Activity Introduction

bbrw-map-photoframe-newQuick summary: In this lesson, students will explore some of the social and environmental issues associated with global supply chains. They will also develop a campaign to raise awareness and encourage social action to pressure transnational corporations to reduce negative impacts along all links in their supply chain.

This lesson supports students to inquire into the big idea of ‘real wealth’. Students develop an understanding of shared values, and build their sustainable and ethical financial knowledge, equipping them with the skills to make sound financial decisions based on social, environmental and economical merit.

Learning goals:

  • Students investigate social and environmental issues associated with the global supply chains of transnational corporations.
  • Students develop a campaign to raise awareness and take action against the negative impacts of a transnational corporation.
  • Students develop skills of analysis, critical thinking, inquiry and social action.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Literacy.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, OI.8.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 9 Economics and Business

  • Why and how participants in the global economy are dependent on each other (ACHEK039)

Year 10 Economics and Business

  • The ways businesses organise themselves to improve productivity, including the ways they manage their workforce, and how they respond to changing economic conditions (ACHEK054)

Syllabus Outcomes: C5.2, C5.3, C5.4.

Topic: Consumption

Unit of lessons: Real Wealth Year 9 & 10

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – view video and review suggested websites beforehand.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet, device capable of presenting a website to the class. CSR And Shared Value, Real Wealth Cheat Sheet, Glossary Secondary.

Digital technology opportunities: Supply chain issues (Ted Talk) video, various websites required for supply chain issues inquiry and campaign, digital sharing capabilities. 

Homework and extension opportunities: Stop the Exploitation Campaign inquiry and campaign activity will provide students with a lot of scope to look deeper into issues or to investigate more complex issues. The choice in terms of how they present their campaign will also give those requiring extension an opportunity to produce a more complex and sophisticated final product.

Keywords: global supply chain, transnational corporation, globalisation, fair trade, exploitation. 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

bbrw-hand-photoframe-newTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand the core principles of shared value and will understand how shared value initiatives can be used to improve global supply chains. Students will understand some of the social and environmental issues associated with the global supply chains of transnational corporations.

Teacher content information: A global supply chain is when any stage of the production of a good or service occurs in a country other than the home country of a transnational corporation. Today, global supply chains are increasingly common as transport and communication technology make it easier to move products, people and information around the world. One of the main incentives for businesses to locate part of their operations in another country is to take advantage of cheaper labour costs in less economically developed countries. This international division of labour and production has resulted in a range of social and environmental issues as t

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What does it take to get your favourite chocolate bar from its raw ingredients to you?

What is shared value?

Watch this short clip about creating shared value and read this factsheet (CSR And Shared Value) before working in pairs to answer the questions below:

Creating Shared Value: It's the Future (

What interests you about shared value?

What is still confusing about shared value?

In your own words, describe shared value:

Give you own example of creating shared value (the details don't need to be completely accurate; the aim is for you to demonstrate an understanding of how shared value might work):

Jeans/Sneakers Supply Chain Inquiry

Working in pairs or small groups, you are to conduct an inquiry into the supply chain for your favourite jeans or sneakers and to make recommendations about investing in shared value initiatives associated with the manufacturing of this product.

At the end of your inquiry, you will need to cre

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