Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 77, Issue 2, pp 159-172

First online:

Ethics Programs, Perceived Corporate Social Responsibility and Job Satisfaction

  • Sean ValentineAffiliated withDepartment of Management and Marketing, University of Wyoming Email author 
  • , Gary FleischmanAffiliated withDepartment of Accounting, University of Wyoming

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Companies offer ethics codes and training to increase employees’ ethical conduct. These programs can also enhance individual work attitudes because ethical organizations are typically valued. Socially responsible companies are likely viewed as ethical organizations and should therefore prompt similar employee job responses. Using survey information collected from 313 business professionals, this exploratory study proposed that perceived corporate social responsibility would mediate the positive relationships between ethics codes/training and job satisfaction. Results indicated that corporate social responsibility fully or partially mediated the positive associations between four ethics program variables and individual job satisfaction, suggesting that companies might better manage employees’ ethical perceptions and work attitudes with multiple policies, an approach endorsed in the ethics literature.


corporate social responsibility job satisfaction organizational ethics