MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

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MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

A. Economic sustainability

i) Disclosure 201-2 Financial effects of climate change

This one pertains to the risk arising from climate change and its impact on the operations,
revenue, and expenditure (Knebel & Seele, 2015; Isenmann, 2010). This risk is supposed to be
classified as physical, regulatory or other, describe its impact, describe financial implications,
highlight the method used to mitigate it, and the costs action take to manage it (GRI Standards,
2017; Schaltegger, Bennet, & Burritt, 2006). There are two major ways in which climate change
and the arising issues have affected Timberwell Construction’s operations. First, the changes in
local building regulations have a cost implication. Timberwell Construction is collaborating with
Stanwell Council to align to the new Local Environmental Plan (LEP) which has affected our
new development in an area that falls within the LEP. Incidences of bushfire have increased due
to climate change, making the district a major risk. Our development site in Stanwell district will
be affected and complying with the new regulations will cost the company about $4 million. The
company has entered into $50,000 contract with an external contractor to liaise with the council
to reduce accrued costs. Second, the need to conserve biodiversity comes with cost implications
of the company’s operations (Brown, Jong, & Lessidrenska, 2009).

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Description

Assessment Information
Subject Code: MBA402
Subject Name: Governance, Ethics and Sustainability
Assessment Title: Sustainability Assessment
Weighting: 40%
Total Marks:
Page Limit:
Assessment Description

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You are required to watch the following YouTube clips from the GRI Secretariat:
1. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards: The Future of Reporting

2. Introducing the GRI Standards

You must also read a fictional case study based on the operations of a long established but
recently privatised land development company that will be provided to you in class.
You must then prepare a sustainability assessment report referring to the Consolidated Set of
GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards 2016 that specifically addresses:
A. Economic sustainability
i) Disclosure 201-2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to
climate change
ii) Disclosure 205-3 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken
iii) Disclosure 206-1 Legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust,
and monopoly practices
B. Environmental sustainability
i) Disclosure 302-1 Energy consumption within the organisation
ii) Disclosure 304-2 Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on
biodiversity
iii) Disclosure 307-1 Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations
C. Social sustainability
i) Disclosure 401-1 New employee hires and employee turnover
ii) Disclosure 406-1 Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken
iii) Disclosure 413-1 Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments,
and development programs

Criteria F (Fail)
0%-49%

P (Pass)
50%-64%

CR (Credit)
65%-74%

D (Distinction)
75% – 84%

HD (High Distinction)
85%-100%

Mark

Assessment Content (Subject Specific) OUT OF 80 MARKS
Sustainability Assessment
Economic Sustainability

Sustainability Assessment
Report demonstrates poor
understanding of
management approach
disclosure methodology.
Failure to provide narrative
explanation of topic specific
disclosures. Substandard
effort to make disclosures
based on case study
information. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Demonstrated understanding
of case study organization
disclosure obligations based
on mostly accurately
identified topic specific
disclosures – climate change,

corruption, and anti-
competitive behavior. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Narrative explanation using
management approach
disclosure methodology but
further work required to
improve clarity of disclosure.

Topic specific disclosures –
climate change, corruption,
and anti-competitive
behavior – accurately
identified from the case
study and appropriately
disclosed in Sustainability
Assessment Report with
reasonably clear narrative
explanation using
management approach
disclosure methodology. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Comprehensive
understanding of case study
organization disclosure
obligations based on
accurately identified topic
specific disclosures – climate

change, corruption, and anti-
competitive behavior.

