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The Effects of Corporate Environmental Responsibility Activities on Corporate Image: Focusing on Dimension of Environmental Responsibility

기업의 환경적 책임활동이 기업이미지에 미치는 효과: 환경적 책임활동 차원을 중심으로

  • Received : 2014.08.18
  • Accepted : 2014.10.13
  • Published : 2014.10.30

Abstract

Different from the past studies, in this study we postulates that the consumers' trust play an essential mediating role in the relationship between the two dimensions (eco-friendly manufacturing, eco-friendly campaign) of corporate environmental responsibility activities and the corporate image. Trust is conceptualized into three different forms: expertise-based trust, benevolence-based trust, and honesty-based trust. A model integrating two dimensions of corporate environmental responsibility, three forms of trust, and the corporate image is tested using data of 374 student and general consumers. The results of data analysis show that the eco-friendly manufacturing positively influences on the expert-based trust and the eco-friendly campaign positively influences on the benevolence-based trust. The Effects of Corporate Environmental Responsibility Activities on Corporate Image: Focusing on Dimension of Environmental Responsibility. However, eco-friendly manufacturing, eco-friendly campaign activities have a significant impact not on the honesty-based trust. Finally, our results indicate that the expert-based trust, the benevolence-based trust, and honesty-based trust have a significant influence on the corporate image. Thus, this study demonstrates that trust indeed plays a mediating role between corporate environmental responsibility and the corporate image.

본 논문은 기업의 환경적 책임활동이 기업의 신뢰형성에 미치는 효과를 고찰하였다. 특히, 기존 연구와 다르게 본 연구에서는 기업의 환경적 책임활동 차원을 두 가지 차원(친환경 제품생산 활동 vs. 친환경 캠페인 활동)으로 구분하고, 이 두 가지 환경적 책임활동이 전문성 신뢰, 호의성 신뢰, 정직성 신뢰에 어떠한 차별적 영향을 미치는지를 살펴보고자 하였다. 그리고 이러한 세 가지 신뢰가 기업이미지 형성에 미치는 효과를 고찰하였다. 분석결과, 기업의 친환경 제품생산 활동 노력은 전문성 신뢰에 긍정적인 영향을 미치는 것으로 나타났으며, 기업의 친환경 캠페인 노력은 호의성 신뢰에 긍정적인 영향을 미치는 것으로 나타났다. 그러나 기업의 친환경 제품생산 활동과 친환경 캠페인 활동 노력은 정직성 신뢰에 유의한 영향을 미치지 않는 것으로 나타났다. 끝으로 기업에 대한 전문성 신뢰와 호의성 신뢰, 그리고 정직성 신뢰는 기업이미지 형성에 긍정적인 영향을 미치는 것으로 나타났다. 결과적으로 기업의 환경적 책임활동 노력은 기업이미지 형성에 중요한 영향을 미침을 확인할 수 있었으며, 나아가 신뢰가 이들 두 변수 간의 관계(기업의 환경적 책임활동${\rightarrow}$기업이미지)에서 중요한 매개역할을 한다는 사실을 확인할 수 있었다.

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Supported by : 조선대학교, 순천향대학교

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