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The Ethical Colour: Exploring the intention-behaviour (I-B) gap among Generation Y women with relation to ethical makeup
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Makeup has become the fastest‐growing beauty category in the last years, partly due to the effects of the digitalisation, and the growing importance conferred upon the digital image. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the business practices behind the goods they buy, and the impact of their purchases on the environment, and the human and animal welfare. However, not always ethical intentions are translated into purchases. This gap between the intention and the actual behaviour, also known as “I-B gap”, has been researched within the sectors of food or clothing; however, it remains unexplored in the case of makeup.

Purpose: This thesis aims to explore the main reasons leading to the I-B gap in reference to ethical makeup.

Method: An exploratory qualitative study based on 14 semi-structured interviews was conducted among European millennial females.

Conclusions: The yawning gap existing between intention and behaviour towards ethical makeup is shown in this paper, as well as the factors that explain it. Despite the positive overall attitude and intention of the sample towards such products, the general lack of awareness associated with the ethical makeup is evidenced. Furthermore, the store environment, ranging from the products display and visibility, to the customer service, and the samples’ trial availability, exert a major influence on purchase. In addition, the brand or product attachment may play a crucial role in the final purchase decision. More specifically, this research reveals that consumers appeared to remain loyal towards makeup products that they are already satisfied and familiar with. These aspects seem to represent a challenge to overcome by ethical makeup companies, since above the ethical credentials, customers value other aspects such as the effectiveness, the suitability of the product with the skin type, the quality-price balance, the availability or the variety.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 99
Keywords [en]
Ethical consumerism, makeup, Intention-Behaviour gap, consumer behaviour
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Social Sciences Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43961ISRN: SRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-2-20190820OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43961DiVA, id: diva2:1319814
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JIBS, Business Administration
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Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved

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