The results of the study indicate that individuals show highest willingness to purchase products (a shirt or a soap) when no animal cruelty and no child labor certifications are present.
Swetarupa Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Meghalaya, India.
Naman Sreen, Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India; Indian Institute of Management Rohtak, Haryana, India.
Jyoti Rana, Dean, Skill Faculty of Management Studies, Shri Vishwakarma Skill University, Palwal, Haryana, India.
Amandeep Dhir, Department of Management, School of Business & Law, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.
Pradip H. Sadarangani, Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Meghalaya, India.
In emerging markets, instances of increasing consumers focus on ethical aspects of the product are observed. To this end, we aim to examine the influence of two ethical certifications and two product involvement types on consumers’ willingness to purchase ethical products at price premiums in the Indian market.
No animal cruelty certification and no child labor certification are chosen as the ethical certifications, and a shirt and a bar of soap are chosen as high and low involvement product categories. Data is collected from 206 respondents for the experiment, in which consumers’ willingness to purchase a product is evaluated for different product scenarios.
The results of the study indicate that individuals show highest willingness to purchase products (a shirt or a soap) when both certifications (no animal cruelty, no child labor) are present. However, in comparing individual certifications, individuals prefer no animal cruelty certification for a shirt and no child labor certification for a bar of soap.
The study provides insights to practitioners regarding consumers present perception of ethical aspects in the product and directions to increase sales of ethical products in the Indian market.
Published in: International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing
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