Social Ethics envisages the philosophical and moral standards which depict the communal understanding of people and cultures and outlines an agenda which makes certain that all the members of the community are taken care of.  Traditional ethics are the benchmark to determine the correctness or incorrectness of behavior for people as a community. The concept of right or wrong, appropriate or inappropriate behavior is not the same within all groups or even individuals. What is good or right for one community may be bad or wrong for another community all living in the same city or town. No one can define social ethic in a precise and accurate manner that would be accurate and acceptable for all groups and communities.

Many companies are also bound by social ethics and principles. This might take the form or eco-conscious or “green” sourcing and packaging. Responsibilities to their communities might induce local business leaders to financially support local charities and also encourage their employees to help their communities by donating both money and time for the welfare of the community. This is their way of paying back to the communities that were instrumental in their success. One difficulty in attempting to define social ethics is that it constitutes of many different basic fundamentals that add to them. These include race, language, gender, culture and other principles that are necessary for the implementation of social ethics.

Other factors for the evaluation of social ethics include family values, religious beliefs, morality, and integrity. So that social values work due to such differences, societies usually work under a “majority system”. This ensures that the will of the majority is carried without harming or damaging in any way the interests of the minority and they are in no way deprived of any rights. Social ethics which are based on the basis of superior numbers or majority include sharing, doing good things and respecting the wishes and viewpoints of the minorities which involve accepting and tolerating different people.

Some of the most pressing and biggest questions in the sphere of social ethics are created by monetary statuses, migration and poverty and shortage of food.  Considerations about the environment, homosexuality, tolerance, capital punishment, abortion and human cloning also are major concerns. These and other related issues help to judge “right” or “wrong”. The most aspect of social ethics is to provide communities to handle contentious and hypersensitive issues so that the entire community co-exists amicably and without hostility for those who hold separate viewpoints.