Pro-environmental behaviour in the workplace and the role of managers and organisation

Renate Wesselink*, Vincent Blok, Jarno Ringersma

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Corporate social responsibility is gaining significance in the business world. However, scholars haven't sufficiently examined the factors that influence the small, everyday sustainability behaviors that individual employees might choose to perform. This study had the aim to unravel factors that affect pro-environmental behaviour (PEB) of individual employees. In addition to the known factors of the theory of planned behaviour (attitude towards PEB, subjective norms, perceived behavioural control, and intention to act), factors as leadership support, perceived organisational support for the environment (POS-E) (taken together as institutional support), and leadership (exemplary) behaviour were taken into account. Although the relationship between intention to act and PEB was not significant in this study, based on the findings it can be concluded that leadership behaviour (as exemplary behaviour) and POS-E or in other words the perceived organisational support to act proenvironmentally friendly, are affecting both intention to act and PEB. It is remarkable that leadership support does not affect the intention to act and actual PEB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1679-1687
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Early online date30 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Leadership behaviour
  • Perceived organisational support-environment
  • Private sector
  • Pro-environmental behaviour
  • Theory of planned behaviour


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