Starbucks assignment | Starbucks Commitment to UN Global Compact Principles


Business Submission: 20%

Assessment 2 & 3 – A Business Scenario


The company you selected in Assessment One is currently a signatory to the United Nation’s Global Compact, or considering becoming a member. The United Nation’s Global Compact guides companies’ social performance. Like all signatories, your company would be or is planning to be a member of their Global Compact Local Network, which aims to achieve compliance with the ten principles of the Global Compact.

In this scenario, your company wants to identify ways of improving compliance to two of the Global Compact principles. Your task is to write a persuasive piece of internal communication addressed to your company, as a member of staff. The goal of the submission is to propose recommendations to achieve or improve compliance with two principles of the Global Compact. The two principles you will address will be determined in your tutorial no later than Module 6, and you must form your group for the Oral Presentations before you can select your principles.

Business Submission
In your own words, the Submission (Assessment Two) will:

  1. Review and present a selection of business practices and/or approaches from your company that relate to the two principles of the Global Compact.
  2. Discuss both the positive and negative lessons learned from these business practices and approaches.
  3. Develop business practice recommendations, which will improve compliance to the two Global principles. These should be based on the review you have undertaken and your understanding of the lessons learned.
  4. Discuss the benefits, challenges and risks for key stakeholders if these recommendations are implemented.

Word Limit: At least 1000 words, with a maximum of 1200 words. This INCLUDES in-text citations, headings, sub-headings, etc. Anything in the body of your paper is included as part of the word count.

Don’t slip up! Make sure you do not go over the maximum word limit. A 5% penalty will occur for every 50 words – or part thereof – over the maximum word limit. This will be strictly enforced. Also be sure to follow the advice and instructions provided in your tutorials with regards to requirements for this assessment, including fonts and structure.

The two principles chosen from the Global Compact may be different to the issue you discussed in Assignment One. You will continue to look at the same two principles in Assignment Three.

When proposing a set of recommendations, make sure to look at the supply chain of the business to understand how your two principles may relate to the operations of your business. It is then your task to develop a persuasive report recommending strategies that your company can adopt.

Make sure you understand your audience.


Starbuck, the world’s leading coffee chain, has shown greater commitment to meeting the UN Global Compact Principles.  As a global operator, Starbucks understands the global awareness of corporate social responsibilities and the company has undertaken different initiatives aimed at making it a socially responsible company, albeit with some challenges. In the recent years, the company has shown greater commitment to different corporate social responsibility fronts, including human rights, environment, caring for the surrounding communities, ethical supply chain, and many others but there are some teething challenges it has to overcome (Schaltegger and Wagner, 2011).  This study looks into the strategies the company has undertaken to fulfil two important UN Global Compact Principles, including principle 1 and 8.