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Impact of brand and country image on the perception of sustainability in the fashion business

  • The fashion and textile industry is presently confronted to participate in the sustainability movement and society demands corporate social responsibility. Today, it is crucial for fashion companies to be able to measure, monitor and improve environmental and social performance, due to the fact that there is a heightened awareness of sustainable practices by stakeholders. The purpose of this study is to investigate fashion consumers on their sustainable perception of a fashion company. More specifically, the objective of this study is to highlight the fashion consumer`s awareness in regards to the sustainable practices of a fashion company by considering the brand and country image factors. An experimental research design was utilized for the study and the researcher surveyed 120 fashion students. The basis of the surveys within the experiment is the present sustainable practice of the fashion brand H&M. This research aims to understand, if and how fashion consumers are influenced by a fashion brand image or its souring practices, when it comes to evaluate the sustainable performance of a fashion company. Results show that participants have significantly different perceptions when considering the fashion brand image of H&M on the one hand and the sourcing countries of H&M on the other. The result of this research provides useful information about the actual state of affairs in sustainable knowledge of the consumer and the related power of a brand's image and its sourcing strategies.

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Author of HS ReutlingenSträhle, Jochen; Köksal, Deniz
Erschienen in:International journal of business and commerce
Publisher:Asian Society of Business and Commerce Research
Place of publication:Lahore
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2015
Tag:brand image; fashion; sourcing; sustainability
Page Number:34
First Page:25
Last Page:58
DDC classes:380 Handel, Kommunikation, Verkehr
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Open Access