late).

At the second opportunity deadline (resits) work submitted late will be awarded a LG grade.  There is no opportunity to submit work late for a bare pass.


The University of Northampton’s general policy with regard to extensions is to be supportive of students who have genuine difficulties, but not against pressures of work that could have reasonably been anticipated.

For full details please refer to the Extensions Policy.  The module leader can, where appropriate, authorise a short extension of up to two weeks from the original submission date for first sits only. There are NO extensions for resits. The TWO weeks means 14 calendar days including weekends and any University closed days. ASSIGNMENT-PF1 –STRM075- Portfolio Social Responsibility and Impact