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A short essay on Corporate Social Responsibility and your response to a case study on ethical behavior

This project is in two parts; Part A (a short essay on Corporate Social Responsibility) and Part B (your response to a case study on ethical behavior). This project is worth 10% of your overall assessment.

Requirements when submitting:

Your work is required to be word-processed.

Your answers to each section should approximate 500 words.

Layout is to be 12 font, Times New Roman, 1½ spacing, fully justified.

Avoid copying and plagiarism and provide citations and referencing as required.

Part A: CSR

Using resources available on the Web:

  1. Provide your own definition of what is meant by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Using a company of your choice (although the company must have a website) investigate and explain in your own words their efforts in aiming to be a socially responsible corporate citizen. These might include any of practices focusing on human rights, resource allocation, greenhouse gas emissions, community programs, sustainable development, and other socially responsible actions. Your essay will score higher if you choose one aspect of the corporation’s CSR and discuss it in depth. Personalizing your essay (e.g., you might have personal experience in one aspect of the corporation’s CSR) will also increase your score. You should properly cite any sources that you use and add a reference list.

Part B: Case Study on Ethical Behavior

Required:  You are required to read the following case and answer the three questions below.


Marcus Lim, the cost accountant for Hi-Power Mower Company, recently installed activity-based costing at Hi-Power’s St. Louis lawn tractor (riding mower) plant where three models—the 8-horsepower Blade Runner, the 12-horsepower Quick Cut, and the 18-horsepower Super Cut—are manufactured. Marcus’s new product costs for these three models show that the company’s traditional costing system had been significantly under costing the 18-horsepower Super Cut. This was due primarily to the lower sales volume of the Super Cut compared to the Blade Runner and the Quick Cut.

Before completing his analysis and reporting this result to management, Marcus is approached by his friend Ray Pon, who is the production manager for the 18-horsepower Super Cut model. Ray has heard from one of Marcus’s staff about the new product costs and is upset and worried for his job because the new costs show the Super cut to be losing, rather than making money.

At first Ray condemns the new cost system, whereupon Marcus explains the practice of activity-based costing and why it is more accurate than the company’s present system. Even more worried now, Ray begs Marcus, “Massage the figures just enough to save the line from being discontinued. You don’t want me to lose my job do you? Anyway, nobody will know.”

Marcus holds firm but agrees to re-compute all his calculations for accuracy before submitting his costs to management.


  1. Who are the stakeholders in this situation?
  2. What, if any, are the ethical considerations in this situation?
  3. What are Marcus’s ethical obligations to the company? To his friend?

Source of case:  Weygandt, Kimmel, Kieso: Management Accounting, 5th Ed., Wiley.

Your response to the above case study will be enhanced if you refer to the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Statement of Ethical Professional Practice (see Again, cite your sources and include a list of references.

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