Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 116, Issue 3, pp 567–585

Ethical Climate and Purchasing Social Responsibility: A Benevolence Focus


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1481-5

Cite this article as:
Blome, C. & Paulraj, A. J Bus Ethics (2013) 116: 567. doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1481-5


Using a sample of multinational firms in Germany, we develop and empirically examine a model to test the effects of ethical climate and its antecedents on purchasing social responsibility (PSR). Our results show different effects of benevolence dimensions of ethical climate on PSR: employee-focused climate has no effect, but community-focused climate is a significant driver of PSR. The results also show that top management ethical norms and code of conduct implementation impact PSR directly as well as indirectly through ethical climate.


Ethical climatePurchasing social responsibilitySustainabilityEthical behaviourStructural equation model

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Louvain School of Management/COREUniversité Catholique de Louvain (UCL)Louvain-la-NeuveBelgium
  2. 2.EBS Business SchoolWiesbadenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship ManagementUniversity of Southern DenmarkKoldingDK