Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 84, Issue 4, pp 549–563 | Cite as

The Role of Personal Values in Fair Trade Consumption

  • Caroline Josephine DoranEmail author


Research in the U.S. on fair trade consumption is sparse. Therefore, little is known as to what motivates U.S. consumers to buy fair trade products. This study sought to determine which values are salient to American fair trade consumption. The data were gathered via a Web-based version of the Schwartz Value Survey (SVS) and were gleaned from actual consumers who purchase fair trade products from a range of Internet-based fair trade retailers. This study established that indeed there are significant interactions between personal values and fair trade consumption and that demographics proved to be useless in creating a profile of the American fair trade consumer.


Values SVS fair trade ethical consumption consumerism web-based SVS Schwartz Value Survey 


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