The Role of Ethics in Consumer Purchasing Behavior

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The Role of Ethics in Consumer Purchasing Behavior
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Member

During the past decades, consumers have become more and more aware of ethics: consumer rights and product requirements. This has both changed consumerís expectations of marketers as well as their buying behavior. The attitude towards more ethical products and services is more positive than those products that are less ethical. Actually, unethical behavior is often punished, because people believe that organizations are responsible for not harming the society / environment. However, the fact that unethical behavior is punished often leads to the wrong thought that this automatically implies that ethical behavior is rewarded. Although attitudes are more positive towards ethical products, ethical behavior is not automatically rewarded by consumers according to Carrigan and Atalla (2001). People do believe that organizations are responsible for not harming the society/environment, but they do not automatically believe that these organizations are responsible for helping others. Thus, et (...) Read more? Sign up for free
 

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