DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ETHICS AND CODE OF CONDUCT

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ETHICS AND CODE OF CONDUCT

 

Code of conduct is the formal statement that defines how one should behave to others as part of the organization or association. Here the organization expects and requires employees to behave ethically in certain aspects. It is applicable only to those people belong to the specified group. Ethics is generally applicable to all people living in a region. Everyone is expected to follow ethics. Here ethics has a wider platform.

 

Ethics and Law

 

Ethics is a practice or part of culture and there is no punishment in violating ethics. It requires wholehearted support and self-motivated responses.

Law can be expressed as legalized ethics. If everybody follows ethics, there should not have been the need of law. Law is to be followed compulsorily. Law compels one to be ethical. If anybody violates law it will be dealt by the judiciary and executive organs of the government.

Ethics are about what is right and what is wrong. Law is about what is lawful and what is unlawful.

Law often represents an ethical minimum. It means that law demands only minimum level of ethics. That means, law begins only at the bottom level of ethics. Ethics is wider than law and it demands more worthy behavior. Ethics often represents a standard that exceeds the legal minimum.

 

Ethics and Value

 

The word ‘value’ is derived from a French word, ‘valoir’ which means the worth, merit, usefulness or importance of a thing. Values are prescriptive belief which depicts what is good and what is bad. Ethics and values are important in every aspect of life, when we have to make a choice between two things, ethics determine what is right, values determine what is important.

Ethics followed in personal life can be called value. Values kept in social life can be called ethics.

Ethics are the set of rules that govern the behaviour of a person relating to society, or it explains the reactions and responses of human beings towards others in a particular situation. But Values are the core of personality and a powerful force affecting behaviour.

Value is defined as the principles and ideals of a person, that forms his personality and help him in making judgement of what is more important. Values relate to one’s purpose in life and are used as guiding principles, to make the life easier.

Value Differs from person to person; but ethics is common to all. It means that value is personal while ethics is social. Value determines personality, while ethics defines a social human being.

 

 


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