Does employees' participation in decision making increase the level of corporate social and environmental sustainability? An investigation in South Asia

Omer Farooq, Mariam Farooq, Emmanuelle Reynaud

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    Abstract

    Although previous studies have explored the role of legal framework, industry norms, innovation, and the use of clean technologies to achieve sustainability, they have paid little attention to the role of employees in increasing a firm's sustainability performance. This article develops a model based on social identity theory and proposes that employees whose organizational identification is rooted in the sustainability of the firm can influence the sustainability strategy of the firm through the participation process. Data were obtained from 421 employees of large fastmoving consumer goods manufacturers. The findings demonstrate that employee participation has a strong positive effect on all the components of sustainability (environmental and societal). Moreover, the findings show that the impact of employee participation on the components of sustainability is moderated by organizational identification in such a way that if employees have a strong sense of identification with their organization, their participation in decision making has a greater impact on the sustainability of their organization.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number511
    JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
    Volume11
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 18 2019

    Keywords

    • Corporate sustainability
    • Employees' participation in decision making
    • Environmental sustainability practices
    • Societal sustainability practices
    • South Asia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Building and Construction
    • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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