Project Management Institute has defined a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that all members of PMI are expected to adhere to when managing projects. This Code is intended to address moral, ethical and cultural competencies.
Part of your essential reading is to read the Project Management Institute Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. This is available from PMI as a part of the “Certification Handbook” intended to prepare you for your PMP certification project. This standard governing the conduct of project managers and PMP’s has been developed over the past twenty-plus years. The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct responds to changes in the world or project management that have occurred during that time.
In general, this code is intended to instill confidence in the profession of project management by providing a common frame of behavior for project managers. In general, compliance with this code should facilitate each practitioner becoming more proficient as they comply with the code.
The Code addresses the areas of responsibility, respect, fairness, honesty and cultural competence.
- Taking the best actions for a specific situation
- Taking actions supported by knowledge
- Fulfilling project and professional requirements
- Protecting sensitive information
- Upholding the Code
- Compliance with all applicable laws and regulations (mandatory)
- Reporting unethical or illegal behavior (mandatory)
- Keeping informed about cultural norms and customs
- Listening to stakeholders
- Addressing conflict as required
- Behaving professionally at all times
- Negotiating in good faith with customers and suppliers (mandatory)
- Refraining from personal enrichment (mandatory)
- Not acting abusively (mandatory)
- Respect others property rights (mandatory)
- Make decisions in a transparent manner
- Act impartially
- Provide equal access to information
- Provide equal opportunity when acquiring resources
- Avoid conflicts of interest (mandatory)
- Act fairly when hiring, do not base decisions on personal considerations (mandatory)
- Do not discriminate against individuals based on social prejudices (mandatory)
- Apply rules impartially (mandatory)
- Seek the truth
- Speak the truth
- Make commitments in good faith
- Do not engage in or condone dishonesty (mandatory)
- Cultural Competence
- Be aware of cultural differences
- Respect other cultures ways of behavior and moral interpretations
- Maintain professional sensitivity when dealing with other cultures
- Practice cultural awareness in all project situations
- Many professional responsibility questions can be answered simply by using common sense. These questions will be incorporated into project scenarios. The best choice is usually to choose to do the right thing.