Clear narrative explanation
using management approach
disclosure methodology. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Sustainability Assessment
Report demonstrates advanced
level understanding of
management approach
disclosure methodology. Highly
detailed narrative explanation
of topic specific disclosures –
climate change, corruption, and
anti-competitive behavior –
together with accurate and total
disclosure based on case study
information. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

/25

Sustainability Assessment
Environmental Sustainability

Lack of understanding of
disclosure requirements of
case study organization.
Insufficient narrative
explanation or
commentary of topic
specific disclosures –
energy consumption,
biodiversity, environmental
law breaches.
Management approach
disclosure methodology
not followed. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Methodology of the
management approach to
disclosure appropriately used
to prepare logical narrative
explanations of topic specific
disclosures – energy
consumption, biodiversity,
environmental law breaches.
Narrative explanations are
reasonably clear but some
important details from case
study that should be included
have been overlooked. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Sustainability Assessment
Report indicates general
awareness and solid
understanding of purpose of
disclosure and required
methodology. Relevant
details from case study are
included within narrative
explanation of topic specific
disclosures – energy
consumption, biodiversity,
environmental law breaches. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Methodology of the
management approach to
disclosure used well to
prepare detailed narrative
explanations of topic specific
disclosures – energy
consumption, biodiversity,
environmental law breaches.
Narrative explanations are
clear and incorporate vast
majority of relevant details
from case study. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Effective adoption of
management approach
disclosure methodology to
provide complete topic specific
disclosures – energy
consumption, biodiversity,
environmental law breaches –
relevant to case study
organization. Articulate and
highly detailed narrative
explanations included in
Sustainability Assessment
Report. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

/25

Sustainability Assessment
Social Sustainability

Sustainability Assessment
Report demonstrates poor
understanding of
management approach
disclosure methodology.
Failure to provide narrative
explanation of topic
specific disclosures.
Substandard effort to
make disclosures based
on case study information. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Demonstrated understanding
of case study organization
disclosure obligations based
on mostly accurately
identified topic specific
disclosures – attrition,
discrimination, and
community engagement.
Narrative explanation using
management approach
disclosure methodology but
further work required to
improve clarity of disclosure. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Topic specific disclosures –
attrition, discrimination, and
community engagement –
accurately identified from the
case study and appropriately
disclosed in Sustainability
Assessment Report with
reasonably clear narrative
explanation using
management approach
disclosure methodology.

Comprehensive
understanding of case study
organization disclosure
obligations based on
accurately identified topic
specific disclosures –
attrition, discrimination, and
community engagement.
Clear narrative explanation
using management
approach disclosure
methodology. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Sustainability Assessment
Report demonstrates
advanced level understanding
of management approach
disclosure methodology.
Highly detailed narrative
explanation of topic specific
disclosures – attrition,
discrimination, and community
engagement – together with
accurate and total disclosure
based on case study
information. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

/30

Structure Format and Presentation (Consistent across all courses) OUT OF 20 MARKS

Assessment Marking Rubric
Answer clearly and logically
presented

Serious lack of organization.
Body paragraphs do not refer
back to or relate to main
arguments. Writing is
formulaic, i.e. “in
conclusion,” “another
example is….”

Writing style could be more
effective. Organization is hard
to follow; there is little
progression of ideas. Little or
no transitions between
paragraphs. Need to more
effectively weave main
arguments throughout and
relate body paragraphs. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Paragraphs are generally well
organized. Better transitions
needed. The progression of
ideas could be more
thoughtful. Paragraphs relate
back to main arguments to
prove argument.

Ideas & arguments are well
structured. Thoughtful
progression of ideas and
details. Sound transitions
between paragraphs. Major
arguments are effectively
made. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Ideas & arguments are
effectively structured. Thoughtful
progression of ideas and details.
Excellent transitions between
paragraphs. Concluding
comments leave the reader
thinking. Major arguments are
effectively woven throughout
everybody paragraph, with ideas
always related back to main
arguments. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

/4

Appropriate theory and
research used to answer
question posed

The critique does not have
appropriate structure and lacks
direction. No significant
observations made from
appropriate theory and
research. Poor writing and
expression of arguments. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Reasonable critique which
examines the relevant issues
and makes reasonable
observations made from
appropriate theory and
research. Reasonable writing
and expression of arguments. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Good critique examines the
relevant issues and makes
good observations from
appropriate theory and
research. Good writing and
expression of arguments.

