Responsible Management Case Study–Fashion Industry

The mode of assessment is a Case Study analysis in which students explore an
example of ?responsible management? in their professional field or specialist discipline,
and include examples of evidence which have informed the analysis.
The Case Study Analysis can take one of three formats: (You should Choose a Fashion Industry as this case study)

(i) A ?Responsible Management audit? of a leading organisation in the student?s
professional field or specialist discipline. Students must document and evaluate
how far the governance, management and operation (e.g. resource use, behaviour
and outputs) of the organisation they have selected complies with the Principles
of the UN Global Compact by analysing a corporation?s annual ?Communication on
Progress? report. This comprises four dimensions:
 Human Rights – Business should support and respect the protection of
international human rights; and make sure they are not complicit in human
rights abuses;
 Labour Rights – Business should uphold the freedom of association and the
effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of
all forms of forced and compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child
labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and
 Environment – Business should support a precautionary approach to
environmental challenges; undertake initiatives to promote greater
environmental responsibility; and encourage the development and diffusion
of environmentally friendly technologies;
 Anti-corruption – Business should work against all forms of corruption,
including extortion and bribery.
(ii) Responsible Management Strategy.
Students design a strategy for an organisation in their specialist field or profession
which would enable it to enact the key Principles for Responsible Management
(i.e. those listed in option (i) above) or which would improve the corporation?s
position in one of the principal CSR and related indices, e.g. B Corp; FTSE4Good;
Dow Jones Sustainability Index; Ethical Trading Initiative; Rainforest Alliance index,
or another they have chosen. (*Students must clearly state which index they are
using to inform their strategy).
(iii) Investigation of an example of a failure of responsible management.
Students analyse a corporate scandal or controversy, examining its causes, its
social and/or environmental impact, and the nature and adequacy of response to
it on the part of the wider industry or sector.
To accompany the Case Study report students must also compile and attach a small
appendix of evidence sources which they have gathered to inform and substantiate their
analysis. These ?evidence portfolios? must include no more than five artefacts (i.e.
extracts from reports, articles, commentaries or other coverage) and a short
commentary which describes and explains the significance of the items selected and
inter-relationships between them. The maximum length of this commentary is 500
words (in addition to the 2,000 words in the main analysis). Items included in the
evidence appendix should be attached as hyperlinks, scanned extracts from documents
or conventional academic references rather than full texts, to enable the Case Study to
be submitted electronically (see sect 5.3 below)

Word limit: 2,000 words for the main text of the Case Study analysis (plus a maximum of
500 words for the commentary accompanying the evidence appendix).
Students must state the word count in their submitted assignment.

Students may find the information and advice on writing a Report provided on the GCU
website helpful in presenting their Case Study –

Recommended Reading
6.2.1. General Texts
Crane, A. and Matten. D. (2010). Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and
Sustainability in the Age of Globalization (3rd edition). Oxford: Oxford University
Lawrence, J.T. and P Beamish, P. W. (2013). Globally Responsible Leadership: Managing
According to the UN Global Compact. London: Sage.

general assessment standards used at Masters level are as follows:
The remit set for the assignment is fully covered
 Mastery of the subject area that demonstrates exceptional insight into
relevant literature and both breadth and depth of knowledge and
 Extensive evidence of critical and deep knowledge and understanding
of the subject area
 Demonstrates outstanding ability to make inter-relationship between
concepts, theories, policy and practice
 Displays outstanding effort to undertake research
 Excellent presentation, writing style, and accurate referencing/citation
 Fully meets the module learning outcomes covered by the assessment


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