Environmental management of business

Research report
To assess your knowledge and understanding of Learning Outcomes Two and Three:
Learning Outcome 2:
Evaluate the impact of environmental issues on the day-to-day business decision-making process;
Learning Outcome 3:
Analyse the value of management approaches, techniques, and tools for improving the environmental performance of business organisations;
Your tasks:
Your report should draw on relevant academic literature, industry publications, internet sources, and where relevant, your own observations and experience, including interviews, visits, etc.
1. Identify a New Zealand industry or organization that will be the subject of your report. The industry that you choose could include dairy farming, fishing, mining, forestry, oil and gas, power generation, retailing, services, manufacturing, etc.
Alternatively, you may select a particular New Zealand organization. The organization could be a business, a local council, or an advocacy organization. Be sure that there is sufficient evidence available to complete the report tasks.
2. Identify the environmental issue or issues that will be the focus of your report. The issue should be of relevance to your industry or organization. The issue may be negative, for example, pollution, or positive, for example, substitution for fossil fuels.
3. Identify the effects of the environmental issue on the industry or organization and vice versa.
4. Identify the particular existing or proposed environmental management approach, technique, or tool that will be the focus of your report. It should be of relevance to your industry or organization. Examples could include: the environmental management system of the organization, emissions trading scheme, environmental certification programme, etc.
5. Identify the economic and/or environmental value, the costs, and the limitations of the existing or proposed environmental management approach, technique, or tool.
6. Develop conclusions from your analysis and propose recommendations for the industry or organization.
7. Present your report in the inductive report format with the following required sections: Introduction; Discussion; Conclusions and Recommendations, and Reference List as described below in the report grading sheet. You may include appendices. For more guidance about report writing please see http://owll.massey.ac.nz/assignment-types/business-report.php. Length: 2000 words (excluding Title page, Appendices, and Reference list).
Due date: 7 February 2014
Report Grading Sheet
The report will be graded according to the following criteria:
Body of Report
Introduction (10%)
Briefly and selectively describes the industry or organisation
Briefly describes the environmental issue(s) that will be the focus of your report
Briefly states the aims and structure of the report
Clarify any relevant limitations or assumptions
Discussion (50%)
Draws on relevant evidence, literature and theory to develop an informed and critical discussion of the selected environmental issue and its relevant effects
Presents and analyses the value, costs and limitations of a particular existing or proposed environmental management approach, technique, or tool
Provides a sound basis for making recommendations
Conclusions and Recommendations (15%)
Provides a clear and concise summary of the key ideas in the discussion
Provides a clear and convincing basis for making recommendations
Recommendations are realistic and action-orientated
References, Style & Presentation
APA Formatting (5%) (See APA Interactive at owll.massey.ac.nz for guidance)
Correct APA style is used both in-text and in Reference list
References (10%)
Literature is relevant, good quality (see the guide to quality sources), and sufficient (at least 6)
Evidence of independently-sourced references
Style & Presentation (10%)
Correct report format is used
Writing style and language is clear, concise, professional; appropriate tone
Correct sentence and paragraph construction
Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation
Appropriate length

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