A very good critique
considered all the relevant
issues and made important
observations made from
appropriate theory and
research. Very good writing
and expression of arguments.

Fully considered all the relevant
issues and made significant
observations made from
appropriate theory and
research. Excellent writing and
expression of arguments. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.
/4

Correct academic writing style
used, including correct
spelling, grammar and
punctuation

Needs more sentence variety.
Little or no thought given to
diction. Tone or language is
conversational. Contains much
informal language. Uses “I” or
“you.” Contains many
examples of unclear or
awkward phrasing.

Needs more sentence variety.
Attention needed with diction.
Contains informal language or
conversational tone, or uses “I”
or “you.” Unclear or awkward
sentence phrasing. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Sentence variety is adequate.
Tone is appropriate. Diction is
clear, but could be more
effective. Language is
academic, and writing is clear
and effective. Very little or no
unclear or awkward phrasing.

Sentence variety is effective and
good. Tone is appropriate and
consistent. Diction/ vocabulary is
appropriate and effective.
Language is academic. Writing
is clear, and concise. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Sentence variety is effective and
sophisticated. Tone is
appropriate and consistent.
Diction/ vocabulary is
sophisticated and effective.
Language is academic. Writing
is clear, concise, and strong.
/4

Format of answer consistent
with question requirements and
KBS guidelines

No efforts made to follow
submission and editing,
spacing, etc requirements.

Meets most editing, spacing,
fonts, and other editing
requirements. Some
requirements not met. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Meets editing, spacing, fonts,
and other editing
requirements.

Meets almost all editing,
spacing, fonts, and other
editing requirements.

Meets all editing, spacing, fonts,
and other editing requirements.
/3

In-text referencing and
reference list follows Harvard
style and consistent with KBS
guidelines

Inappropriate referencing.
Not in-line with requirements
of Harvard style and
consistent with KBS
guidelines. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Reasonably appropriate
referencing, generally in-line
with requirements of Harvard
style and consistent with KBS
guidelines.

Good referencing, largely in-
line with requirements of

Harvard style and consistent
with KBS guidelines. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

Very good referencing, 100%
in-line with requirements of
Harvard style and consistent
with KBS guidelines.

Excellent/appropriate
referencing, 100% in-line with
requirements of Harvard style
and consistent with KBS
guidelines. MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT.

/3

Word count is within + / – 10%
of requirement

Word count is within + / –
more than 15% of
requirement

Word count is within + / –
15% of requirement

Word count is within + / – 10%
of requirement

Word count is within + / – 5%
of requirement

Word count is within
+ / – 0% of
requirement

/2

Comments: /80
/20
/100

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MBA402 – TIMBERWELL CONSTRUCTIONS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

A. Economic sustainability

i) Disclosure 201-2 Financial effects of climate change

This one pertains to the risk arising from climate change and its impact on the operations,
revenue, and expenditure (Knebel & Seele, 2015; Isenmann, 2010). This risk is supposed to be
classified as physical, regulatory or other, describe its impact, describe financial implications,
highlight the method used to mitigate it, and the costs action take to manage it (GRI Standards,
2017; Schaltegger, Bennet, & Burritt, 2006). There are two major ways in which climate change
and the arising issues have affected Timberwell Construction’s operations. First, the changes in
local building regulations have a cost implication. Timberwell Construction is collaborating with
Stanwell Council to align to the new Local Environmental Plan (LEP) which has affected our
new development in an area that falls within the LEP. Incidences of bushfire have increased due
to climate change, making the district a major risk. Our development site in Stanwell district will
be affected and complying with the new regulations will cost the company about $4 million. The
company has entered into $50,000 contract with an external contractor to liaise with the council
to reduce accrued costs. Second, the need to conserve biodiversity comes with cost implications
of the company’s operations (Brown, Jong, & Lessidrenska, 2009)……..

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