Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 128, Issue 1, pp 207-220

First online:

Empowering Employee Sustainability: Perceived Organizational Support Toward the Environment

  • Eric LammAffiliated withCollege of Business, San Francisco State University Email author 
  • , Jennifer Tosti-KharasAffiliated withCollege of Business, San Francisco State University
  • , Cynthia E. KingAffiliated withCollege of Business, San Francisco State University

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This paper contributes to the ongoing discussion of sustainability behaviors by introducing the construct of perceived organizational support toward the environment (POS-E). We propose and empirically test an integrated model whereby we test the association of POS-E with employees’ organizational citizenship behaviors toward the environment (OCB-E) as well as to job attitudes. Results indicated that POS-E was positively related to OCB-E, job satisfaction, organizational identification, and psychological empowerment, and negatively related to turnover intentions. We also found that psychological empowerment partially mediated the relationship between POS-E and the dependent variables. We discuss the theoretical implications as well as practical implications for managers seeking to encourage sustainability in their organizations.


Corporate social responsibility Environment Extra-role behaviors Organizational citizenship behavior Perceived organizational support Psychological empowerment Sustainability