The impact of ethical fashion on consumer purchase behavior

Bin Shen, Yulan Wang, Kwan Yu Lo, Momoko Shum

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between ethical fashion and consumer purchase behavior (their willingness to pay a premium for ethical fashion), with the focus on consumers' concerns and beliefs about, and knowledge of, ethical fashion. Design/methodology/approach: A self-completion questionnaire was administered to 109 respondents. Factor analysis and other statistical analyses were applied to test hypotheses. Findings: The findings suggest that consumer beliefs about ethical fashion, which are based on their perceptions of a company in terms of its reputation in the fashion industry, influence their support for what they perceive as socially and environmentally responsible businesses. Research limitations/implications: The sample size, which is relatively small, is a limitation for this research. The data were collected in Hong Kong, limiting findings to that geographic region. Practical implications: An important implication is that consumer education is essential to mitigate the prevailing throwaway culture and raise consumer awareness of ethical issues facing the fashion industry. Thus, retailers should take initiatives to educate consumers so as to ensure the success of their newly-launched ethical fashion products. Originality/value: The paper proposes an approach to clearly understand the impacts of ethical fashion on consumer purchase behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-245
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Fashion Marketing and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


  • Consumer behaviour
  • Consumer purchase behaviour
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Environmentally responsible business
  • Ethical fashion
  • Ethics
  • Fashion
  • Hong Kong
  • Perception
  • Socially responsible business

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Marketing


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