Sustainability management systems provide organisations with a systematic way of
Sustainability management systems provide organisations with a systematic way of
Sustainability management systems provide organisations with a systematic way of improving their environmental, social and economic performance. Write an essay exemplifying how a tourism or transport organisation of your choice could apply an SMS, and reflect on the benefits and limitations of an SMS as a process. Areas of Assessments Comments/Basis of Assessment Weighting Understanding and application of the principles of sustainability management systems Demonstrate evidence of understanding the different components of sustainability management systems, and how they build on each other. The emphasis in this criterion is demonstrating how choices made in one element of an SMS have consequences for others, and how as a company you need to develop management systems with a clear internal consistency. 30% Understanding of sustainability practices Demonstrate a practical application of the principles of sustainability management by writing an original sustainability policy, by developing a realistic baseline data (without the need to use actual real data from the company, it just needs to use potentially realistic data, but made up by yourself), and the design of an action plan with SMART targets that is consistent with the baseline data and the organisational structures of the company. The emphasis in this criterion is that the proposals that you make are realistic. We expect that the impacts outlined in the baseline assessment will come from those learned in weeks 2 and 3, and that the actions you will propose in your action plan will relate to the theory learned in weeks 5 to 11). 30% Use of examples Extensive research, reading and use of examples, to provide strong evidence to support the SMS that you have developed. We will grade you on the range and quality of the references consulted, and you have used these references to back up your proposals. The emphasis in this criterion is the quality of the third-party data that you use to back up your arguments. For example, I do not want you to use only data for the company that you are writing the case for, but to fill in the (often substantial) data gaps about specific impacts by extrapolating from competitors and industry-wide data. Equally, I do not want the action plan to repeat what the company already does, but to be a creative and well justified set of innovative suggestions, with clearly justifiable targets, that make sense for the specific company you are studying. Attending the workshops is very useful to learn examples and to discuss how they will be relevant to making specific points in this assignment. 30% Standard and Quality of Presentation Information & ideas presented in a clear, accurate and interesting manner Coherent flow & good essay structure Quality of language 10% Overall Mark 100%

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