Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 128, Issue 1, pp 207–220

Empowering Employee Sustainability: Perceived Organizational Support Toward the Environment


    • College of BusinessSan Francisco State University
  • Jennifer Tosti-Kharas
    • College of BusinessSan Francisco State University
  • Cynthia E. King
    • College of BusinessSan Francisco State University

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2093-z

Cite this article as:
Lamm, E., Tosti-Kharas, J. & King, C.E. J Bus Ethics (2015) 128: 207. doi:10.1007/s10551-014-2093-z


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 responsibilityEnvironmentExtra-role behaviorsOrganizational citizenship behaviorPerceived organizational supportPsychological empowermentSustainability

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