Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 128, Issue 1, pp 207–220

Empowering Employee Sustainability: Perceived Organizational Support Toward the Environment

  • Eric Lamm
  • Jennifer Tosti-Kharas
  • Cynthia E. King


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 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Lamm
    • 1
  • Jennifer Tosti-Kharas
    • 1
  • Cynthia E. King
    • 1
  1. 1.College of BusinessSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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