Ethical Climate and Purchasing Social Responsibility: A Benevolence Focus

Constantin Blome, Antony Paulraj

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Using a sample of multinational firms in Germany, we develop and empirically examine a model to test the effects of ethical climate and its antecedents on purchasing social responsibility (PSR). Our results show different effects of benevolence dimensions of ethical climate on PSR: employee-focused climate has no effect, but community-focused climate is a significant driver of PSR. The results also show that top management ethical norms and code of conduct implementation impact PSR directly as well as indirectly through ethical climate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-585
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethical behaviour
  • Ethical climate
  • Purchasing social responsibility
  • Structural equation model
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law


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