Ethical and Moral Issues

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Individuals deal with ethical and moral issues in their everyday life, whether is at work, home, and even at school. The following will review the differences between ethical issues and moral issues. The differences between personal ethics and business ethics, follow by examples of common ethical problems in business.

Ethics is the study of standards of conduct and moral judgment; moral philosophy the system or code of morals of a particular person, religion, group, profession, etc. (Your Dictionary, n.d.). Which refers to the concept of what is right and wrong, moral and immoral. Moral is relating to, dealing with, or capable of making the distinction between right and wrong in conduct (Your Dictionary, n.d.).

The difference between ethical issues and moral issues can be significant, subtle, or can sometimes appear the same. Ethical issues is a problem or situation that requires a person or organization to choose between alternatives that must be evaluated as right (ethical) or wrong (unethical) (Business Dictionary, n.d.). For instance, an ethical issue would be businesses ignoring unethical practices by its suppliers, such as use of child labor and forced labor, production in sweatshops, violation of the basic right of workers, and ignoring health, safety and environmental standards. According to McDougall (2008) "In 2008, UK clothing firm Primark fired three Indian suppliers, after an investigation from the BBC's Panorama and The Observer uncovered children laboring to produce some of its cheapest garments."

Moral issues is an issue of moral concern shown to be any issue with the potential to help or harm anyone, including yourself. (P.l.e., 2009). Some examples of moral issues would be lying, stealing, cheating, and committing a crime. If a single mother worked at baby retail store where they supplied food and clothing, and was struggling to feed her baby because she had no money until next week's paycheck; does she think about stealing...
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