Ethics and morals are both about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ behaviour:
- Ethics refer to rules provided by an external source such as codes of conduct in a workplace or profession.
- Morals refer to an individual’s own principles regarding right and wrong (a personal compass) based on personal beliefs.
What are the origins of the words?
The two words are often confused and used interchangeably, a confusion which can be traced back to their original meanings which were very similar.