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Sustainability efforts in the fast fashion industry: consumer perception, trust and purchase intention

Sustainability efforts in the fast fashion industry: consumer perception, trust and purchase... This study aims to test for factors affecting environmental sustainability and purchase intention in the fashion industry. Accordingly, the authors developed a framework that depicts the relationships between perceptions of social responsibility, consumer attitude, trust, purchase intention and perceived consumer effectiveness.Design/methodology/approachAn online survey was conducted with an internationally diverse sample of 216 consumers. Data were analysed using partial least squares structural equation modelling.FindingsThe results indicated that perceptions of social responsibility directly affect consumers’ attitudes towards these fashion brands, as well as trust and perceived consumer effectiveness. Also, consumers need to perceive sustainability efforts of these brands as altruistic, and trust was found to be a direct predictor of purchase intention. However, both consumer attitude and perceived consumer effectiveness did not predict purchase intention.Research limitations/implicationsThe survey was primarily distributed to young people. Therefore, a generalisation of the findings to other age groups might be limited.Practical implicationsPracticing managers should emphasise the fact that environmental sustainability and fast fashion brands could be sustainable to increase trust among consumers.Social implicationsWhen it comes to environmental issues, positive perceptions regarding the companies’ social responsibility efforts are vital to enhance both consumers’ trust towards the brands and their individual feeling of empowerment.Originality/valueThis study intends to shed light on the key elements that shape consumers’ attitudes and willingness to purchase green apparel. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal Emerald Publishing

Sustainability efforts in the fast fashion industry: consumer perception, trust and purchase intention

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2040-8021
eISSN
2040-8021
DOI
10.1108/sampj-11-2019-0405
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Abstract

This study aims to test for factors affecting environmental sustainability and purchase intention in the fashion industry. Accordingly, the authors developed a framework that depicts the relationships between perceptions of social responsibility, consumer attitude, trust, purchase intention and perceived consumer effectiveness.Design/methodology/approachAn online survey was conducted with an internationally diverse sample of 216 consumers. Data were analysed using partial least squares structural equation modelling.FindingsThe results indicated that perceptions of social responsibility directly affect consumers’ attitudes towards these fashion brands, as well as trust and perceived consumer effectiveness. Also, consumers need to perceive sustainability efforts of these brands as altruistic, and trust was found to be a direct predictor of purchase intention. However, both consumer attitude and perceived consumer effectiveness did not predict purchase intention.Research limitations/implicationsThe survey was primarily distributed to young people. Therefore, a generalisation of the findings to other age groups might be limited.Practical implicationsPracticing managers should emphasise the fact that environmental sustainability and fast fashion brands could be sustainable to increase trust among consumers.Social implicationsWhen it comes to environmental issues, positive perceptions regarding the companies’ social responsibility efforts are vital to enhance both consumers’ trust towards the brands and their individual feeling of empowerment.Originality/valueThis study intends to shed light on the key elements that shape consumers’ attitudes and willingness to purchase green apparel.

Journal

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: May 13, 2021

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; Sustainability; Fashion marketing; Environmentally conscious consumer behaviour

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