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Millennials' evaluation of corporate social responsibility: The wants and needs of the largest and most ethical generation

Chatzopoulou, Elena, Kiewiet, Adrian (2020) Millennials' evaluation of corporate social responsibility: The wants and needs of the largest and most ethical generation. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, . ISSN 1472-0817. (doi:10.1002/cb.1882) (KAR id:84058)


Millennials are the most ethical generation, yet their evaluations of ethical practice remain unexplored in academic literature. Recently, the field of corporate social responsibility is moving closer to the forefront of corporate concerns as it climbs the hierarchy of consumer needs. Millennials are more aware of company activity than any other generation and so this presents a crucial opportunity for marketers to explore the gap between consumer attitudes and consumer purchasing behaviour by improving their understanding of this unique generation. This study explores how millennials evaluate corporate social responsibility (CSR), how authenticity perceptions are structured within CSR and what factors are most important to their ethical behaviour. In order to capture these antecedents with adequate depth, 15 qualitative interviews were conducted and analysed iteratively and rigorously using thematic analysis. According to the findings, millennials evaluate company activity through a lens of idealism. They have a natural scepticism for corporate ethics which drives them to look for cues that company actions are authentic and originate from unselfish motives. Activities associated with philanthropy are not trusted by millennials as they believe that companies should be responsible for their own domains of activity. This study is significant in providing managers with an in‐depth understanding of a powerful generation and its contemporary mentality.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/cb.1882
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Elena Chatzopoulou
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 09:32 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 17:42 UTC
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