Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct

eth•ics plural noun

Moral principles that govern a person’s or group’s behavior.


Ethics is about making the best possible decisions concerning people, resources and the environment. Ethical choices diminish risk, advance positive results, increase trust, determine long term success and build reputations. Leadership is absolutely dependent on ethical choices.

PMI members have determined that honesty, responsibility, respect and fairness are the values that drive ethical conduct for the project management profession. PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct applies those values to the real-life practice of project management, where the best outcome is the most ethical one.

All PMI members, volunteers, certification holders and certification applicants must comply with the Code.

PMI President & CEO Mark A. Langley talks about valuing ethics.

  • Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct

    Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct

    As practitioners of project management, we are committed to doing what is right and honorable. Our ethics code:

    • Describes expectations that we have of ourselves and our fellow practitioners.
    • Articulates ideals to which we aspire and behaviors that are mandatory.
    • Aims to instill confidence in the profession and help individuals become better practitioners.

  • Ethical Decision-Making Framework

    Ethical Decision-Making Framework

    The Ethical Decision-Making Framework is a practical resource to guide you toward ethical choices and accountability. It will be helpful if you are faced with an ethical dilemma.

    • Use the Framework to stimulate your critical thinking throughout the ethical decision-making process.
    • Follow its sequence of questions and sub-questions from recognition of the issue through decision and action. The answers are your responsibility.
    • You can also use the Framework reflectively at the end of a decision-making process to see if the important steps were taken and the important considerations made.

Related Resource

Acting Ethically is Vital for the Profession

PMI Board of Directors Chair Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, MBA, PMP and volunteer leaders from the PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group discuss the importance of ethics in PMI Today®.


Guidelines for the Conduct of PMI Global Operations Centre (GOC) Volunteers

By Project Management Institute

Enhance your understanding of the obligation for right and honorable conduct required by our ethics code.

Five Steps To Ethical Decision Making

By the PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group

Discover the strong connection between project leadership and ethical decision-making. Explore a realistic dilemma using the Framework.


By Alankar Karpe, PMP, PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group

Ethical problems are common in workplaces where many individuals work with diverse motivations, ideas, education and backgrounds. Project teams and organizations must define what conduct is acceptable and what is not.

Ethics and Moral Leadership in Project Management

By Shobhna Raghupathy, MS, PMP, PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group

Making ethical decisions is not easy because not every dilemma has a right solution. Ethics and leadership combined can add a moral dimension to decision-making at any organization. 

Ethics at PMI


    Ethics in Project Management

    Understand why ethics matters and navigate our information.

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    Ethics Resources

    Articles and webinars to expand your understanding.

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    Ethics Complaint & Review Process

    How to file or respond to an ethics complaint.

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Have an Ethics Question?

Please contact the PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group with questions, concerns or useful ideas. Email to