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Role of Employer Green Commitment and Employee Green Awareness in Predicting Employee Green Behaviour: An Empirical Study of Apparel Manufacturing Firms in Sri Lanka

Abstract

Nowadays, Green Human Resources Management (GHRM) has become a trend among many countries and organizations worldwide that care about their carbon footprint. According to the existing literature, one of the significant aspects of GHRM is the employee green behavior (EGB) which is deemed to make a positive change towards sustainable development goals. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether employer green commitment and employee green awareness are determinants of the employee green behaviour. In this research, a cross-sectional study was conducted to achieve the purpose of the study. The primary data were collected through 50 randomly selected supervisory level employees of five Apparel Manufacturing Organizations in Katunayaka Industrial Zone, Sri Lanka by using a Questionnaire-based survey method. The results of the regression analysis revealed the employee green awareness and employer green commitment are determinants of the employee green behaviours. Therefore, Employers have a huge responsibility to be committed on the green practices and to transform their green awareness towards their employee so that the employees involve in green behaviour. The policy makers should consider the green practices and green policies in the design of training and development programs as well as they should provide an example to their employees by being committed to green practices. Limitations of the study and implications for future research are also discussed.

Keywords: Employee Green Behaviour, Employee Green Awareness, Green HRM, Sustainable Development.