In the context of global warming, governments are now starting to intervene in organisational and social practices that produce carbon emissions. There are a number of proposed strategies for dealing with this problem and the one chosen by the previous Australian government was to introduce a carbon tax. One idea behind this tax is to increase the costs of production and consumption in ways that recognise the unintended consequence of global warming, which at present carries long-term costs that are not included in current profit and loss calculations. Secondly, this strategy aims to stimulate change in social and organisational practices and behaviours that reduce carbon ‘pollution’. We are engaging with carbon tax as an example of a new requirement from
government that is designed to create institutional change to which organisations and society must respond.
Carbon tax is a multifaceted process involving a complex set of criteria informing decision-making in organisations. For example, how should leaders respond to the changing socio-political landscape and the ongoing need to reduce emissions that increase global warming?
Prepare your report in two parts:
PART ONE
Select one of the organisations in the following list to research.
1.Baker’s Delight- http://www.bakersdelight.com.au/
For your designated organisation; review and research publicly-available (ie on the world wide web) resources to better understand the company’s readiness to respond to the government’s new carbon tax legislation. In undertaking your research, as a minimum, pay attention to the following categories of inquiry:
a. business purpose and philosophy,
b. business model and structure for delivering its products and services to customers,
c. espoused position on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental sustainability, policies, and stakeholder views, concerns and comments about its organisational practices, especially those considered to be controversial.
d. Answer the following research question: What is your assessment of your chosen organisation’s readiness to support the introduction of a comprehensive carbon tax? Note: what is meant by a ‘comprehensive carbon tax’ is that there are no subsidies to business or citizens to lighten any additional cost burdens – this is a significant difference to the legislation that has been rolled out now.
Complete an analysis of the organisational practices of your company and present your discussion in the following three sections:
1. Organisation Overview – discuss the organisation’s products and services, structure and
stakeholder relationships (approximately 300 words).
2. Business Philosophy – discuss your interpretation of the organisation’s philosophy and how it influences organisational decisions. Use organisational examples to justify your argument (approximately 300 words).
3. Approach to carbon tax – discuss your analysis of business philosophy ‘fit’ to the proposed change and what this may mean for your organisation’s business model if a carbon tax is implemented

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