PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Interpersonal project team conflicts. Challenges with project sponsors. Vendor negotiations. Cultural differences. Government regulations. Project professionals interact with many different types of people, and often are faced with various ethical dilemmas throughout their careers.

Deciding what is ethical can be challenging, and the answers may differ depending on your organization and culture.

To provide some guidance, PMI volunteers helped to develop the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. All PMI members and credential holders must sign the code, agreeing to adhere to a high standard of ethical behavior.

The following excerpt from the Code explains its vision and purpose:

As practitioners of project management, we are committed to doing what is right and honorable. We set high standards for ourselves and we aspire to meet these standards in all aspects of our lives—at work, at home, and in service to our profession.

This Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct describes the expectations that we have of ourselves and our fellow practitioners in the global project management community. It articulates the ideals to which we aspire as well as the behaviors that are mandatory in our professional and volunteer roles.

The purpose of this Code is to instill confidence in the project management profession and to help an individual become a better practitioner. We do this by establishing a profession-wide understanding of appropriate behavior. We believe that the credibility and reputation of the project management profession is shaped by the collective conduct of individual practitioners.