Ethics is oŸen erroneously confused with compliance with the law. In reality, ethics is much broader than the law. In this chapter, however, the focus is on compliance with the law.
Ethics and law seem tightly intertwined for obvious reasons. Violation of laws related to ethics can lead to ¡nes and penalties for organizations and individuals, can end in debarment, or can cause a public relations disaster. Ethical situations and transgressions that do not involve the law, more oŸen than not, are dealt with in a much quieter way. ’e legal penalties for violations are oŸen substantial and, consequently, demand, immediate attention.