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Ethical Responsibilities of Brick and Mortar Retailers

International Journal of Business Ethics in Developing Economies

Volume 6 Issue 2

Published: 2017
Author(s) Name: Bodh Raj Sharma | Author(s) Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce, University of Jammu, J&K, India.
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Abstract

Retailers have ethical responsibilities in their dealings with different stakeholders. All the stakeholders have expectations from retailers and the retailers in obligation to fulfil their expectations in an ethical manner. Retailers have ethical responsibility towards customers, employees, suppliers, financers, competitors, government, and the community as a whole. In fact, some researchers have conceptualised responsibilities of retailers but the in-depth empirical investigation has not yet done. The study empirically examines the ethical responsibilities of brick and mortar retailers towards various stakeholders. The data were obtained from 200 retailers through a self-designed schedule. The exploratory factor analysis extracted ten factors out of various variables representing ethical responsibilities of retailers towards different stakeholders. The results indicate that brick and mortar retailers are moderately ethical towards various stakeholders. The present study will be highly beneficial for the researchers, retailers, customers, regulatory bodies and policy makers for new insights and better regulation.

Keywords: Retailing Ethics Brick and Mortar, Retailers, Stakeholders, Customers, Ethical Responsibilities

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