I was waiting for someone to ask this.
Morality derives what is right and wrong from what God supposedly says is right and wrong. That's morality.
Ethics derives its sense of right and wrong from the mores and contracts of societies that we live in. In many cases, ethics is most certainly informed by morality. It's both immoral and unethical to commit murder, for instance.
Just because it's legal, that doesn't make it ethical. It's not illegal to commit adultery, but it is an unethical thing to do.
There's no body of cultural relativism to say it's unacceptable.
There is. What do you think we are doing right now? I don't know about you, but I'm in a position to buy or not buy Belkin products, and I often base my consumer habits on the ethical track record of a company.
Companies receive mixed signals. On the one hand, most of us know what's unethical or even immoral, but the free-market fanatics are also pursuing this line where companies are expected and even encouraged to break or bend or circumvent the rules, especially government regulations that are in place precisely because given the chance, companies choose to behave unethically when they can get away with it.
Once again, I reiterate: Belkin is acting unethically. There is no way to justify what they've done.
I'm also not sure what morality is supposed to bring to a company. Wal-Mart makes a lot of hay about how decent and God-fearing and all-American their operation is (read: Moral), while steadfastly resisting paying their employees a living wage, and pricing health care benefits out of reach for all but a handful of their employees. So I'm not sure that companies who get on the morality bandwagon are any more ethical than companies who don't.
As I told the other poster, ethics doesn't mean you can just do whatever you want.
Ethics and morality are complimentary, not adversarial.
"Hands that help are better by far than lips that pray."- Robert G. Ingersoll
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