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Understanding what is ethically right vs. what is legally right

Sujatha Dwaraganath (vsujatha75@gmail.com) is Manager of Tata Consultancy Services in Chennai Tamil Nadu, India.

In the world of law, the differences between ethics and legality can often be misconstrued. There are some who believe that if something is legal, it must be ethical and vice-versa. If something is illegal, it must—by rule of law—be unethical. But this is not always the case. In fact, the lines between what is ethically and morally right and what is legally right are not so straightforward.

In this article, we’ll examine this topic in further detail and discuss the difference between ethics and law, particularly as it pertains to corporate ethics and culture and business ethics and procedures. We’ll discuss several key concepts and examine several case studies that illustrate the difference between ethics and legality. Let’s get started now.

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