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Antecedents of Adopting Corporate Environmental Responsibility and Green Practices

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Abstract

This paper examines the antecedents of organizational commitment for adopting corporate environmental responsibility and green practices in the case of the logistics industry in South Korea. Seven hundred and eighty employees and top management from logistics companies were sampled. The data were analyzed using factor analysis, structural equation modeling techniques, and one-way analysis of variance. The results showed that social expectations, organizational support, and stakeholder pressure were the important antecedents for the adoption of corporate environmental responsibility and green practices. In the path analysis, social expectations had the greatest impact on both stakeholder pressure and green practice adoption. Moreover, we found that the higher the job titles were, the more willing they were to adopt green practices. This indicated that the current top management of Korean logistics companies is well aware of being mandated to make a commitment to corporate environmental responsibility and green practices.

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Lee, J.W., Kim, Y.M. & Kim, Y.E. Antecedents of Adopting Corporate Environmental Responsibility and Green Practices. J Bus Ethics 148, 397–409 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3024-y

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Keywords

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Green practices
  • Logistics industry
  • Organizational support
  • Social expectations
  • Stakeholder pressure