Attitudes Towards Environmental Responsibility within Australia and India: A Comparative Study

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Vol. 57, No. 5, 769–791, 2014

Posted: 10 Feb 2016 Last revised: 3 May 2016

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Asit Bhattacharyya

University of Newcastle (Australia)

Lorne Cummings

Macquarie University - Faculty of Business and Economics

Date Written: February 8, 2016

Abstract

Efforts to promote corporate environmental responsibility (CER) require an understanding of stakeholder attitudes towards enhanced accountability. However, little is known about current attitudes on this subject. This study presents a survey of the attitudes of corporate managers across Australia and India towards 16 key contemporary environmental responsibility issues. The study sought to explore whether respondents from these countries, characterised by differing levels of development, differ in their attitudes towards environmental responsibility (ER). The findings indicate that Indian respondents were stronger in their support, and identified a select few issues to be more important over other environmental factors. Although Australian respondents moderately supported most of the environmental issues, they were not prominent in supporting most environmental issues under question. Results indicated overall positive attitudes towards ER by both the groups of respondents. Significant differences did exist between the 318 respondents on 8 of the 16 questions. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) confirmed three distinct environmental factors for Australian respondents and four environmental factors for Indian respondents.

Keywords: attitude; ER (environmental responsibility); Australian; Indian

Suggested Citation

Bhattacharyya, Asit and Cummings, Lorne, Attitudes Towards Environmental Responsibility within Australia and India: A Comparative Study (February 8, 2016). Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Vol. 57, No. 5, 769–791, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2729630

Asit Bhattacharyya (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle (Australia) ( email )

University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia

Lorne Cummings

Macquarie University - Faculty of Business and Economics ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2109
Australia

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