Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 100, Issue 4, pp 581–593 | Cite as

You Support Diversity, But Are You Ethical? Examining the Interactive Effects of Diversity and Ethical Climate Perceptions on Turnover Intentions

  • Robert StewartEmail author
  • Sabrina D. Volpone
  • Derek R. Avery
  • Patrick McKay


Efforts to identify antecedents of employee turnover are likely to offer value to organizations through money saved on recruitment and new-hire training. The authors utilized the stakeholder perspective to corporate social responsibility to examine the effects of a perceived climate for ethics on the relationship between diversity climate and voluntary turnover intentions. Specifically, they examined how ethics climate (employees’ perceptions that their organization values and enforces ethically correct behavior) affected the diversity climate–turnover intentions relationship. Results indicated that ethics climate moderated the diversity climate–turnover intentions relationship. Turnover intentions were lowest among workers perceiving both a pro-diversity and highly ethical climate. These results reinforce the need to communicate both diversity values and ethical standards to employees.


diversity climate ethical climate turnover intentions corporate social responsibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Stewart
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sabrina D. Volpone
    • 2
  • Derek R. Avery
    • 3
  • Patrick McKay
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of HoustonHoustonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Business and Management, Fox School of BusinessTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaU.S.A.
  3. 3.Human Resource ManagementFox School of Business, Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaU.S.A.
  4. 4.School of Management and Labor RelationsPiscatawayU.S.A.

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